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Did I read once that your could take a honey super off if you weren't ready to harvest, and store it for a couple weeks as a way to encourage the bees to keep aggressively gathering and storing honey? Or should I just leave them on and know they will keep after it as long as there is a flow?

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They will keep after it as long as there is a flow, and they have some place to put it. If you're not ready to harvest, and the hive is filling up, it's time to add another super. If you don't have a super to add, then you need to harvest that honey, and return the empty super to the bees.

So many times we work the bees on our schedule, but they don't work by our schedule, they work by theirs. Thus we have to learn to work by their schedule to be successful, and good stewards of their energy and health.

If they don't have a place to store nectar to turn into honey, they might either abscond, or swarm. There have been several reports of August swarms on this forum. And you certainly don't want to lose a swarm this time of year.
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Steven
 
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