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    Default honey under queen excluder

    If I were to place frames with capped and un-capped honey under a queen excluder would the bees move it up into the supers, or would I just be limiting the laying space and creating a swarming condition? I have several frames I would like cleaned out/used by the bees.

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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    The capped honey is unlikely to get moved. The uncapped might...
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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    So scratch all the cappings... Anything I can do to increase my chances of moving the honey and not causing swarm prep to start?

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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    > Anything I can do to increase my chances of moving the honey and not causing swarm prep to start?

    Lose the excluder...
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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman43 View Post
    If I were to place frames with capped and un-capped honey under a queen excluder would the bees move it up into the supers, or would I just be limiting the laying space and creating a swarming condition? I have several frames I would like cleaned out/used by the bees.
    If you are going to move frames of honey, move frames of honey out of the brood chamber. Why do you want the bees to move honey?
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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    I think he want to fill the super and empty some deeps.

    Here's what you could try:
    Put an empty box above the inner cover put one or two frames you want emptied in that box. Since the super is closer and the QE is below that it should work.

    I would also stick an empty frame in the middle of the brood nest as swarm prevention.

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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerPlanter View Post
    I think he want to fill the super and empty some deeps.

    Here's what you could try:
    Put an empty box above the inner cover put one or two frames you want emptied in that box. Since the super is closer and the QE is below that it should work.

    I would also stick an empty frame in the middle of the brood nest as swarm prevention.
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    Default Re: honey under queen excluder

    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerPlanter View Post
    I think he want to fill the super and empty some deeps.
    Does he have an extractor? Extract the deep frames and put those frames in the center of your deep and the bees will clean those combs and probably put the honey up above. Case solved. ?
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