Harvest Honey - Part 1
How to Harvest a Bee Hive from the Wilderness
Have a good shower before you go to get the honey and wear completely clean clothes.Don´t smell of perspiration. Bees don´t like dirtiness and will sting you under your arms if your are dirty.
Make sure that your target is actually a honeybee hive.Not everything that buzzes leads to honey. Wasps and yellow jackets make nests, but they do not produce any honey. Also, there are solitary species of bees which don't make honey.
Follow the bees to their home.If you see a hole in a tree or log where there are lots of bees going in and out, you've found their hive.
Burn some plants or wood to make smoke.(Pine needles are generally good for this purpose.)
Put the smoking material into a container you can carry, and take it over to the hive.Waft the smoke into the hole. Smoke makes the bees expect a fire, which makes them concerned about their honey. They gorge themselves over the uncapped honey, which makes them less likely to fly around and sting you.
Working slowly and carefully, cut a piece of the honeycomb with a sharp knife.Try to avoid getting comb that contains larvae. Don't try to take the whole hive, just take a piece.
Try to spot which bee is the queen.She is slightly bigger than the others and probably won't fly. She may also have a greenish-blue spot on her back. Don't meddle with the queen, because the other bees will try to stay wherever she is.
Move away with your honeycomb.Then leave the bees alone.
QuestionDo bees hibernate in winter in Missouri? If so, when?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBees do not hibernate; instead, they stay in the hive during winter, when it is too cold for them outside. Bees will stop being active outside before the temperature reaches freezing.Thanks!
QuestionWhy would I want to locate the queen unless I wanted to make a new nest and column?Mark O'GuinCommunity AnswerIt's always good to locate the queen when working your hives. You may injure the queen while working the frames if you are not sure where she is, she will often move to get away from you when handling the frames. Watch for excessive swarm cells on the bottom of the frames, you may have an overcrowded hive and need to reverse the hive body supers, add hive bodies and/or honey supers, there could be a failing queen or some other stress causing them to prepare to swarm or requeen themselves. You should find freshly-laid eggs in a number of cells in the hive or you have a problem, they may have requeened themselves already.Thanks!
QuestionDo they go out when it's raining?Mark O'GuinCommunity AnswerBees are not happy in the rain! They tend to return to the hive or stay there when it threatens rain. If caught out in a storm, many may perish. Bees must keep warm and dry to fly.Thanks!
QuestionWhat time of year is best to gather the honey, and how much should I take?Mark O'GuinCommunity AnswerEarly to mid summer in the south is our first harvest. In good years another harvest may be taken in the fall. You take the excess honey, but always leave them ample supplies for their use. At times different hives may yield varying amounts, from only a few frames filled (that can be spared from bee needs) to multiple supers full of honey. I have experienced annual yields from certain hives of 120 pounds or more harvested to nothing at all from others.Thanks!
QuestionHow many beehives or crates do I need to actually run a small business as a full-time job making approximately ,000/year? Can I maintain this all myself, working independently?Mark O'GuinCommunity AnswerI once ran about 800+ hives along with a friend. It was hard work at times, but we managed OK without a lot of infrastructure and investments, but struggled to make profits equal to our input of time and money. Like farming, it is unpredictable and you will have ups and downs. A profitable hobby size is best for most people. Without a huge investment, you can run up to couple hundred hive operation out of a pickup truck and a small barn/shop.Thanks!
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- Honey bees can be identified as ' not wasps' because they will generally have hairy bodies.
- Processing comb into honey and wax is a different process than getting the comb from the hive. You can get some honey by letting the comb rest in a dish for a few hours and letting the honey ooze out, but some will stick to the comb.
- Always move slowly and gently around the bees. They can sense anxiety and it might cause them to attack.
- If a swarm of honeybees has moved onto your own property and you want to get rid of them, call a local apiary and tell them you have a free swarm they can take.
- The bees will follow you, so be ready for that.
- Know how to tell the difference between honeybees and other kinds of insects.
- If you want honey, resign yourself to a few stings. If you do this right, you'll get away without the whole hive turning on you, but you may still get stung a little bit.
- The honeycomb may contain bee larvae, which are full of protein. They're okay to eat.
- Differentiate between killer-bees and bees.
- Never attempt this without wearing a protective veil. Any bee stings to the head are dangerous and very painful. The face is vulnerable and usually the first target when bees become upset.
- Do not try this if you are allergic to insect venom. A life-threatening immune reaction is not worth a few ounces of honey.
- If you are stung many times you can die even if you are not allergic to bees. Be very careful.
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