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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Harvesting Honey

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice or tips on harvesting some honey. I found a hive about 400yards from my house. I only want to take a little bit and then leave them alone for good. I was thinking of going at night with my red light and something that will smoke a little.






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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 07:36 PM
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It is way too early to take honey, the bees have been living on their reserve all winter, you have to give them a chance to build up the combs. Also, you want to be careful with wild hives that they aren't Africanized bees or you could have some real trouble. You are going to have to cut some wood from that tree to get honeycomb and you better be dressed for it and have a good bee smoker.




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Re: Harvesting Honey

Sounds like more trouble than i'm willing to get into! I guess i'll leave them go. Never thought Africanized bees made it this far north. Thanks John

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 11:23 PM
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maybe you can make a deal with a local bee keeper.

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Smoke'em out, grab a handful of the comb and run like [censored] for 400yds!! lol
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By the looks of that barbed wire wrapped around the tree, I'd say your not the only person that knows it's there...maybe a little smoke and just open the door.
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It's the old fence. The tree grew around it. That might not be a bad idea, icemole!

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I don't think there are Africanized honey bees in PA.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-03-2011, 10:38 PM
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I don't think there are Africanized honey bees in PA.
There aren't.....

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-03-2011, 11:24 PM
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Good advice John. He may also want to get someone else to harvest it for him.

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