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Offline Kirk-o

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« on: May 23, 2006, 09:29:43 PM »
How full does a frame have to be to extract it.Three Quarter capped all capped ,half capped? I need to know.
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Offline Apis629

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 09:32:54 PM »
It depends on the enviornment.  Most will say 3/4 capped (ref. Beekeeping for Dummies), however, given the humid enviornment down here, I try to make sure that at least half of the frames are completely capped.  I think anywhere from 3/4 to completely capped is safe to eat.  Just, don't harvest when it's any less rippened.  Unripened honey seem to be a natural laxitive. :shock:

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2006, 12:55:30 AM »
3/4 quarter full is a good guide.  That usually means that 95 % of the honey has been cured.  When taking off for the last harvest I try to to put any partly filled frames back on the bees for honey stores, letting them top it off as the cooler weather sets in.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2006, 12:58:24 AM »
3/4 works fine.
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