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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Harvested the honey from my two hives today. I don't have time to render it until Tuesday but should end up with around 100 lbs. If anyone is interested, here's what the inside of a hive looks like. I alreay removed the top two supers and six frames from this one. This is the first super above the brood box. Notice the metal grate (queen excluder) that keeps the queen from entering the upper boxes so she does not lay eggs there.


Here is one of the frames filled with honey and capped

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 11:56 AM
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Re: Honey

Looks great. I'm giving mine one more week, then harvesting.

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My neighbor gave me some comb honey last week, best honey I ever ate! Any of you guys willing to sell some??
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No selling for me. I am giving it away as christmas presents and making Mead with it.

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Re: Honey

Cool. Is it expensive to get started making honey?
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Interesting. I have never seen the inside of a hive before. Did you get a big harvest this year? We just bought honey from a local beekeeper and he said his yield was light compared to last year.
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Cool. Is it expensive to get started making honey?


I had to do it!!

Isn't Expensive at all, the Bees do all the work in making it, you just sit back and relax and wait for them to gather everything up and produce it into honey!

Now, getting the Bee Hives, Bees and Equipment isn't Cheap!
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Re: Honey

It was an average harvest. I doubt it, but I may be able to get a little more before the weather gets too cold. I've had years when I was able to harvest in early/mid August and again in the fall.

Once you have the boxes and equipment, it's not costly at all. The biggest expense is start up
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If you live in bear country, you better figure in putting up a heavy electrified fence around your hives.
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You're not kidding! I made mine completely enclosed in electric fence, with a solar fencer. That thing really snaps ya if you touch it!! It works, since I haven't had one bear or any other animal in my hives all summer....and I'm right in the middle of bear country!

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