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Posted: Wednesday 7 September, 2011

by Rosemary at 9:50am in Bees 2 comments Comments closed

John extracting honeyJohn extracting honey

We are beginner beekeepers - John, my father-in-law, is the main man. We bought one complete hive a few months ago and they seem to be doing well. There seems to be lots of forage around - our ivy is just coming into flower - and John's had to add a couple of supers (they are the bits of the hive where the honey is made and stored).

After taking with his mentor, Andrew, John felt able to take one frame (there are about a dozen frames in a super) and extract the honey. It's important that we don't leave the bees short of food to see them through the winter and John wanted to treat for varroa, and once that's done, the honey can't be used for human consumption- so it was now or never.

We now have two small jars of honey waiting for the official opening. We're all very excited about it so I'll let you know when we've tried it.

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pottsie

Monday 12 September, 2011 at 5:53pm

Just jarred my first honey got 11 jars from a super i have just put on so chuffed to bits. Felt a bit guilty about taking the honey (silly i know) so gave the bees a treat in the way of a syrup drink. Hope they arnt to angry at me.

Rob.

Dan

Monday 12 September, 2011 at 7:30pm

We felt the same Rob! We've waited so long to get bees that we don't want to do anything to upset them.

Had it for lunch on crumpets thought and it was fantastic. So we'll get over it!

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