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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Salix, Pa, USA

    Default Leftover Honey from Collapsed Hive

    Hi. I was able to go out and check my hives last Friday since it was close to 60 degrees and found that 1 of my 5 hives was completely dead. I think it was due to some type of humidity/moisture problem in the hive since most of the dead bees in the hive were very moist compared to most dead bees that clog the entrances in winter. Anyway, I can't say for for sure, but I don't think that they died from a disease. There was about 8 medium frames of honey left in the hive. Can I try to extract it if it didn't granulate in the comb?I assume saving it and feeding to other hives in the spring would be a mistake since I can't say for sure what killed the bees.

    I just wasn't sure if there was anything that could happen in a hive that would make capped honey unconsumeable for a human if it sat in there over the winter months because the hive collapsed.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Arcata, California, USA

    Default Re: Leftover Honey from Collapsed Hive

    I had a similar situation a few weeks ago and gratefully harvested 8 frames of honey. My honey is all for my use, I didn't treat in the fall except for sugar dusting, and no bee diseases are also people diseases, so I don't see a risk.


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