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« on: May 23, 2006, 08:29:43 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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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 08:32:54 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. shocked

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006, 11:55:30 PM »

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 23, 2006, 11:58:24 PM »

3/4 works fine.

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