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Frame Maintenance

What should you do with fermented frames of honey?

What we’ve been doing is giving them back to bees the next summer, but only a frame or two per box. I don’t know how the bees handle it, but the problem goes away. Frames should not be left out of a hive to be robbed as to prevent the spread of disease.

How do you store empty frames and supers over the winter?

Store in a cool, dark, dry, closed storeroom. Freezing comb before storing will kill existing wax moth.

How do you clean frames with dead bees inside them?

We let the next colony the frame is placed in clean out those bees. We don’t put more than a couple frames like that in a colony at once though.