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  1. #1
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    Default storage of comb with honey and pollen

    How do you all store frames of honey and pollen over winter or do you?

    I want to store some for next spring's nucs but I don't want to fill the freezer with them. Is there another way?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    no? no suggestions at all?

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    I'd be afraid they'd get mold or moths or some other nightmare. I have only stored them in the back up freezer. Creates a mess in front when all the propolis falls off when you pull them out--then it sticks to your shoes and the floor...

    Great question though

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    My suggestion would be to look in the for sale adds available to you and try to find a low cost freezer of suitable size, after your winter is over just unplug it till needed again. This will cost a little bit but should be good for many years of use.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    I do have a full size fridge with freezer in the garage to use...has anyone tried to just use the fridge part?
    Thank you for your time and answers!

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    Since you already have the extra fridge/freezer then place them in the fridge and give each frame a pass through the freezer for 24 hours and place it back in the fridge for winter storage, I would think this would work fine.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    We give them 24 hours in the freezer then store them in supers in the barn. Supers are on cement and covered to keep out bees, beetles, etc. Also add a few mouse traps around.Cold in our area so haven't had any issues - yet. That said, we keep a fair bit of honey on the hives overwinter and normally Have a surplus in the spring which makes for easy splits - I.e. 2 deeps is normal overwinter and last spring our hives still had 3_5 frames of honey left.

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    I store them above an excluder on a strong hive.

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    Default Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    Why not just keep the honey in the hives?

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