October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm #255943DeesalieMember
We plan on robbing the hive for the first time tomorrow. Here’s the plan.
At about miday, give the bees a puff of smoke at the entrance, wait a few mins then lift the lid. A few puffs in the top wait a few mins then remove half the frames from the super and brush the bees back into the hive. Replace with fresh frames. Harvested frames will go straight into a sealed box for extraction later on…yum.
Check for pests while I’m there too. I’ve seen a few hive beetles kicking around, but I’m not to worried as we are in a cool climate and the hive is strong. Will freshen up the bettle trap anyhow.
Any comments or suggestions?October 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm #511889mauziMember
Sounds like a good plan. We are going to harvest our honey in the next week as well. My only suggestion is a bit “out there” but we always let the bees know that we are going to harvest and why and they always seem to be quieter when we do that. I know “rob” is the correct bee term but we use the term harvest as I look at it like a shared thing. We look after them and provide specialist bee liking plants and they give us honey so sort of a give and take thing – just a thought anyway.October 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm #511890BobbeeMember
:clap: :clap: :clap:
No wonder you are so successful at farming Mauzi. :tup: :tup:
Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:October 23, 2011 at 1:53 am #511891HTMember
Whenever I did anything with my hives in Taz I always let them know that Mummy was comming and I wasn’t a threat,so I put some lavander leaves or seed heads in the smoker so they worked out that I had that smell.It worked for me and they are very clever little girls.
HTOctober 23, 2011 at 9:40 am #511892mauziMember
Thanks Bobbs, very sweet. We do try to consider all things. :hug:October 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm #511893DeesalieMember
Easy done. Now we need to learn how to extract the honey without a centrifuge… My god this is awesome honey…March 9, 2012 at 12:10 am #511894March 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm #511895LineMember
Sounds all good, I am only learning so my opinion doesn’t count for much. I have been wondering if there was any way to extract the frames straight away and then put the same frams back in the hive so they can start working on thier own comb. This may not be important and the other day I put new frames in a super afte taking the fully capped frames and after extracting them I put those empty frames in a new supper I was putting on a younger hive that didn’t have one. Both these hive looked strong but I don’t know alot about going into the main hive. Miday sounds good, they don’t like a cloudy day or any wind as it harder for them to get the hive back to the right temperature. LionelMarch 10, 2012 at 11:15 am #511896vickiMember
Wondering how you went extracting your honey. I took frames out the first time and held on to them for a bit to get more for an extraction run but then didn’t appreciate all the stickies about. I found that if you take them out – extract – and put them back in – the bees clean up all the mess and get straight back onto the job using up the bits left. Frames full of honey can candy if left then you can’t extract (I think) – have chosen not to test that one.
VickiSeptember 2, 2012 at 1:19 am #511897GirlFridayMember
Make sure you drain them pretty well first though- made a mistake once putting fresh stickies back in that still had honey and it ran out the bottom of the hive ;-(February 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm #511898
I harvested honey from my hive this morning . This is my 2nd harvest but first time on my own. It was a bit of a disaster. I ‘dropped’ a frame (back into the super box) giving me and the bees a fright. Then I got a bee in my veil which kind of destroyed my confidence as my kit is a little cobbled together and I got one in last time and was stung. I got out quick without checking the queen & brood box because they were so cross. Then the plastic box I had put 4 honey frmaes in broke as I was carrying it and the frames, honey and all hit the tarmac on the drive. Its all OK now I just got another box. Im a bit shaken though and know I have to get back in there next weekend other wise I wont be able to keep at it : (February 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm #511899dierichParticipant
oh dear, that sounds like a crazy morning! hope you’ve settled down a bit now, and good luck for next weekend!February 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm #511900
thanks dierich. Do other people have bad clumsy days and feel frightened or is it just me : /February 24, 2013 at 1:38 am #511901
On reading this many hours later can I please clarify that’clumsy and feeling frightened’ was meant in relation to inspecting my bee’s! 😉 :shrug: :whistle:March 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm #511902GirlFridayMember
Heck yeah- I think we all have clumsy days. General rule of thumb is to always wait for a nice sunny day with no storms brewing as they tend to get cranky easier. I didnt have any success with keeping my smoker lit so I cheat now and use nag champa incense as the smoking medium. It makes the bees quite zzzen.
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