how long does it take to cap honey?

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  1. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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    I mean really, they've had a couple of weeks now with the nectar in their nice fresh comb. There's a small section all capped and pretty, but the rest. . . nuthin'
    I'm a patient man, but daaaayummm this is killin me:beg:
     
  2. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    There are so many factors that influence the rate of capping, it's almost impossible to give an answer. Just to mention a few of the factors:
    1. The weather--wet/rainy vs hot/dry
    2. The strength of the hive
    3. The source of the nectar (% water)
    4. The intensity of the honey flow.
    5. The famiiy's need for feed for brood.
    I'm sure others who will answer will add more factors.
     

  3. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    I think it has a lot to do with the weather. The bees will not cap the honey until it has evaporated down to a certain percent moisture (can't remember what right now)... which makes it honey and not nectar. My guess is that this evaporation happens more slowly when it is humid.

    Or perhaps it is like boiling water... it takes longer if you watch!
     
  4. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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    that could be. I'm just being an impatient newbie :)
     
  5. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    Ef's List

    Add to the list --- Strain of bee.

    Some strains of bee are slower than others in capping honey. People making comb honey will not have a strain that is slow to cap.
     
  6. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    #1 - percentage of moisture = less than 18%
    Another reason bees may not be capping = if they feel that they are going to be needing or using it shortly, they will not waste the time to cap it.