What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?
Last Winter I lost 5 hives. I re-used the bottom deep Supers this year and these new colonies are doing great.
The trouble is, I have five awful heavy deep supers that had the honey that the bees were supposed to use throughout the winter.
I have these all sealed in heavy garbage bags.
I've already added a second deep on all my hives but one, but yet these heavy deeps need me to do something with them!
Feeding back to the bees: I had one deadout last year and re-used the empty bottom deep. Like this year, the top deep was heavy. I placed it 75 yards from one set of hives for the bees to rob. Honestly, I was not impressed with their work. Those frames were a mess still at the end of the season.
I could extract the honey, but I'm not real interested in doing so. Dark comb, crystalized honey = work and not great looking honey.
The question is what to do, and the answer, as always, is complicated by a muddle of reason, emotion, and doubt.