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Offline StarrGin

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I believe I may be a beekeeper
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:36:13 PM »
This weekend, I completed my goal for the year.
I pulled 4 completely capped frames of honey from my hive.

I cut this hive from the wall of our farm house last spring.  Over the summer they managed to repair/stabilize most of the cut frames, but made little progress on the foundation frames (about 8 and 8).  In Feb this year, they still had about 3 frames to work in.

I mid April, I put on a honey super hoping to make 4 frames.  I didn't get to check in May.  When I open the hive there were 8 completely capped frames.  I took 4.

Now what?  I would appreciate some descriptions of how to remove the honey from the frames.  I have hive knife.  I plan to cut off the cap and let the honey drain to a tub.  The frames had cast wax/crimped wire foundation.  I've had request to put comb in the jars.  Suggestions on cutting?

Looking to next year.

I replaced the removed frames with foundation and removed my excluder.  I'm giving the hive free roam of 3 medium depth supers to increase hive population.  As I had no luck catching a swarm this season, I hope to make a split next spring.  

I'll probably put on another honey super.  Anything else I get is gravy.

I have images to post later.

Offline kathyp

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Re: I believe I may be a beekeeper
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 10:39:48 PM »
don't cut all the caps if you want to put comb in jars.  the comb in the jars goes in capped.  crush and strain is the easiest way to get the honey if you don't have an extractor.  properly cured honey won't drip out.  search cut and strain and look at this site.

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