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    Default Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    Wintering with two deep broods and expect to have some frames, and partial frames of crystalized honey in outside positions in each super.

    Should frames of surplus crystalized honey be relocated within the hive in the spring? Concerned about them becoming somewhat useless to the hive in a crystalized state in outside positions long term.

    Should they be decapped and relocated to middle of top brood or into a super above the inner cover to get bees to clean them out?

    Other uses are for NUCs, and do you place them towards center to get bees to clean them out??????
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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    As the hive warms in the summer wouldn't the crystallized honey just re-liquefy?
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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    use it as anyother food frame, when the bees have access to water they will liquefy the granulated honey
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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    They might be ignored during a good flow, but the bees will clean them right up in a dearth.

    Use them for nucs or swarms.
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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    Do you reverse your brood boxes in the spring? If you reverse the top box...with the crystallized to the bottom board, the bees will remove it...especially if you scratch the cappings.

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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    Have not been reversing the hive bodies. Been moving early season brood frames to middle of bottom brood with open comb between brood and solid honey at side wall and a pollen frame second from walls. Put open comb in middle of top deep brood.

    Been ending up with some 6-8 frames of mostly crystalized honey that does not get used over winter. So end up with 1-2 outside frames of untouched honey that crystalizes. Been feeding syrup in fall and add candy blocks after Christmas on top of the frames. May be being too cautious about food, but like the sugar on top to allow cluster to always have food as it moves. Had a hive die from starvation when it reached end wall and temp was cold and cluster wasn't able to move to honey beside and below.

    Would like to rotate the side postion frames and get fresh honey in them.

    Thanks Michael Palmer. Are you suggesting that I uncap, mist and place the crystalized honey frames in bottom brood and?? even in the middle early in spring. Bees will then relocate the honey to open up brood nest.
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    Default Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    anytime you break the cappings and put the frame close to the cluster, the bees will clean it up
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