I set up my honey supers with 9 frame spacing, always have. Do to all sorts of catastrophes late last year, I had a 10 frame medium brood box that was so full of half-capped nectar that I set it above the queen excluder. I have tried several methods of uncapping these 10 frame supers when I have the misfortune to remove some and nothing seems to work clean. When you have capped honey in 10-frame supers, how do you uncap them? Using a knife isn't as productive since there is little capping above the frame edge. Thanks
I came close to giving up beekeeping last year. The landowner where I keep my hives sold a tract of land where the bees were and I had two weeks to move them in late June. 2 were preparing to swarm and one seemed to be in superseding process. I moved them 200 yards away! I did not have the time to inspect weekly and requeen after the move. Between that debacle setting up weak hives, and the harshest winter temps in years, I lost 4 of 6 hives. After 10 years, I'm used to losing 1 or maybe 2 in a horrible winter but this was bad. " move hives less than 3 feet or more than 3 miles" The warning may not be critical with winter moves but from this experience, a 200 yard move in June can be difficult to manage unless you make time to inspect weekly afterward. Somehow in the process I also ended up with a nasty hive--the most aggressive I've seen. But they seem to be bullet proof.