Harvesting the honey

As the summer draws to a close, our honey bees needed some tending to.

In order to keep honey bees happy, they must be provided room to store the honey collected over the summer. Without that extra room, they will either vacate the hive or split themselves into two colonies; the second colony leaving to find a new home. This new home could be somewhere objectionable to humans so it’s best to keep them happy in their hive. The honey collected over the summer is of no use to the bees over the winter and actually makes it harder for them to keep the temperature of the hive warm over the winter.  Thus, liquid gold becomes payment  to us beekeepers for providing lodging, spring and fall food.

How we came to be beekeepers in the first place is a story for another post!

COLLECTING PAYMENT:

Step one: Calmly remove the honey supers from the hive; disturbing the colony as little as possible. Hell of a lot easier said than done. *Brood boxes are the colony’s permanent home for babies & winter food and other than inspection for disease, pests and problems , they are left alone *

Left side two brood boxes. Right side additional two honey supers.

Step two: Setup work station away from hives and begin the extraction process. We ended up with ten racks of capped honey from the two hives. This being our second year with the first hive, ten racks was a good harvest.

Step three: Cut comb into squares and put into comb containers.

Step four: Scrape comb and honey into bucket, mash up, cover with fine filter, invert over another bucket. Let gravity do the rest; separating honey from beeswax. The one tutorial I watched referred to this as the “viking method”.

  

 

Step five: Be patient and let nature take its course. Tomorrow, the liquid gold gets put in the bank (jarred!).

NOTES FROM THE PAST:

2016: Brampton house sold and preparing to transport Justin out to Halifax.

2017: Firewood delivery – Long weekend of stacking in preparation for winter.

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2 thoughts on “Harvesting the honey”

  1. Wonderful blog read today!! Learning lots too about honey process. Such a process and end results is yummy! Amazing important little creatures!??

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