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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011
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    Marquette, MI, USA
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    Default honey frame harves questions

    I have some novice questions on honey frames (medium super). Currently have 3 supers (9-frame mediums) above 2 deeps of Italians that over-wintered from package last year.

    1) Do you wait until the the honey frames are completely (100%) capped before extracting?
    I have a lot of honey frames with 97% of cells capped--some of the frames have a small patch of uncapped honey.

    2) It is too late, but is it necessary to put cross-wires in wax foundation for honey in medium frames? The wax foundation I used has vertical wires.
    I was told it wasn't necessary, but am wondering how they will extract (I have Dadant Junior Bench Extractor).



    Thanks,
    Shawn

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    Default Re: honey frame harves questions

    Quote Originally Posted by srf_onezero View Post
    1) Do you wait until the the honey frames are completely (100%) capped before extracting?
    I don't. I'll harvest any frame that has around 75-80% capped.

    2) It is too late, but is it necessary to put cross-wires in wax foundation for honey in medium frames?
    Take it easy and you should be fine. I don't cross-wire. Of course the quickest way to learn how fast is too fast when cranking is to blow out a few frames...

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