Honey Harvesting

Honey Harvesting

Honey is harvested early in the morning or late in the evening when bees are less active. Following steps are followed:

  • Approach the hive quietly and blow smoke around the hive and later through the entrance holes using a smoker. The smoke makes the bees to start eating honey thus becoming heavy and inactive.
  • Lift the hive lid and puff smoke into to the surface of the top bars
  • Using a hive tool, gently knock upper surface of the top bars to find out where the building of the combs ends. Lift off the last build comb and inspect for ripe honey.
  • Cut the combs from each top bar three centimeters from the surface and put them in a clean container rubbing off the bees using a twig/brush.
  • The 3 cm of the comb left is for attachment of new combs.
  • Place back the bars and do not disturb the brood.