Tuesday, August 31, 2010
We went to Aggie's to rob the honey from her bee hive. This is quite a process and it involves taking what the honey bees have labored long and hard to produce. That said, they just might resent us taking their honey.
First we smoke them, which mostly covers up any alert, intruder, attack pheromone they might produce. We do not want everyone to get upset with us. Here I am with all my protective gear ready to smoke them.
The top compartment is called a super. It has smaller frames. The queen is kept down in the hive bodies by a queen excluder which is a screen that allows the worker bees access but the queen is too big to squeeze by. This keeps her from laying eggs in the super and the honey bees use these frames for just storing honey.
To get the bees to leave the super we spray a product called Bee Gone on felt inside the top of a cover. They cannot stand the smell of this product. They will leave the super and go down into the hive body after a few minutes. We waited about 15 minutes and opened the hive and low and behold only a few hold outs (bees who must not have a good sense of smell).
Harry removed each frame...blew off the remaining bees and placed the frame in a hive body we had positioned in a wheel barrel. I quickly covered it with a towel. We did not want the bees to find the honey.
Note: the limit of his protection was long sleeves. Bees like him.
He is using a neat little clamp that makes lifting the frames much easier. Bees have stuck the frames into the hive with their propolis.Perhaps this is to make it difficult for us.
We all had to try this. This is the most fun!
Unfortunately my camera battery died about this time.
This is the beautiful result.
Keep your hands off my honey.
How did Jack Trap's chickens get in this blog?