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Soon many of you will have honey to take off. Don't make the mistake I made as a new beek. Working honey outside in the daylight WILL END IN DISASTER ! They will come to claim their honey and they will play "HARD-BALL !
Even indoors, you must be sure the room is bee-tight ! I used to extract on an open porch. I did it at night. That works great. Your extractor must be well anchored ! I hosed the porch down when I finished. I put the empty supers back on the hives before morning.
This is not necessarily obvious to new beeks.
 

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So true, even taking of honey supers you need to work quick and with diligence. Try harvesting honey in the fall of the year or during a dearth;)

Glad to see another TN beek on here!!

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I think this thread would be more interesting if you shared the details of your disaster. Something to the the effect of a horde of robbing bees descending on you while extracting outdoors, like something out of a Hitchcock movie?
 

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It's a long story. I inherited my grandfather's super-hot German bees. A beek friend of his took the honey off for me and left me to take it from there. Not knowing any better, I cut the combs out outside in the daylight. You can imagine the MESS ! I had a large container of seething honey and drowning ROBBER bees ! We couldn't even go out of the house. After several days and many stings they finally robbed it all out and things got back to normal.
 

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If you have a honey house, locate your extractor in one darkened end and have a low-rpm window fan at the far end with an daylight source. The bees will go toward the light and the fan will remove them. I extract in my barn in daylight with one of those huge fans in the doorway, blowing outward.
 
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