Thought I would post my latest “a good idea gone bad”
This past spring I was lucky enough to purchase a garage freezer from an estate sale that is large enough to accommodate a full 8 frame box. Great for cycling frames through to kill any pests before storing or putting back onto the hives.
So come honey harvest time, there were a couple of flow frames that still had a mixture of honey & nectar on them and I thought, “Why not harvest this mixture, store it in the freezer and feed it back to the bees next spring when they need it most?” I put the mix in a plastic pail on the bottom shelf of the freezer.
Two weeks later doing a hive inspection I saw some SHB larvae in some frames. So being in a near panic rush to remove them from the hive I ran the frames to the freezer but to make enough room on my last available shelf decided to tip the bucket over onto its side. I knew the lid was not spill proof but no problem, right? After all, the honey/nectar had been in the freezer for two weeks and was surely thoroughly frozen.
Four day later I found a rivulet of honey, seeping between the seal, running across the garage floor. Yanked the door open and, yep, a literal pool of honey on the bottom of the freezer with the added bonus of bugs and larva which had fallen into it from the frames on the shelf above. What a mess! Sticky, sticky everywhere.
But now I know-----honey doesn’t freeze
Anyone else up for sharing their epic fails?