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  1. #1
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    Default How do you process cutout comb?

    Hey guys/gals!

    I was curious about how you harvest honey from a cutout...I'm thinking its done the same way a top bar hive is performed by either bottling whole comb or crushing..I was just trying to find a better method because my method was a sticky mess! I used cheesecloth and squeezed it all out into a 5 gallon bucket, the bucket also had a screen on it. I then took the wax and put it in my plastic cappings / honey separator to further get the remaining honey out...anyone have a better method? I wish I could use it in my extractor to sling it but I'm sure the comb will fall to pieces during the centrifugal process.

    - Jared

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    Personally, I don't save/keep honey from cut-outs. One never knows if someone had sprayed the bees before you got to them. I'll pass.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    Crush and strain as far as I know is the only method.
    You may as well get used to a sticky mess... it's just part of our (and your) addiction! lol

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    Barry, I totally agree with your caution regarding cutout honey being contaminated however this house was vacant for a year and they came during that time so I'm sure they've never been exposed.

    MrBeeman, ya it **** sure is an addiction! I get a rush from it really! Especially getting stung will wake ya up! Hah!!

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    Jared Waites... Not a method, but,a way to strain. A five gallon paint strainer over a five gallon bucket works well for crush and strain. They are not expensive, you can find them at Lowes, Home Depot, and paint stores.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    With cutouts that abscond and leave brood. I put the brood over a selected hive that I can lose, just in case of any contamination. They clean up and raise the brood. With the honey I feed it back to them.

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    Default Re: How do you process cutout comb?

    Cleo,

    Thanks! I actually have one..>I crushed by hand with cheesecloth over the 5 gallon strainer bucket!

    BackyardPhenomena, this is exactly what I do but I've been using rubber bands to band the comb into a deep brood box and take my bees I've vacuumed into it.

    I leave the honey for them to eat although some drown so I try to just leave the comb and let them pick through it...do you have another method that you use to feed the honey back to them?

    - Jared

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