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  1. #1
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    Default How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    This is a question for those that extract honey not crush and strain. As your hive counts go up to anywhere above 10 how do you recover your honey supers? With a few hives it is easy enough to shake and sweep your bees off. But as you grow your hive count it becomes unsustainable.

    Bee escapes are not an option as SHB are to large of a problem in my area.

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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    I haven't found it to be a problem yet, but I have considered a leaf blower.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    Bee go and a leaf blower works best.

    If you have only 10 then maybe a bee brush that is only 200 swipes of the frames.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    I will take each frame out or the super and put it directly over the brood box and give each side a couple puffs from the smoker then brush the rest with the bee brush. That works good for me and usually doesn't take to many swipes.
    Let bees be bees.

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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    If it's is warm enough (70 degrees + or so), we always use Fishers Bee Quick with fume pads. If it's cooler, we use a blower.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    A bee blower can be quite usefull, but then I am biased.

    Crazy Roland

  7. #7
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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    Watched a you-tube of commercial guys, I think in Bulgaria, they had a swivel rack that fit the supers and blasted it w/ leaf blower. One guy loading/unloading, one blowing, looked like a pretty good system.
    Cheers,
    Drew

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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    I do many supers at a time and I just shake them off in front of the hive to get the majority of the bees, and then I may use a brush to get the stragglers, but usually shaking is sufficient for me, its all in the wrist motion. John

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    Default Re: How do you remove bees from your honey supers?

    WEED-EATER brand 5 amp electric leaf blower, HARBOR FREIGHT 750 Watt inverter, hooked to my pickup truck battery. $50 total.
    Quick,non-toxic,cheap,NOISY !
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