Re: How do those with tall hives get their supers off safely?
I have backed up to hives so I could stand on the tailgate to get to the top super. I took honey off once for a friend who had some really tall hives. Once enough supers were taken off we put a cover back on and worked the one next to it until it got short enough to work from the ground.
I also know beekeepers who lay tall hives down on their backs and break the brood chambers off of the rest of the hive. Then the honey supers are worked. Two beekeepers lay the hive down.
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