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Honey Super Off

A little cooler out this morning. Time to start thinking about winter. Taking your honey supers off this time of year gives them a chance to put in some natural nectar. When you have honey super on the bees are always moving the honey up so it is important to remove your honey supers so they start to back fill the brood chamber. We sometimes don't realize it but during the summer the bees move the honey up out of the brood chamber to create room for the queen to lay eggs. this time of year it is quite common to go into your bottom box and find a bunch of empty frames. These frames need to be filled with food for the winter. The queen starts to slow down laying eggs and the brood chamber starts to shrink in size. As the brood chamber shrinks they need to fill it with honey or feed. You don't need to get in a hurry to start feeding yet but just start planning for it. As a rule of thumb we usually use the first of September as a deadline to take off honey supers but as a beekeeper you are your own boss so if your supers are not more then 3/4 capped you may want to leave them for a little longer but it wasn't me telling you to do that. This is your own decision to make. another rule of thumb we use is when a honey frame is 3/4 capped it is ready to extract. Anything before 3/4 capped you are taking a chance of it not being cured well enough and it can spoil if that is the case.

When people take off their honey super people worry about the fact that they are taking a hive that is 3-5 boxes deep and reducing it to two boxes. Where are all the bees going to go? You will be surprised at how the bees fit into this smaller area and somehow it always works out. they may beard on the front of the hive for a bit and if you are worried about it just keep going through your hive every week making sure they don't start swarm cells. Usually by this time of year with the cooler night the tendency to swarm is greatly diminished and they need lots of bees crammed into a smaller space to make it through winter. Even though they may be overflowing now you will be surprised at how small the cluster looks come November.

Once your honey supers are off it is time to treat for Varroa mites as some of the treatments are temperature sensitive.

We are getting a shipment today with bee cozy winter wraps and mite away quick strips to treat for varroa mites. We also have the mite shaker jars and feeders of different types.

~ Scott Ferrier


2019 Posts
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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