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Honey from winter hives

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I started winter with two hives, one colony moved up early due to the bizzar weather we had in early winter and ended up starving, the bottom box was 3/4 full of honey and the top still had about 10% remaining. The second hive made it through, but I think they have a virgin queen no brood at all! Anyway, the hive that survived was low on stores so I cleaned the dead bee's out of the other hive and they have been robbing that hive and packing it away! I now have a deep that is 75% full. Today I took all the boxes I had extracted this fall and put those out for them to clean up and pack into their hive. Question is when they are done can I extract that honey and eat it or will it have fermented or gone bad?

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