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  1. #1
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    Default What to do with uncapped frames?

    I removed the last of my honey supers today. I had already extracted once and replaced the supers for a second harvest. After extracting the ripe frames, I still have alot of frames that are partially capped or filled with no capping at all. I would like to feed this back to the bees, but I put on my Apigaurd today and dont want to contaminate my frames by putting them back on the hive. I thought about open feeding far away from the hives? If I do this do I need to uncap the cells that are capped? The only problem I have with open feeding is the fact that I will be feeding the wasps and yellow jackets also (as well as other peoples bees perhaps). Would these frames be ok until my apiguard is off the hives? Could I extract this unripe honey and feed it back in top-feeders? It is alot of "honey" and I dont want it to go to waste.

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    Do you have a large enough freezer to keep them in? That will keep the nectar from fermenting & kill wax moth eggs too.

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    No I dont. But we have been needing to buy one.... If I were to freeze them, do I put them back in the spring and let them bees finish them, or put them on after treatment for the bees to use?

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    Why not cut the capped comb and put it into a jar? There is a demand for comb honey. Take some of your previous harvest and pour into the new jars to fill them.

    I had a similar situation. I saved the capped stuff and put the rest of the uncapped frames back into the supers and put the supers about 300 feet from the hives to let the bees clean them out. There wasn't any misbeehaving between hive clans and the frames were clean in no time.

    I'm freezing the frames now, two at a time in the kitchen freezer. My wife is complaining about the dripped wax and honey on the kitchen floor.
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  5. #5
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    I would but it is on wired foundation. I wish I had done more cut comb honey this year. Will bees rob out the capped cells too?

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    You'll need to uncap the capped cells in order to get a nice clean uniform cleanup. If you leave them they will sometimes uncap them, but often they will not.
    Troy

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