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    Default how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I have set mine out in stacks for a few days--it turns into a bee,yellow jacket, hornet world war and the comb gets chewed up pretty bad. I tried stacking them upside down on top of the hives with the queen excluder in place--I was told that they would not use them to continue storing upsdie down as the combs slant downward. That did not work as well as I thought but maybe I did not give'm enough time.

    Looking for your technique. Thanks!

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Put them on right side up. They will clean them in time.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Extract them. Put them back on the hives. Take them off before Winter. Extract again if there is more honey. Stow away for the Winter.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I stager stack them outside in stacks of 10 on pallets that have solid sheets of plywood on the top. They are dry in a couple of days and are moved back inside. The pallets collects all the wax chips. they are swept up and put in the melter

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    I stager stack them outside in stacks of 10 on pallets that have solid sheets of plywood on the top. They are dry in a couple of days and are moved back inside. The pallets collects all the wax chips. they are swept up and put in the melter
    Similar to what I did once in that you let the insects have free access correct? I have to say they did get 100% cleaned out that year. Stacked on top of hives upside down did not do what I was told--in my case. It seemed like they did store or at least maintain the stores.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I don't let them clean them out any more. I put them away wet and take them out wet the next spring. The bees move right in and generally have all of the cells in perfect condition in one or two days.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    After extracting, put the wet frames back in the box. Put the box (super) back on the hive but ON TOP of the inner cover. Leave for two days........ the bees do a great job of cleaning them of residue honey.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by beemilk View Post
    Put the box (super) back on the hive but ON TOP of the inner cover.
    Hi beemilk, just curious why on top of the inner cover?

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmdurkin View Post
    Hi beemilk, just curious why on top of the inner cover?
    The idea is that they will bring any residual honey back down to the brood boxes if it is above the inner cover and not add more honey to them. It really never worked for me. They just ignored the supers. I don't know why. There were a few bees up there but they never cleaned the supers out the couple of years that I tried it. So now they just go right to storage.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I am planning on harvesting within the next couple of weeks. If there is still a lot of clover in bloom then I'd like to see if they'll put more honey in the extracted frames. So to try to get more honey should I just put the empty frames back into the supers just as they were prior to harvesting?

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I have been putting ours back on wet after the summer flow. Then after the late flow, if we get one I stack them out crisscross so the sun can shine down inside and let the bees clean it up. So far so good.. I am guessing that is best for my area.. Learned it from Don - "FatBeeMan"

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael1964 View Post
    I have been putting ours back on wet after the summer flow. Then after the late flow, if we get one I stack them out crisscross so the sun can shine down inside and let the bees clean it up. So far so good.. I am guessing that is best for my area.. Learned it from Don - "FatBeeMan"
    There's a lot of goldenrod here and kind of a fall flow. But sometime in the fall I'll probably need to treat for mites. It seems like there's a lot to do and not enough time. So I wonder about keeping supers on until Labor Day or so before treating, or if that's too late to treat for mites. I got kind of a late jump on things this year, so everything is beind.

    Last year I put a couple of supers on top of the inner cover and the dumb bees filled them up with honey. Sometimes it seems like I just can't win. I guess that's called getting an education.
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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    We extract and then send the supers back out for refill. In the fall, all get extracted and put away wet. It helps to have a good extractor.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Hi rmdurkin ..... it's something I learned from this forum. I tried it, and it works ....at least for me. IMO if it works, I am not going to mess with it.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Just in case there is any disease whatsoever (foul brood) in your apiary - putting the stickies back on the hive from which they came to be cleaned will help prevent spreading anything around. Leaving them in the open to be robbed by the general population does the exact opposite - and is technically illegal in my state. Just saying.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by beemilk View Post
    After extracting, put the wet frames back in the box. Put the box (super) back on the hive but ON TOP of the inner cover. Leave for two days........ the bees do a great job of cleaning them of residue honey.
    I think I'll try that idea. I have some wooden inner covers with the hand hole. Setting them out does create a mess out of the comb and I never considered the spread of problems. My wife will be happier if I don't stick 90 frames in the freezer for 10 months too. I'm confident using moth flakes etc..., but it's getting them cleaned and dried first that is still a challenge.

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by ode1891 View Post
    i think i'll try that idea. I have some wooden inner covers with the hand hole. Setting them out does create a mess out of the comb and i never considered the spread of problems. My wife will be happier if i don't stick 90 frames in the freezer for 10 months too. I'm confident using moth flakes etc..., but it's getting them cleaned and dried first that is still a challenge.
    do not use moth crystals>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!! They are bad for bees>>>>

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    Default Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcharlie View Post
    do not use moth crystals>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!! They are bad for bees>>>>
    The ones I buy from Brushy Mountain that are designed for use on frames are bad or bees? I would use the chemical names for them but I'd hack the spelling.

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