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  1. #1
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    Default Cleaning up wet supers

    Looking for a better method to clean up supers after extracting.

    In the past, I've just put supers out near the bee yard. There are two problems with this. First, it stimulates robbing. Second, the yellowjackets have a field day. Yellowjackets are a real problem in this area some years. Last year they killed around 15% of my fall hives. Once they taste honey, they are like sharks in a feeding frenzy.

    One year, I put the empty supers on top of my hives. Problem is they didn't transfer the honey down to the main hive. Just consolidated it and sealed it in place in the super itself.

    I'd like a method that could be used to "top off" light hives. Transferring the honey from the wet supers down to the hive itself.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Put them on top of your inner cover, the bees will clean them and move the honey down.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Put them under the brood chamber.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Put them under the brood chamber.
    Would that work for uncapped crystalized frames of honey?

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    I don't use inner covers, but do have a couple laying around. I'll try that.

    Per Whix, do they move the crystalized honey?

    (the answer, "Below the brood chamber," seems like a lot of work, and opening up the hive to that extent would stimulate robbing.)

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Just store them wet. The bees will move in faster next year or get a little feed when they need it.

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    Default Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Quote Originally Posted by NasalSponge View Post
    Put them on top of your inner cover,
    Put them under the brood chamber.
    That covers the extremities of the hive. Can we discuss what advantages / disadvantages of both. Are they done for different reasons?
    Vance, I agree with you but the OP was looking to top off a hive that might be light.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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