i have not worked my one hive for over 2 years.i thought they were all gone but lo and behold they seem to be stronger then ever.if i were to rob them now would the honey be safe for consumption?it appears to be quite dark. any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks jerry
I'm a little surprised by your timing! Can you open a hive in January in NC? While bees are in hybernation I tought it would be best to leave the hive totally sealed (as bees have sealed the boxes with propolis). Plus robbing in the winter? Isn't that a death sentence for sure?
Also, if you leave a hive alone for a whole year or more, do you have supers to rob that are just honey? I had one of my queens jump the excluder last summer and lay eggs in the super.