I'm new to this forum and relatively new to beekeeping. I've had one hive since last spring, and as of yesterday, I have two (captured a swarm!) My question is about when to extract honey.
Is it better for the bees to extract while there is still nectar flowing (I live in Vermont so it's nearing the end of nectar flow)? Or can I extract any time as long as I leave enough honey for them to survive the winter?
I've heard that it's better to extract while there is still nectar flowing so that they can replenish their stores, but that doesn't quite make sense to me because I won't be taking honey from the deeps anyway. Why not wait until after nectar flow? Can anyone clarify this for me?