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Bee Escape! Honey I stole the gold!

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When it comes time to harvest the honey there’s a great deal to be done.
One of the first challenges is persuading the girls to let you take the stuff away.

To be honest that’s the only real challenge.

You can try approaching the hive, knocking gently at the door and asking politely.

This usually results in a fairly low yield. If you chose to return with a louder response maybe a note for the cashier and weapons, the bees are unlikely to offer you a bag full of gold.

I suspect if you wrote them a letter listing your demands a gentle buzz would be the result.

So what to do?
When we did our bee keeping course we learned the hard way.

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Method 1

Step 1
Get your protective gear on, remove rings, tuck trousers in socks, avoid perfume etc

Step 2
Take the lid off the box. Lift out each honey frame and shake or knock the accompanying bees into a large bin or container or into the hive.

Step 3
Be very aware that the bees are crystal clear that intruders are stealing their honey. This may result in an angry response.

Method 2
Step 1
Go and visit the hive dressed as above insert a bee escape under the honey box.

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Step 2
Go home.

Step 3
Wait a few days.

Step 4
Return to the hive suitably dressed. Take the lid off. Take the whole honey box out. Be sure that the bees are all ‘downstairs’ one or two might not have exited the honey.

Step 4
Repeat step 2.

Step 5
Spend time uncapping the honey, spinning it and transferring it into clean jars.

You can guess which method we did if you like!

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15 comments on “Bee Escape! Honey I stole the gold!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 14, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    lovely thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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  2. sadnesstheory
    August 14, 2014

    Oh, you are beekeeping, that’s so cool! Looks really nice the honey! Want to chew a piece of the bees wax. Jum.

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  3. Benjamin
    August 14, 2014

    What do you do with all that great beeswax…do we have a candlemaking post to look forward to?

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    • lizard100
      August 14, 2014

      Ah that’s a point. I’m not sure. We’ve washed it and we’ve got a solar smelter in another post that we melt it with but after that it’s not clear.

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    • lizard100
      August 15, 2014

      I think we are going to but some candle forms now.

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      • Benjamin
        August 15, 2014

        Very cool! Looking forward to reading about it! Good Luck!

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      • lizard100
        August 15, 2014

        Well I went and bought a candle mould today!…..

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      • Benjamin
        August 15, 2014

        Huzzah!

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  4. silverbells2012
    August 14, 2014

    The second method is definitely the better one 😉

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  5. Rambling Woods
    August 17, 2014

    Love this

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  6. Di Drinkwater
    September 28, 2014

    What sort of extractor is that?
    We’re looking at motorising ours just to make it less hard work. And I suspect if a machine is doing the work we’ll actually get every last drop of honey out, rather than giving up as our arms get tired.

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      Hubby again. He made a holder for the frames that would fit on the power drill. And then we fitted a honey tap to a plastic bin.

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