"I would like to know how you get honey out of a hive"
- When the bees have filled the combs with honey, and the last warm days have come it is time to harvest. This normally happens in the Fall, before it gets to cold. If it is too cold the bees will start eating their stored honey.
- Beekeepers will brush the bees off the frames that they want to harvest. They will leave enough frames of honey for the bees to eat through the winter.
- These frames will hold cells full of honey that have a wax cap on top. The beekeeper will use a scraper or a warm knife to slice off the cap or lid of each cell.
- Once the cells are uncapped the honey is free to flow out of the cells.
- To make sure we get the most honey out, beekeepers use an extractor. An Extractor can hold three frames and spin them like a washer spins the water out of clothes. The beekeeper will do once side and then flip the frames to get honey out of the other side of the frame.
- Then it is time to package the honey.