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  1. #1
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    Default open feeding honey from last year

    I have a super full of honey from last year left from a hive that didn't make it.I put it out for the bees to open feed on today and they didn't mess with it a lot like I thought they would. Is there any chance that the honey would be bad?

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    I wouldn't think the honey is bad...wait and see what happens tomorrow.

    Ed

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    silly question but does honey go bad? I agree with you. I covered the deep and will remove the top in the morning again.

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    There could be a nectar flow on. There has been here in SC. Why don't you put it on the hive? Why didn't you extract it when you took it from the bees?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    I got it from a lady that i bought some hives from. Do they prefer the flow over honey

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Often they do. Hazve they been flying much lately? How many hives do you have?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Flow trumps honey.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Park it on top of a hive and Extract it when you extract.
    David

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    For what it is worth, what you are doing is against the law in TN - because of the risk of spreading foulbrood. If you put it inside of a hive it is fine as far as the law is concerned. Just TN as far as I know.
    since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Other than the sudden increase in activity, building of white comb, filling of empty comb with lots of pollen and honey/nectar, attempting to open feed with few takers is what I use as a sure sign that a strong flow is on.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    For what it is worth, what you are doing is against the law in TN - because of the risk of spreading foulbrood. If you put it inside of a hive it is fine as far as the law is concerned. Just TN as far as I know.
    Are you saying that if you extract it and put it in an internal feeder.... TN law says that is OK? And that if you simply place the filled super on the hive... TN law says that is illegal? Hmmmm.... I must be misreading something.
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    I am going to add another deep to my hives today, so what do y'all say about putting the super that I have with honey on now or should I wait a week or two?

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Quote Originally Posted by hpm08161947 View Post
    Are you saying that if you extract it and put it in an internal feeder.... TN law says that is OK? And that if you simply place the filled super on the hive... TN law says that is illegal? Hmmmm.... I must be misreading something.
    I think what he's saying is that open feeding of honey is illegal.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    Correct - open feeding of honey, or even allowing bees access to open honey. Bee keepers in TN are more or less charged with the responsibility to prevent open robbing of honey whenever possible.

    Greg - just sent you an email. All those packages are gone. Thanks though.
    since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: open feeding honey from last year

    I would give the combs to the hives. Why set off a feeding frenzy? Why give it to the feral bees in the trees and the neighbor's bees down the road?
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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