Harvesting the Honey

Beekeepers usually have 1 big annual extraction. This involves taking the honey-filled supers from the hives and removing the frames. Slice the tops off the wax chambers in the comb of those frames. Then, using an extractor, force the honey from the insides of those storage chambers by centrifugal force—or cut and package the comb directly for comb honey. Extracted honey must then be strained—and bottled and marketed if you plan to sell it. If you've already made the acquaintance of a commercial operator, she or he may be willing to extract and strain your honey for you for a reasonable fee. Then either return the emptied comb in its frame back to the bees, or give the bees fresh foundation on the frame on which to build new comb.

Continue reading here: When to Harvest

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