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2017 Honey

Discussion in 'Honey Harvest' started by Happy Chooks, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Jul 16, 2017
    Maggiesdad

    Maggiesdad Loving the herd life

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    I'm in the middle of extracting, I've pulled four five gallon buckets so far. Still haven't gone through the top bars yet.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2017
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    sweet! literally :clap
     
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    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Loving the herd life

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    DD put in a hive this Spring -- after 15 yrs out of it -- and they are doing very well. She doesn't expect any honey collection this year as they need winter reserves. But with all the rain and farming around here, who knows. She may get a couple pints. It's a wait and see situation.
     
  4. Jul 20, 2017 at 11:14 PM
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles Loving the herd life

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    Hi Happy!

    We have had a non-stop flow since Feb. So yes, we are harvesting honey for the very first time ever.

    We have many supers completely filled with honey...so that is 60-70 lbs per super. We do not have an extractor, so we simply scrape the frames with a honey knife and place the frames back in the hives for clean up and refill.

    How much? Not sure...have not kept track, but I would estimate a few gallons for sure. Recently, we have been pulling frame after frame of honey and placing two at a time in nucs along with a frame of eggs and two frames of brood [five frame nucs].

    According to the season, the honey appears and tastes different...

    Feb - wild mustard and the honey was nearly translucent and very light.
    Mar-Apr - wild flowers...honey was darker.
    Apr-May Eucalyptus honey darker and different tastes.
    May-June - Clover from nearby farmers and blackberry everywhere...honey becomes lighter again.
    July-Aug - Star-thistle honey really dark and much stronger taste.

    So that is our honey story!