Re: Strategies for getting bees out of honey supers?
With an open hive I just hold one end of the frame and tap the bottom of the end bar on the other end against the top of the box. Turn the frame around and do the same. You swing the frame like you swing a hammer, wrist action not arm action. Make believe you are taping in a brad.
Originally Posted by SallyD
If your hive is boiling over you can add an empty box to the top of the hive so you won't be smacking bees on the hive.
The nurse bees are the ones that hang on and don't usually fly back to the frame. They stay in a pile on top of the open hive until you smoke them down (if you have to). Any forager flying back to the frame will leave towards nightfall so you don't have to get every last bee off the frame.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping