My father and I have kept 2-3 hives on his farm for the last three, have enjoyed
it alot and get much more honey than we can easily sell or give away each year.
However we haven't been very successful at swarm control, and decided we don't
want to feed our hives through the winter again just so they can swarm right
when the honey flow starts next year. I've never seen anything written about
how to take away ALL they honey from a hive: supers and brood chamber alike.
Beekeeping books mention overwintering colonies versus starting with all fresh
package or nucs each spring, but never go into detail about how to harvest
should you decide not to overwinter your colonies. Does anyone have any
experience with the mechanics of this? I'm wondering how to physically remove
the brood chamber honey, and how to get as little brood and as much honey as
possible.