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So I just did my first ever harvest, thanks to a honey-bound hive. I swapped three frames of nothing but honey for three empty frames.

And I just spun the frames in an extractor.

My first mistake was to not switch sides often enough on one frame that was pretty new - now the wax backing the bees are supposed to draw from is a bit broken up. What do I do?

But my biggest question - I'm not supposed to get ALL the honey off, am I? The cells all look pretty empty, but OTOH the whole frame is still a little sticky. I don't think I'm supposed to store a sticky frame with my other spare frames. Should I clean it? Ho so?
 

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I put my frames in with the top bar facing outward. I know they are not made that way but it helps prevent as much distortion that happens when I lay them flat. Then let the amount of force needed to turn the crank tel you how fast to turn. there is no hurry. As for the sticky frames, its normal. If you store the frams wet they will mold. Your best bet is to put them back on the hive and let the bees clean them up. There is a lot of year left so you will most likely need another super anyway. Good luck and enjoy your honey.
 

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That's good news Jason! I hope to get a little this September or so. It's been a great year for us with the rain this year.
 

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Thanks both. Natureboy, your advice is good to remember next time I spin the combs but ... the frame with the new comb is already somewhat tattered and I wish to know what to do with tattered come.

A new frome from the supply store has a very pretty clean flat sheet of patterened wax. This has a big gaping hole in the drawn comb.
 

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Thanks both. Natureboy, your advice is good to remember next time I spin the combs but ... the frame with the new comb is already somewhat tattered and I wish to know what to do with tattered come.

A new frome from the supply store has a very pretty clean flat sheet of patterened wax. This has a big gaping hole in the drawn comb.
if the combs are warm you can gently move them back into position. put the combs back on the hive and let the bees work on them. after two weeks you will be able to see what they will do. if they use them for drone cells you can melt them down and replace them with foundation. chances are they will make the repairs and continue on as normal oy tear them down and build it new. let me know how it goes and good luck.
 

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i put mine back on wet and they had them cleaned and repaired within 2 days
 
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