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Nannysbees

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Found a mixed bag of frames in a stored winter super. Not a huge amount of honey after extracting but enough. My problem is a) we shouldn't have stored it as a lot of the cells have crystallised.
B) What do we do with these frames? Are we risking this year's honey setting quicker if it's mixed in with runny honey? If this is yes what did we do?
 
just chuck it on when they next need a super - the bees will sort it out, doubtful whether the fact that it's crystalised will make any difference to the fresh honey
 
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just chuck it on when they next need a super - the bees will sort it out, doubtful whether the fact that it's crystalised will many any difference to the fresh honey
Brilliant, thank you
 
For some reason the second digestion by bees seems to stop the crystalisation process to some extent. No idea why!
 
The answer is a simple one, stick any crystalised honey back on a/the colony and let them sort it out.
No free meal will be left alone, recently did this with some two year old stored ivy honey during April as colonies were getting short of stores.
All stores as of the weekend were utilised and combs cleaned out.
 
I’ve put part frames/supers of crystallised honey back on colony’s
When they need supers and some have just filled honey in around the frames infact most have done this.
If you wanted the bees to move it use it wouldn’t it be better to nadir or get the bees to rob it out when there’s a nectar dearth.
Or even feed the frames back to the bees above the cb when they need feeding?
 

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