I had a mishap this spring. I missed the queen during my inspection when I added the super and she got trapped behind the excluder. She laid her brood in 4 of the flow frames in the super.
When I went to extract honey, most of the cells in the frames are frozen. The mechanism is causing the wax caps to break away from the frame on some parts and the other parts are immovable.
Instead, the honey drips outside the wax caps and creates a huge mess. I am collecting the drops into a tote, but they’re not draining properly and it’s really difficult trying to separate piece by piece and scrape each little bit. I’m honestly not sure the frames could handle a spin extractor…. Of course, after I’ve uncapped the wax from each cell one by one……
How would I go about removing the honey from these frames without taking the whole thing apart piece by piece, scraping, cleaning and reassembling the frames? (They’re obviously not designed for this and I am aware that often times the frames don’t function correctly after the repairs)
Is my whole super doomed and the 20lbs++ of honey going to be too much work to be worth it? Please help!
**some of the cells did not get fully capped but they are full of nectar. would I need to let that cure for some time to allow the moisture to evaporate? I am ordering a refractometer so I can properly test and assure the honey is suitable for bottling.