Frozen Bees & Honey

The second hive we got called on was in the floor joists of someone’s home.  This hive was just like the other one, only in between the floors, vertically.

Basically impossible to salvage the hive intact.

Not to mention the fact that the home owners didn’t bother to call us until September.

A hive of bees needs 60 – 100 pounds of honey to survive the winter – these bees were working hard to get that, but even if we could get the bees out and put them in a new hive, they would never be able to survive the winter on the little they would be able to gather before fall.

Clark combined what bees he could get out with another hive and scraped out the hive from between the floors.  The majority of bees died.  Sad, but unavoidable.  We got their honey.  :).

This is a pot full of honey (and a few bees).

Pot o Honey

The problem is that for some crazy reason, bees don’t like to fly off and just leave their honey.

So how does one get the honey without the bees?

Freeze them.

We stick the pot in the freezer till the bees die, then we can either crush the comb and drain out the honey, or heat the pot, melt the wax (it floats when it cools- and so do the bees) and then strain the honey.

We haven’t done anything yet, we still  have this pot of honey just waiting to be harvested.

Time.

It’s all about time.

(or the lack thereof)

Pot 3

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