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How early can I pull the supers?

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I have a hive that swarmed. There are 2 full supers on it. My new extractor won't arrive until a week from today. Can I pull the supers now, store them in my kitchen and extract them in a week when I pull the other hives supers? My concern is the hive will get robbed because of the low population. I have the entrance reduced to two bee width. Thanks!
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Without freezing the frames my concern would be shb eggs and larvae.

You mentioned you have "a hive that swarmed," any others that could protect the frames?
 

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Thanks. I've never had an issue with shb. Once I put a super from a hive that was getting too tall on a smaller hive for safe keeping. Safe guard it they did!, they ate it all up. Grrr.
 

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I believe Bee Arthor is saying that it WILL be slimed when the SHB eggs hatch in the future.

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Apologies for my confusion but are you guys saying that his capped honey supers have smb eggs in them? Where? In the honey? Otherwise I don’t understand where smb larvae will slime these up if removed and placed in a bag.
 

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There could be eggs in tiny cracks and crevices that you don't even notice--you certainly won't see the eggs themselves. My opinion is that you have to assume there are eggs in your boxes. You could roll the dice and just bag them up, but I suspect the beetles would teach you a hard lesson soon enough.
Makes total sense. Thanks. Also glad to hear the eggs aren’t imbedded in the honey.

So then would it be a good idea to put my extracted frames in the freezer before putting them back in the hives? To kill any potential eggs?
 

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So then would it be a good idea to put my extracted frames in the freezer before putting them back in the hives? To kill any potential eggs?
Freezing isn't necessary if you extract and put the "sticky" frames right back on the hives; leaving the frames sit around for a couple days is a recipe for slime.
 

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If you can keep them dry enough they would probably do ok. They would NOT do ok in plastic bags. SHB would be the big worry and wax moths next. Ants would be low on my list in my climate, but I've been in climates where the ants would find them in about five minutes...
 
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