Re: When to extract?
For you, where you are and having only one hive, extracting after the last nectar flow is done is probably a good idea, if you have enuf equipment.
Originally Posted by BurlingtonBeekeeper
For folks like myself and others, extracting the early honey, throwing supers back on and extracting the late honey makes sense for a cpl reasons. First of all, the early honey is usually lighter, w/ basswood and clover honeys in the combs. The later honey is usually somewhat darker w/ goldenrod, loostrife and other floral source nectars making up the honey. So, seperating the light from the dark makes sense to folks like me and bigger, because lighter colored honey demands a higher price than the darker grades.
On top of all that, I don't have an endless supply of supers for storage of all the honey that could potentially come in. So extracting to have empty combs available is necassary.
Then there are colder temps, higher fuel costs to warm the honey and time management. It's easier to extract the honey when it is warm.
All of that said, taking off all the honey after the last flow is okay. Some people wait until spring.
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