Posted Aug 24 2013
On Aug 22 2013 James & I processed 20 frames of honey. I did little videos with my camera to give you an idea of what happens from frames of honey to jars of honey..... Kay
Part 1.. .4'02" Decapping honey
Part 2...2'56" Using the extractor
Part 3... 3'14" Decapping & inside view of extractor
Part 4...2'11" After extraction
Part 5...2'14" Putting extractor & frames outside
Part 6.... 2'12" Bees cleaning up extractor & frames
Part 7...1'42" Putting honey in jars
Part 8...1'34" The finished product in jars
That looks like a lot of work - but oh - the sweet rewards. You won't find anything like that on grocery store shelves, that's for sure!
Hmmmm - do you save any of that for "welcome to NC" gifts????? :p
Great series of videos! Lots of people have no idea what a labor-intensive process it is, they just buy the jar at the store and take it for granted! Glad your bees are healthy and producing nicely for you! Friends of mine lost their hive a couple years ago to a virus, I think it was, and we hear stories of colony collapse in some areas. People never realize how important pollinators are, but if it weren't for bees and kindred pollinators, we'd not have our fruits and vegetables!
What a lot of nice honey! :) Interesting to watch the whole process.
I smiled when I read that part about "Welcome to NC gift". Yes, it's a deal. When we visit, we'll bring you some of our honey.
Originally Posted by pomtzu
Thanks to those who watched the honey videos and can see that it is not quick to end up with honey--not quick for the bees or the humans. Yes, bees are indeed necessary for pollination and they do have a problem with "disappearing".
We used to have 7 hives now 3. Probably next spring we'll buy some more bees & start a new hive.
I don't think we have had what is called "colony collapse" but rather we lost some because the bees swarmed (left with queen) and the remaining bees were combined with other hives. Often James will see or hear the swarm of bees & gather clumps in his bare hands (not getting stung) & put them into a brand new hive. When they swarm, they form a ball of bees on a limb & wait for their scouts to find a new home. BEES ARE VERY SMART and different ones have a specific job.
HOWEVER, if he doesn't get the queen with the bees, they will leave. Last year he climbed a tree (not a good idea) & shook the limb & many bees fell below into a hive. He and I were so proud of his accomplishment--getting the bees & not falling from the tree. Alas, he did not get the queen and the bees left the hive. On a positive note, he often does get the queen and bees & put them in a hive & they have a new home.
Usually every fall when they is not much nectar available we feed them sugar water. Yes, we buy regular sugar & I mix it with water in a big container & heat it until the sugar melts. Then when it cools down, put it in gallon jugs and pour it into feeder boxes for the bees to eat to build up their strength for the upcoming winter. It's also important to point out that we do NOT take all their honey but leave enough for them to eat during the winter. Also during the year he checks the hives periodically to make sure wax worms, bettles, & mites have not invaded the hives. It requires work & attention.
It's quite a hobby and work if you try to do it right. Bees are fascinating and intelligent creatures & crucial to our world.