How many frames do you have? And can you leave them on the hive for a few more weeks?
I had the same trouble a few weeks ago… I had 2 supers of partially filled frames. I just left them on the hive, and they have been steadily eating (or moving down) the open honey, and also capped 3 of the frames (which I'll harvest this weekend). If there's any left in a few weeks, I'll take them off by mid-Sept, and either freeze the frames for the spring, or let them rob it out.
Several frames started, and yes I'll leave them on until it frost. I'm not sure what to do with the ones that dont get capped off. A good friend of mine suggested to freeze them and put them back on next spring and let them finish filling them. Is this a common practice?
Yes, I think it is a common practice. That's what a longtime beekeeping friend told me she does whenever this happens. That way they'll get a little bit of a start with the spring flow I've heard/read that bees won't cap a cell unless it's completely full, even if the honey is ripened, so my guess is they won't finish it this season, unless you have a spectacular fall flow with aster and goldenrod. The goldenrod is just starting to appear over here.
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