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  1. #1
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    Default Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    Since it was my first year, I left all the honey on my hives for the winter. Now that spring is approaching I am looking for some spring harvesters tips and suggestions.

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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    I left a full 20 bars of honey in a top bar hive. this spring nearly all of it is gone. They have tons of brood though.

    My tip woudl be that if you want to get any of that honey that is left you do it soon.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    I would not take any honey until more is coming in. The easiest way to determine if the honey is surplus is when they are storing it.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    Honey should be harvfested in the Summer and Fall. You are too late, Leave it.

    Crazy Roland

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    Ya, the bees'll take that honey and make more bees. This time of the year, that's the ticket to a strong hive for splitting.

  6. #6
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    By spring my fall honey is all crystallized and virtually impossible to harvest. I leave it for them to build up on in the spring.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    ToneTone I had a lot of honey left this spring from a dead out and I took two frames and used the crush and strain method and all went well. Check to see if it is crystalized and if not you can enjoy some. Warm it up to 100 degrees if you can, you oven with the light on will get to about 100 given some time.
    TF far northern Minnesota

  8. #8
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    Jul 2011
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    Dixon, MO, USA
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    Default Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    So to rather ask than reply, I have the small cell plastic frames that are loaded with spots of honey, not brood. I thought if putting a board over the top super and laid a frame over top and scratched it open (enclosed in an empty box), I could get my brood frame back sooner (assuming they move the honey below into the super. Thoughts?

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