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I have nearly 60 lbs. of honey from a cutout I did last summer. The cutout/removal was in the wall of a building. I strained it through #8 wire and it was all pretty clean, however I know there was some insulation in close proximity to the comb. And there was also some drywall dust. I saved the honwy with the intent to feed it back to my bees in times of need. My question is if my bees eat this honey, will they re-constitute it enough in their own process that it would become clean enough to use for human consumption? I know that cutout honey is not supposed to be used for or by people. I've known keepers who have fed cutout honey to the bees with supers on, wouldn't it make sense that that same honey would then later be harvested?
 

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Thanks for the response. Last year, I didn't do a Fall harvest, I left a supers on. All my hives came through a brutal Winter with feed. What you are suggesting is removing the supers, harvest, then feed this cut out honey let them pack up the deeps for Winter.
So, what's a good way to feed? In the past I've open fed, but at least 300' away from the hives.
 

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Thanks again! Sounds good. Yes, the open feeding is not for the faint of heart. I'm lucky I'm in a rural area, and have the acreage to be spread out. I've got lots of food grade buckets free from the local bakery, I may just try drilling holes in the top, and invert like a giant boardman feeder. I've seen the bucket feeders with holes drilled to the rim, but these buckets won't work that way. The lid is different.
 
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