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How to Harvest Honey! | Beekeeping with Maddie #12

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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 Subscribe for more: http://bit.ly/1kPjJZL Keep in Touch! TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/maddiemoate BLOG: http://maddiemoate.com FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/maddiemoatepresenter INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/maddiemoate My Camera Gear - Main Vlog Camera Set Up Canon 700d - http://amzn.to/2jGLco1 Extra Batteries - http://amzn.to/2ktFtpW Rode Top Mic - http://amzn.to/2ktN9ID Gorilla Bendy Tripod - http://amzn.to/2jAdVPS + http://amzn.to/2ktyFZw For still images and occasional vlogging I use the Fujifilm X-A2 - http://amzn.to/2jGMdMD Lenses Canon EF-S 10-22mm (My standard vlogging lens - Good for wides, zooms and close-ups) - http://amzn.to/2k3f2Gp Sigma DG 70-200mm (Great telephoto/macro lens for detailed wildlife filming and pretty distance shots) - http://amzn.to/2k3kER5 Canon 50mm (For close-up,blurry background shots) http://amzn.to/2jGRvYn Extras GoPro Hero4 Black (with waterproof housing)- http://amzn.to/2kVejJe Dual battery charger - http://amzn.to/2jGNjIg 3 Way Tripod - http://amzn.to/2ktAbuy Floaty- http://amzn.to/2ktEZA2
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The Mythie Channel (1 hour ago)
Oh I just love honey But it’s not for the money I just want it for my tummy Ok my rhyme is now too funny!!!!! LOL
wrightyyy1991 (1 day ago)
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 :)
Stephen Miles (5 days ago)
You've probably picked this up by now, but instead of brushing the bees, just give the frame a sharp shake
arti181 (16 days ago)
Your a actor on cbbies
Heather Jolly (18 days ago)
you 2 are so cute! I love the bee shirt at the end
KC Luu (19 days ago)
Hey Maddie Could you do a video on what you do with wax?
VvonGianni (23 days ago)
5 jars is enough to last 5 months at our home.
VvonGianni (23 days ago)
I'm reminded of bee movie when I see the smoke they use for harvest. (laugh)
do you have any idea of how sweet you are?sweeter than honey.. ceap up the good work!more videos please we send you our love from greece !!
Ollie Butler (29 days ago)
How I've ended up here at 1am i do not know haha! Very good video though, looks like a professional documentary.
paulina lewandowska (1 month ago)
OMG 😱 😱 there are so many bees
khajista khan (1 month ago)
khajista khan (1 month ago)
Amazing 😲😲😲🍯
Joey Oliver (2 months ago)
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
jonas balderas (2 months ago)
So cute when you spin,your like a child
Joy Igudia (2 months ago)
Great job Maddie, hair hazard can be prevented with a hair cap.
Calum Grigor (2 months ago)
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
Calum Grigor (2 months ago)
Also take off all the honey and replace it with sugar water - hives overwintered on sugar water have fewer issues with nosema. (Especially those overwintered on dark honey)
Drone Wild (2 months ago)
She is sooooo awesome haha, so happy, bubbly and energetic, what a gorgeous person
James Conrathe (2 months ago)
Thank you for this. My 4 year old honey bunny loved it. Sorry but you really are a honey and I’m not a pervert as I’m happily married. Keep winning
Martin Mikusek (2 months ago)
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.
PaulJBarrs (2 months ago)
I have watched a load of YT videos on how to extract honey, Bee Keeping basics and the like.  This one is by far the most entertaining.  Nice one Maddie, another subscriber right here.
I reckon ye should invest in a small motorised electric honey extractor. 👍
Caelia (3 months ago)
Oh I'd love to have a bee hive. I don't have a huge garden like that though
Tim James-Hammond (3 months ago)
Awesome video. Can you tell me what you did with the frames after the honey was extracted? Clean up, pop them back to hive? Thanks so much.
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
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.
Brandon Brand (3 months ago)
Really cool, thanks :)
You should prewax your foundation otherwise you will get always this owful comb built on the plastic. Apply more wax on the plastic foundation!
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
Пчеловодство и Садоводство для каждого don’t use plastic starters it’s not good for the bees
Dante Uribe (4 months ago)
Hey, Maddie, what do you and your mum do with the left-over wax? :)
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
Dante Uribe you usually make candles or lip balm with it or you can sell it as well
Isabell Hanke (4 months ago)
hey Maddie...i love your Videos, but this is not the korrekt way to harvest honey. you spin it sooo fast...and then did you have broken frames.- and the bees have much more work.
