We did a honey harvest this past weekend with our 2 frame hand crank extractor. A lot more fun than a Flow Hive. I felt neither the animosity or admiration other beekeepers felt for the "Flow Hive". At $500 Canadian for a few frames I was more disturbed by the price.
We're experiencing a drought in Vancouver with no winter snow in the mountains and water restrictions in effect as of last week. This is obviously a concern for beekeepers as the amount of moisture present determines the nectar available for the bees. We kept this in mind when pulling honey frames leaving lots of partially wax capped and wet frames (uncapped honey) in each hive. Also, important to note no blow outs on foundationless, unwired frames. It seems as long as they are firmly attached on all 4 sides we have no problems. Half of the honey from each hive goes to the Vancouver Foodbank or is sold to support Cottonwood Community Garden. Thanks to Bruce for these photos.
|Serge demonstrating the proper wobble proof sitting position on the extractor|
|Though we have fine filters we have determined that we and our customers (friends) prefer a very large filter removing only the largest bits of wax.|
|Our Honey Bee Larvae|
|Vespula pensylvanica (western yellowjacket-Queen) in our garden.|
|Polistes dominula- European paper wasp in our garden.|
|Ahhh, filling my favourite honey jar.|