This is my 3rd year with Langstroth hives and last year was my 1st real harvest so I’m not sure I’m doing it right. I don’t have a centerfuge so I cut & crush with a paint strainer net and a 5 gallon bucket. I’m in north Alabama where there is plenty of pollen and just had a spring nectar flow.
When should I harvest the honey? One of my hives has almost filled a medium super and is quickly filling a 2nd one. I’ve read everything from “do it now so they don’t get lazy” to “wait until after the summer flow so the honey will be fully cured.”
After I cut & crush the combs for the honey, what do I do with the sticky frames? Last year I just stuck them back on the hive and the colony didn’t seem to have any troubles. I’m just not sure what the best thing to do is.
Is it okay to move honey from a hive that has much to a hive that has underperformed? I don’t want to encourage robbing. Also, can I put the spent honey frames from one hive into another? Would this encourage robbing?