In my attempt to regress my bees to building small cells, my bees have made, on their first attempt, normal(5 mm+)-sized cells. They built these cells on frames using thin starter strips of pure comb, so these combs are not reinforced. Since I do not want them to raise brood in these frames, I have placed these frames above the queen excluder, and they are now filled with honey.
My question is: how successful will I be trying to extract the honey from these foundationless and unwired frames using a mechanical extractor? Or, should I just forget the extractor and remove the combs from the frames and squeeze the honey out?
Oyster<br />Concord, CA <br />San Francisco Bay Area