It has been 4 weeks since the Head Beekeeper has done a hive inspection, but two weeks since the last inspection. Since it is getting nearer and nearer to the end of the honey season, we were checking for honey, eggs, larva and bee bread (nectar mixed with pollen that is fed to larva).
The inspection went very well. We found two full frames of capped honey and we saw the queen and her eggs. We did see one Small Hive Beetle, but we are not too concerned about it.
To extract the honey, you have to have at least one full frame of capped honey (pictures 1 and 5). We started by cutting the honeycomb out of the frames and into a container (picture 3 and 4) . We brought the honeycomb inside and mashed it together in a bowl so the honey can flow out of the honeycomb. Then, we strained the honey 3 times through a cheesecloth (picture 2). This got rid of any small wax particles. The honey was poured into 1 pound jars, and 3 oz jars. Out of these two frames, we got about four and a half pounds of honey! Next weekend will be our large harvest of honey and beeswax. Hopefully we'll get 4-6 more frames full of honey!
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