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Med frame box full of honey. Battling SHB – remove these honey full frames?

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Med frame box full of honey. Battling SHB – remove these honey full frames?

NW Arkansas, apis mellifera.

Managing 2 hives, one weak, one strong.

Weaker hive had a med box w/ frames full of honey, this is where I’m able to see most of the SHB at the edges of the honeyed cells. We removed this med box, gave the weaker hive some brood frames from the stronger hive. Put the med box of honeyed frames on the strong hive assuming they can handle the SHBs on these honeyed combs.

Hive #1: strong, now consists of four med boxes, the top box is honeyed comb from hive #2

Hive #2: weaker but strengthening, now consists of one deep and one med. added brood frames from #1 and had removed one med box with honeyed comb.

Does a hive need honeyed frames at this time of year? It seems like it’s mostly a place for SHBs to hide, and energy is only expended on corralling pests. Is it a good idea to remove these honeyed frames, freeze them to kill the beetles, and provide frames with drawn comb or foundation so the hive can exert energy to growth rather than pest management? Frozen honey frames can be provided at the end of the growing season.

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