Honey Harvest!

Author: Brad  |  Category: Boardman Views, Education, Family, General

The honey crop is in for the year.

Bees Boardman suffered a couple hours of the frantics while I went through their hives stealing honey all the way.

Having been at this beekeeping thing for awhile now, I’ve adopted a “no big deal” sort of attitude toward beestings. They’re just part of the territory and really don’t phase me much.

But yesterday during the roundup I did have a little unusual trouble with some extra frisky bees getting inside my veil. Even though stings don’t generally bother me, I really don’t like having bees flying around my face in attack mode inside close quarters.

So let’s just say the bees won a couple rounds but I won the war.  The honey came off the hives yesterday and at about 10:00 this morning I started extracting. Here are some pictures of the process.

Capped honey in the frame

Capped honey in the frame

This is what the honey looks like in the “frame.”  Don’t they do a nice job of packing it in?

Here’s the same frame once the wax cappings have been removed and it’s “bleeding” the warm liquid.  It’s on its way into the extractor.

Uncapped frame

Uncapped frame

Since I extract a relatively small amount each year, my extractor is of the hand-crank variety…good exercise and just as effective as the motorized type.

Cranking the extractor

Cranking the extractor

Honey flows from the extractor

Honey flows from the extractor

Honey being filtered

Honey being filtered

So there you have it. I took just over ten gallons from seven hives, which, though not as much as I would have liked, is not too bad considering I basically started from scratch this year.

If I can get the majority of them through the winter, next season should be better.

You’re in Boardman Country!

Make yourself at home,

Brad

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4 Responses to “Honey Harvest!”

  1. Linda Says:

    My what a beautiful sight! Your bees just tease you and having close encounters of the third kind is always just a stinger away. 🙂

  2. admin Says:

    @ Linda – Yes, the honey is always nice to have. This particular outing, though, came at a bit of a cost. I think I was having a wardrobe malfunction that allowed some of the buzzing babes around my face. No significant damage.

    @ VanillaSeven – Thanks much for stopping by and commenting. Maybe sometime when you’re in my area you’d like to do a little “bee photography”! 🙂

  3. VanillaSeven Says:

    Its good to taste the honey from your own farm. Till now I always wonder what is the real raw honey taste like, because in market, most of them are mixed.
    .-= VanillaSeven´s last blog ..Daydreamer =-.

  4. corrin Says:

    That is so cool! I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh honey – what do I have to do to get you to send me a jar? 😛
    .-= corrin´s last blog ..I make an awesome zombie =-.

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