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L Daxon
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« on: May 11, 2013, 09:34:42 PM »

I have two hives that are going gangbusters right now. Both have 6 medium boxes, the top two are honey supers. I checked one of them today and the very top super has the frames all freshly drawn out and mostly filled with honey, but maybe only 3 of the 8 frames are completely capped.  I want to add another super but that would make it too tall for me.  I am only 5'2" and had a hard time getting the heavy 6th box off today as it is.  Would there be any harm in taking the nearly complete honey super off and moving it to a smaller hive (a 6 week old split) that is only 3 medium boxes high right now?  Would they finish capping it.  I would then put a new super of foundation on the gangbuster hive.

In addition to the nearly filled honey super, I will also add another box of undrawn foundation to the smaller hive under the honey super if the bottom 3 boxes are all drawn and hopefully full of brood and brood stores, which I think they are.

Is there anything wrong with using the smaller hive to cap and "store" this first full super?  I don't have a deep freezer to store it in when it is finished so I need to leave it on a hive somewhere.  Our flow is really just beginning and I usually don't process my harvest until August.  I may have to move processing up this year. grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 09:41:49 PM »

Throw it on top. They will cap it off
What they don't use that is.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013, 10:03:22 PM »

They will only cap it if they have EXCESS honey to store. The smaller hive may be using all incoming goodies for brood. If so, they will not cap anything.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 12:32:55 AM »

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Is there anything wrong with using the smaller hive to cap and "store" this first full super?  I

your beekeeping cannot go that way. You must have some table or so where you stand.
Bees lift all the  time rippen honey upwards and cap the  honey. A small hive cannot do that.

When you add supers, you must put a new box between brood and super. So bees cap honey in good order and you can extract honey and you return empty combs then..

I understand very well the difficulty. My friend is not able to lift any full honey boxes.
She has no power enough in muscles.

I am 66 y and I have difficulties to handle full langstrot boxes especially to lift them topmost.
It is hard to backbone too.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 12:48:07 AM »

I understand very well the difficulty. My friend is not able to lift any full honey boxes.
She has no power enough in muscles.

I am 66 y and I have difficulties to handle full langstrot boxes especially to lift them topmost.
It is hard to backbone too.

Bring an empty box with you on a cart, then you can pull 1 frame at a time and put it into the empty. It takes a little more time but is much easier on the back.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 05:54:40 PM »

Build you a platform that will make you 6' 2  or 7'2 and keep adding supers on that hive that's making you honey.
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