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Monday, April 09, 2007

Honey super for Proteus hive

Last year when I harvested honey, I used the crush and strain method. This means that you cut the comb out of the frame and crush it to get the honey. There's a good description also that I posted on the Beemaster forum.

The frames are left with remnants of comb. I put the frames back in the hive in a super for the bees to clean up. Little remnants of comb were left on the edges of the frame. I then removed the frames and put them in the freezer overnight to kill any wax moth eggs that might be present.

Now I have the frames with the remnants left for the bees to use as guides to draw comb. Below you can see what one looks like.

Below here is a frame sitting on the other frames so you can also see down into the box to see the frame already installed with a comb remnant on it.

In the center of the box I put an almost fully formed comb to keep the bees in line.

Here is Proteus at its taller height with a new box to use for honey.

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