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  1. #1
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    Default HARVESTING HONEY .

    Taking honey from my hives is never fun . I took 3 deeps from 3 hives and put them in my SUV and it was like a Alfred hichcock movie mad bee's every where.

    By the time I was done the xterra had a 1000 bee's in side and the hive where not happy ether

    Not a fun day in the bee yard only took 5 stings. That's the small beeyard done and ready for winter all but the wraps {I do that in DEC. } andOAV.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Were you pulling honey or moving bees.... lol. Are those bees ones that didn't get shaken off or found the boxes in the vehicle?

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Were you pulling honey or moving bees.... lol. Are those bees ones that didn't get shaken off or found the boxes in the vehicle?
    They found the boxes in the vehicle and I was only at it for less then a hour.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    GLOCK,

    With all of your equipment open and the SUV lift gate open, why would you expect anything different?

    Steve

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    I had a similar experience. Just drive around with the windows and hatch open for a while.
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Glock - my method - which is good for a hobbyist or very small scale commercial operation is to get the bees out of the supers before they are moved.

    My method - which is time consuming - works for me working by myself. I start with a fume board on the hive - I use Bee Quick but I know there are other similar kinds of products on the market that people think well of. Once most of the bees are out, the super is physically removed from the hive and moved to my truck tail gate. There I have two empty supers - one with an inverted top at the bottom to catch dripping honey and a towel to cover the box as I put frames into it. I pull frames one at a time - decide if it is to be extracted or not, and if so brush any bees off and stick it in the super with the towel.

    When I'm done I cover the honey boxes with cover and off I go.

    As I extract in my kitchen I appreciate having as few bees as possible in the supers. There are always some bees that find their way into the supers, but not so many as to pose real problems.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    I have a device I made called a honey-horse. I did not invent it, but will take a picture of it today and post it in the am. It holds the box while I slip a large construction-clean up plastic bag over it. Works great for beeless transport and processing.

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by GLOCK View Post
    They found the boxes in the vehicle and I was only at it for less then a hour.
    They do that. Here is a tip. Next time pull all the lids off all the hives in the yard and cover their normal entrance with the lids. It really helps knock out robbing while pulling honey.

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    I had a similar experience. Just drive around with the windows and hatch open for a while.
    Thats what I did.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Glock why is everything open? I carry my boxes in the back of the pick up (usually on the tail gate) but first I get the bees out. And I won't make the mistake of opening up more than one hive at a time again. Moving just one box away from the hives about 50 ft and then shaking the bees into another empty box that has honey or syrup drippings may help you. But you have to keep the box of honey frames closed. The empty box laced with honey or syrup can then be dumped back into the proper hive if it is full of nurse bees and maybe the queen. The foragers will go back to the hive naturally.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    They do that. Here is a tip. Next time pull all the lids off all the hives in the yard and cover their normal entrance with the lids. It really helps knock out robbing while pulling honey.
    Do you have a pic? How do you cover their normal entrance with a lid?
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    I use the Jim Lyon wind box. When no wind, I put one of those small battery operated fans over the opening. Works like a lucky charm!
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    I take off all the lids from all the hives too before pulling the honey. I have not laid them in front of the enterance but will try that next time.

    After getting all the bees off the frames, keeping the supers closed up so that the bees can't get in will cut the amount of bees you haul back to the honey house to a minumum. Having duct tape to patch any holes is worth its weight in saved honey. In a pinch use wads of grass to plug holes.

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    You might consider one of those hitch mounted cargo carriers. I cover my stacks of pulled honey supers with simple homemade bee escapes, and unless they contain brood they are almost completely beeless by dark - then I take them in to be extracted.

    Heavy robbing always makes it tougher though.
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Drive a half mile a way and open everything up. Wait 5 minutes or so for the robbers to load up and head back. Works with boxes in the back of the pickup.
    Adam - Zone 5A
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by zhiv9 View Post
    Wait 5 minutes or so for the robbers to load up and head back.
    Sounds like you are losing honey.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    Quote Originally Posted by zhiv9 View Post
    Drive a half mile a way and open everything up. Wait 5 minutes or so for the robbers to load up and head back.
    I think that is quite creative!


    After all, how much honey can a single bee carry in one trip?
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    I don't see it working to well for the queen.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    What queen?
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    The queen that could be in the box that you are driving away.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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