Three years ago I first filmed Mum and I collecting honey from our beehives! Here's what we're harvesting from the same hives in 2017! Click to see our first honey harvesting video! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSdry0vPQdw
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I'm not a bee keeper at all and I'm not actually sure how I got to this part of YouTube. but please tie your hair back using the extractor. Seen way too many incidents of people getting scalped with spinning machinery
Other than that awesome video keep it up :)
When you were pouring the honey, it reminded me of my mom and I last year doing the exact same thing... having the same timing issues lol Another great video :) @ 2:40 www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJjzIBx-cAc
So much going on there Maddie. You love your bees that's brilliant. Warm your frames in a greenhouse or car in the sun when you harvest on a cold day. The honey will flow much better and you will soon out your frames easier without wrecking them either! I run 28 hives in Germany and my kids love you on CBeebies
Hi, I like your enthusiasm :-D I would suggest you gently extracting the one side (slow rotation) and then (againt gently) the second side of the frames. It will help to reduce the weight. After that you can rotate it faster to extract the honey left there on both sides. It will help to not destroy the frames and the bees will not have the lot of work to repair it. I have had the manual extractor for two years. It was pain in the butt :-) I put some motor here (max rpm is 500) and put some regulation. Now extracting the honey is much more pleasure and fun :-) But I have 19 hives now so maybe for two hives it is not necessary.
Tim James-Hammond sometimes what you can do is leave them near the hive and the bees will clean it up for you, but that only works when you have a very strong hive. Usually you have extras to pop in while you are extracting honey thought.
Greetings from Russia! You smell not the boss of bees and very sympathy girl. I am also fond of bees, but to the girls it was interesting, I have not seen, sory for my English, translated by auto translator.
AllGoodThingsNetwork yes, much better. The honey you buy at the store usually is called clover honey which means that they only let the bees pollinate clove plants and it is virtually tasteless compared to the honey from free roaming bees
Disclaimer: My mum and I have been keeping bees for 3 years, are both well read and have completed beekeeping courses, but we are by no means experts. We are "hobbyist" beekeepers and try not to interfere with the bees too much. We welcome any advice and tips from fellow beekeepers and always recommend getting a second opinion as our knowledge is limited :-)
Never wear leather gloves and work honey bees, THEY ONLY STING EM, and can sting threw them too! WEAR THICK RUBBER GLOVES OR BARE HANDED i wear thin rubber gloves! when they bump em! wash em off in plain water and go rite back to work The thick chemical rubber gloves they can't sting threw Thin ones yes! but its rare
Yes they do use the same frames for brood and honey or pollen unless you put the honey frames in separate box on top of the brood box called honey super with a queen excluder between the boxes to prevent the queen from laying eggs in the honey super. Hope it helped!
how in the world is it possible that you have been producing Discovery Channel quality videos consistently for THREE YEARS and only have 21k subscribers? seriously, your personality is that of the ideal TV host. you really need to market this channel. more. i cant imagine any other reason why you have less than 1 million subs.
loved the video. Found it shocking how all the effort from spinning the extractor and the you pulled out the frames which had only just started dripping honey 😂 it seems that honey making is a bit of a work out 😂😂
Honeycomb is the wax structure that the bees store their honey in. In this video I talk about the frames, and inside the walls of those frames is where you see the honey comb (all the the hexagonal wax cells that store the honey!)
A few things I'd like to give my opinion on. Don't spin the extractor so violently, you don't need every last drop, better to take a few more frames and then put the empty ones back for the bees to clean. Don't pour the honey like that, you want to pour down the edge in to warm jars, this prevents bubbles and helps to keep your honey looking clear.
Oh, nice. Always something to learn. I'm only on my first year of beekeeping but I've learnt so much, you're one of the first people to get me started. I'm interested on why you choose to leave honey when you can replace it with syrup for them during the winter. Also, isn't it a bit late to be taking rape seed honey?
Peter John Brookes This batch of honey has come mainly from rape seed nectar which produces extremely thick honey. We wouldnt usually need to give it so much oomf. To be honest we didnt get all that much out, the bees got most of it back lol! Thanks for the warm jar tip, we'll try it next year!
Efren Chen I know cases of the queen laying brood in them, you would need a queen excluder. For OSR or dandelion which crystallise very quickly, you would either have to soak it with water to release it and feed back to the bees or place in a warming cabinet to liquefy. As a piece of kit for beekeeping, from what I have seen it works very well, some say the honey has a better flavour because you are not putting it through an extractor. A bit too expensive for commercial use, fine for hobbyists with a small number of hives.
I've discussed it with some other beekeepers. Over all it seems very good, less obtrusive to the bees, easier for beginners etc. They are a lot more expensive though and if your hive is near an oil seed rape crop or live in a colder climate the honey will crystallise quite quickly, this would mean the honey wont flow.
I learned some stuff!
1) Didn't know individual chambers were sealed off with wax
2) A good way to get the honey out of the chambers is to use centri-fugal-force
I once again arrive at the conclusion: Honey should cost WAY more! It's a precious product that took thousands of bee hours to produce!
Sorry if this has been answered before but how does a bee build a honeycomb? The hexagons are amazingly precise for little fellas without hands or tools!
I used to be afraid of bees but after watching your series I think I may get my own beehive someday!
Wow that is absolutely amazing! Thanks for the reference and your great work! Now I need to play catchup with some of your videos ;-)
I do remember watching that one (because of the whole dancing thing that also amazed me).
Why do bees make excess honey? How do you know how much is excess? What would happen if you didn't harvest the excess honey? Would the bees kick back a while because they had a full larder, or would the queen start laying more eggs to take up the excess?
Bees like to be busy. If you give them space to grow into, they'll fill it regardless of whether they need more honey or not. So by giving them extra space (frames) it encourages more honey production. If ever we feel like their nectar supply is dwindling or the weather gets bit rubbish, we always supply them with extra sugar syrup so they don't over work themselves to fill the void.
Thanks for sharing this with us Maddie! Greetings and love from the States!
Do you have any more animal-related content coming soon? I'm mostly interested in our invertebrate friends in arachnids and myriapods.
Nice video ~~~ Maddie, your homey gate on your “spinner” is up side down. When closed the handle should be at the 3:00 position. When you open it you would raise it to the 12:00 position away from the honey flow, not through it. All you have to do is loosen the nut on the inside, turn the gate 180° and tighten the nut. It’s simple and easy. Saves a lot of mess and finger licking. Try it - you will like it.
Mark McCombs I disagree, I have a motorised extractor which is on wheels. Each frame weighs differently and if not balanced properly it will sway from side to side, you start off slowly and then build up speed. If it has a fixed base then you may damage the extractor.
It's always pretty labour intensive, but it's also worth saying that this is the third batch of honey taken from the hives this year, so they've already produced about 30 jars. That being said, there are definitely ways of upping the yield, but we're not commercial beekeepers. For us, the hives are about providing homes for pollinators (with the benefit of honey!) so we try not to interfere too much.