Super Removal the Michael Bush Way (Hobby/Sideliner)

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by ibeelearning, May 20, 2016.

  1. ibeelearning

    ibeelearning Member

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    After years of struggling with fume board$, nasty compounds, bee escapes, compressed air, brushing & sprint, etc., I finally tried a Michael Bush method:

    Take the honey super off and set it on its end on a pallet within the bee yard. Walk away overnight. Recover it early the next morning before the sun is up and the bees fly.

    Tried it with the first 5 supers yesterday evening/this morning. 99% of the bees had returned to their hives for the night and the remaining girls had partied so hard the night before that they did not put up much of a fight... bushed them off and put the frames in the truck.

    Granted, these were in-town hives behind my office, and I probably won't be comfortable doing this in my outlying bee yards... I'd have nightmares of critters, vandals, and thieves. But maybe not. I might think about a pallet to build a rough (all my carpentry is comically rough) chicken wire cage and set it on posts and fillable cans (for ants).
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    that is a good idea. I usually don't harvest full boxes so I take an empty nuc or medium on a same size board (just a piece of plywood cut to hive size) and move the frames I want into it, put a telescoping cover on, move it to some strategically positioned place and I rarely have more than half a dozen bees. But the sitting it on end is different.
     

  3. camero7

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    Some put the super on the top of the hive and pick it up the next morning. I feel like it sometimes causes robbing. I'll stick with the blower.