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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
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    Campbellville, Ontario, Canada
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    Hello all

    So, I've taken my second harvest off of my first hive, first season. I may have another 2 gallons of honey, after taking 1 1/2 gallon already.

    Obviously, my first year have been a lucky one. Well, I had to be lucky at something at least once ....

    Now, I figure pretty soon the season is going to come to an end. My questions are:

    How do I know when its time to wind things down?

    When I remove my honey super, what do I do with partially filled frames?

    When I remove the honey super and the queen excluder, the hive is going to shrink. What happens to all the spare bees?

    By the way, one thing I learned from my first harvest was that I don't like cranking my extractor. Not hard work, but it keeps me tied up. So I spent about $35 on misc spare parts & motorized it. Rube Goldberg would have been proud!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    >How do I know when its time to wind things down?

    You won't. The bees will wind things down. But a sudden rain can cause a bloom and a short honey flow from now until at least the first hard frost.

    >When I remove my honey super, what do I do with partially filled frames?

    I leave them on until I get a frost. Then, if they still aren't capped, I stack them up and let them dry. I just judge them by eye, but you can get equipment to measure moisture content. I look for it to be thick like honey.

    >When I remove the honey super and the queen excluder, the hive is going to shrink. What happens to all the spare bees?

    Which is partly why I would leave that last super on until the first frost. The other reasons is you may get another short flow yet.

    >By the way, one thing I learned from my first harvest was that I don't like cranking my extractor. Not hard work, but it keeps me tied up. So I spent about $35 on misc spare parts & motorized it. Rube Goldberg would have been proud!

    When buying a new one, I highly recommend spending the extra money for a motorized one. It really makes a big difference. Harvest is a lot of work without having to crank the extractor too.


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