I started bee keeping last year with one hive just for pollination and for fun. That hive had two mediums of honey that I left on the hive to overwinter. This year I added a nuc and then caught a swarm to make 3 colonies total this year. I don't want to sell honey but will need to take off some from the first hive which already has more than two mediums full.
Question: If anyone on this forum as been successful with harvesting without an extractor, what equipment did you have? I have "helped" harvest honey once with an electric extractor so know about the decapping tools and the tray to catch the cappings, the 5 gallon buckets that catch the honey from the extractor and the strainers that go on the bucket. But what do you use to catch the honey that is draining off the frame after comb is decapped? If the decapped frame is simply place on end over the bucket with the strainer, how did you keep the frame from tipping while it drained?
2nd question: How many pounds of honey are typical from one frame? I am trying to figure out how many bottles to order, etc. if I harvest the full two medium supers which have 9 frames each.
Thanks so much for any comments or advice, even if negative to this plan.