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  1. #1
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    Default What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    I'm a second year home beekeeper with two hives. My inspection yesterday revealed one dead hive with 5 deep frames of capped honey and no bees. I plan on replacing the bees this spring but am not sure what to do with the honey. Ideas I have:
    -harvest now but what to do with the wet frames
    -save frames with honey for the next colony I introduce in a couple of months
    -Give frames with honey or wet frames after harvesting to my remaining vibrant colony
    All thoughts welcome.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    If your 'vibrant' colony has capped honey of their own,they do not need the five frames. The bees you are getting in a couple months will benefit from the honey especially if they are a package. If you haven't had a honey crop yet. One of those capped frames will yield 5-7 pounds. I always store my extracted frames wet. I seal them up to keep the vermin out or you may be able to freeze them for safe storage. Leaving a couple of the capped frames for the new bees is definately a good idea.

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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    Place them in a freezer to kill any mites and SHB. Then take them out to help jump-start any new swarm you get.
    Thaw them out for 24/48 hr before you give them to the swarm. and rake the caps open before you put them in. That way they can consume it easier.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    Quote Originally Posted by jrbbees View Post
    Place them in a freezer to kill any mites and SHB. Then take them out to help jump-start any new swarm you get.
    Thaw them out for 24/48 hr before you give them to the swarm. and rake the caps open before you put them in. That way they can consume it easier.
    Sounds like great advice, thanks.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    why not do a walk away split as soon as you see drones?

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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    If you don't want to use them to start a couple new colonies you can send them to me by April.
    Dan

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    Default Re: What to do with 5 deep frames of honey from a dead colony

    Extract them, honey in the jar is money in the bank. Have the other colony dry them and use them for your next start.

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