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sied172
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« on: January 13, 2014, 08:07:57 PM »

Hi everyone. This is my first winter as a bee keeper. The summer went really well but last weeks -40 degree wind chills finished off my hive. I checked today and no survivors. I have already ordered my replacement package for next year but I'm not sure how to handle the hive until spring. It has a lot of uncapped honey. Should i leave the hive in the field until spring and then add the new package. I cleaned out all the dead bees and scrapped up the food patties. The hive is clean but the honey is all uncapped and soaking up the airs moisture. Will that uncapped honey and frames be ok to use on my new package next spring. Does the honey and combs sitting in the hive all winter poss any threat or risk. Thank ahead of time for the help
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2014, 08:19:27 PM »

Can you put the frames with open honey in a trash bag and freeze them? You can feed them back in the spring if they have not fermented.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 10:58:17 AM »

Since you're also in Ohio, you're pretty safe to leave the frames alone for the next couple of months. Once it warms up in much, you might want to freeze them to prevent wax moths until your package arrives in April (I assume). The drawn comb and honey will give an excellent boost to your package. Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2014, 01:55:04 PM »

Thanks everyone. What happens if the honey does ferment. I lack freezer space. Will the bees clean out the fermented honey and clean it up, or will it hurt them. I always notice bees around my beer in the spring.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2014, 02:02:21 PM »

I don't think it will ferment.
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