My hives have done well this year and I would like to temporarily remove some frames of capped honey as we move into the expected fall flow to make sure they have enough room for more storage. Don't want to prompt any end-of-season overcrowding swarms at this point!
I don't want to add additional boxes at this point and if the fall flow doesn't materialize (which sometimes happens, here, I believe), then I would return the frames to the hives when I button them up for winter.
I was thinking that I could store the frames in a freezer, but wondered if this would change the honey in some way, either by making it less nutritious (perhaps killing probiotic bacteria or beneficial organisms?) or in some other way make it less acceptable to the bees. I would wrap the frames individually in cling film and set them in hive bodies, hanging from the frame rest, to avoid any crush-damage. This small freezer would have nothing else but honey, so no odor transfer from human food. I would thaw the frames and bring them room temp (or slightly warmer) before returning them to the hives.
I have a very low level of SHB, completely kept in check by the bees on the frames in the hives. But I think if I separate the bees from the frames, the SHB will go to town.
I don't harvest honey from my colonies, so this bumper-crop year has presented an unusual situation.
I plan to exchange the removed frames for empty frames that are partially drawn, or just very lightly drawn and not completed. I have a rag-tag collection of these frames to work with. I could add a few well-waxed Piercos, if necessary.
Has anybody done this successfully?