Comments On - How to Harvest Honey

I harvest over 50 lbs of honey twice a year from each hive. I have four hives. The honey is dark amber in the fall and light in the summer. I leave a full super of honey for each hive to get them through the winter. I live in the Sierra Foothills near Sacramento, CA.
Steve, Pine Grove, CA
Posted: 8/18/2015 4:46:01 PM
I look forward to the day of my first harvest!
Posted: 7/1/2015 6:52:10 PM
it is a superb!!!!!!!!!!!!! it helps everything
Jai Surya, chennai, TN
Posted: 6/27/2014 10:50:37 PM
Do you know that bees can be sedated using a special chemical such that they no longer sting, and they become timid such that they move over your body like ordinary flies thus making honey harvesting very safe?
ephantus, International
Posted: 5/23/2014 10:40:18 PM
Uses honey a lot. But, had never paid for those "premium" honey sold at either specialty stores or at farmer's market. I totally understand the work, time, & effort put into it by local producers but it's just way too pricey for my wallet.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 3/23/2014 9:10:34 AM
After the sheets of comb that had the honey in have been uncapped and had the honey removed, do they get put back in for the bees to reuse? Or do the bees just make new one? Can the wax that was the caps be collected up and used to make candles? And if the comb is not getting put back in the hive can that also be used to make candles?
Abigail, International
Posted: 8/30/2013 3:02:58 PM
ummmm just want to eat it not do the work!
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 7/10/2013 7:03:24 PM
There are several ways to harvest honey, an extractor is expensive and not necessary for home apiaries. Consider a solar process, gravity process or renting your beekeeper associations extractor. If you haven't joined an association, do so. There is a wealth of free information and mentors there.
Cat, Puyallup, WA
Posted: 10/26/2012 9:53:53 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 9/13/2012 7:10:57 AM
Harvesting is honey is fun. And hard!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 7/30/2012 11:48:43 PM
Much of interest in the article. Did not know about the issue with the Rhododendron.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 11/6/2011 1:07:47 PM
This article was very interesting. I didn't know about the gas & electric blowers. Will have to research those. I'm a second year beekeeper and will be extracting honey this weekend. Last year it was left for the bees to overwinter.
Delores, Brooklyn, NY
Posted: 7/2/2011 4:29:02 PM
Athletic Director Keith Kirkland of Trenton ISD, Tx. has a bee hive problem at his house and would like it removed before he has to spray them. Come and get'em and you can have them.
hugh, trenton, TX
Posted: 6/22/2011 5:13:06 AM
I love info!
Tracy, Bonham, TX
Posted: 3/9/2011 5:47:10 AM
Many people find it satisfying to use a tried and true method of producing honey using the "crush and strain method" which requires no expensive equipment or devices.

For hobbyist beekeepers, those whose primary interest is more pollination and what honey happens to come along, the combination of top bar hives and crush and strain methods make beekeeping and honey production very affordable and easy to accomplish.
BigBear, Omaha, NE
Posted: 9/2/2010 6:57:40 PM
We will be starting our bee adventure this fall, when we will be purchasing the initial equipment. I look forward to my bees arriving next spring!
Patti, Vincennes, IN
Posted: 6/27/2010 5:07:57 AM
It's very satisfying to harvest your own honey.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 6/25/2010 11:57:30 PM
good artice
naomi, st louis, MO
Posted: 5/28/2010 2:09:05 AM
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