Is it ok to extract honey from a failed hive?
One of my hives did not make it through the winter. The upper deep is completely filled with capped honey. I would normally just restock the hive with new bees, however, I have completely switched over to small cell frames and the failed hive was the last remaining large cell left. Is it safe to extract the honey to eat?
There does not seem to be any signs of disease. I'm pretty sure they lost their queen last fall and I was too late in re-queening before the winter.