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  1. #1
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    Default Storing a frame of nectar

    How long can I store a frame of nectar before it starts to go bad?

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    Nectar or honey??
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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    nectar

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    I would think it would be subject to fermentation
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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    Shake it out good (don't get it on your shoes. I've stored mine for up to 18 months in a freezer and reused it as drawn comb
    EAS Georgia Certified. "Tradition - Even if you have done it the same way for years doesn't mean that it is not stupid."

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    What if I keep it in my garage for 3 days, and then put a package of bees in?

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    Quote Originally Posted by Honeycomb View Post
    What if I keep it in my garage for 3 days, and then put a package of bees in?
    Why not leave it in the donor hive until you need it ?
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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    I suppose I should have done that after going through the hives, but now they are just sitting in the garage. I thought maybe I could find a package of bees to order somewhere and put them in, but it seems like everything is sold out. Ugh. I suppose I could shake the nectar out....I don't have much freezer space though. Does it have to be stored in the freezer, or will the nectar residue be problematic? I hate to see all that comb go to waste. I wasn't really anticipating this part of beekeeping! Does anyone know where I could get some package bees?

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    Update: I will be getting a swarm of bees today or tomorrow. Yay!!! Those nectar frames will have been in my garage for 2-3 days. Will they still be safe?

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    Default Re: Storing a frame of nectar

    They would have been safe 2 or 3 weeks from now. If the bees don't like something they clean it out of the hive.

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