Юрий ALEX (4 months ago)
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.
Quilt Dalisay (4 months ago)
wow give me honey bee
theylied1776 (4 months ago)
AllGoodThingsNetwork (5 months ago)
Nice video! Very informative. Is that honey better than store bought?
Stephen Miles (5 days ago)
Also, large brand honey tends to mix honey with cheap sugar syrup from China. If you ever see the word 'blended' on a honey label, it means it's not pure honey
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
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
Zoran D (6 months ago)
you're a maniac on that spinner machine haha! great video
Muvill (7 months ago)
Best YouTube.
David Mccallum (7 months ago)
Can you not adapt it to take a drill?.
Rade Mihajlovic (7 months ago)
RedAlfa (7 months ago)
nice video very educative
Maddie Moate (7 months ago)
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 :-)
Jacen Starhunter (7 months ago)
Don't worry 🐝 happy! ☮
Donut Zlidla (8 months ago)
426 SUPER BEE (8 months ago)
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
Stress Ball (8 months ago)
I am curious if bees use the same frame for laying eggs (growing larvae to pupae) and for honey storage. because in those frames pulled out from the hive, they were all honey.
frankbravura (8 months ago)
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!
Sky Pup (8 months ago)
Does anyone know the name of the music used in the background?
Sky Pup (7 months ago)
Thank you thank you thank you *_THANK YOU!_* I very much appreciate it!
ove woovel (7 months ago)
It's honey by David Cutter Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okzuXMEqWKk
Sky Pup (8 months ago)
Maddie, you delightful creature you! ---could you tell me the name of the music you used? I love the song!! Thanks.
talala tilili (8 months ago)
the first hive didnt a good work in building the wax, you need to set frames closely to each other to avoid this..and they also build wax on the top of frame witch mean that they need more space..
Monkey Shock (8 months ago)
You're absolutely gorgeous!
Vladimir TySesTy (8 months ago)
oh my god, Maddie, you are getting more beautiful and sexy every day
Deciphor Maniac (8 months ago)
And you should show off mum, there is no need to be shy
Deciphor Maniac (8 months ago)
There are flow hives now, a very quick solution for you honey addiction..
Reckless Roges (8 months ago)
Have you tried producing cut-comb? Watching you battle with that extractor makes me think honey-comb production might be more up your street.
Balen Mars (8 months ago)
you know, in some cultures they eat honey with the wax, I tried it too, it's great
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
You can also chew it like gum
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Oh really? I know some people will buy honeycomb to spread on toast, so I guess there are bits of wax in it then!
RunSlagathorRun (8 months ago)
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.
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Thank you very much, please do spread the word! Slowly but surely I think my TV audience are finding us here, so we are getting there!
Snow and Ice (8 months ago)
Honey is excellent on Special K cereal.
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
haha I'll have to try it!
MissMerc007 (8 months ago)
subscribed for your bee vlogs :) and honey extracting.
Jim Groth (9 months ago)
We're moving to a house in a rural area soon, and are considering starting a few hives. Probably won't take any honey though.
박경환 (9 months ago)
꿀벌 기르는것 대단하네요
Ryan the Raptor Guy (9 months ago)
Wow bees make a lot of extra 🍯!
Gordon Maurer (9 months ago)
Your gate valve on the extractor is up=side down.. Just turn the cover so the handle is on the left side. When you open the valve the handle will be lifted away from the honey flow.
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Noted! Thank you!
Evie Goes Wild (9 months ago)
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 😂😂
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
Evie Goes Wild the langstroth hive is harder to harvest from, compared to the warre hive
Evie Goes Wild (8 months ago)
+Maddie Moate ohhh okay thanks!!!
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
This batch of honey was particularly firm, it's not usually quite so tricky!
Mashud Mohammed (9 months ago)
Great video 👍
Joey Ouyang (9 months ago)
Ya like *Jazz* ?
Soron Quenta (9 months ago)
I love this video series! 🙌🏼😄❤️🐝
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Thank you!
wikichris (9 months ago)
Honey, I'm home!
taramorse (9 months ago)
Did something happen to your mum's other hives, or did you just showcase these two hives today?
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
We are moving house soon and are likely going to be leaving the bees to the new owners, so I reckon we'll be starting fresh next year!
taramorse (9 months ago)
That's too bad. Hopefully you'll be able to build up the hives again.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
taramorse They swarmed last year and we had an issue with wax moth : (
nukemz (9 months ago)
Fab video Maddie!
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Thanks Mike
Laura Crofts-Viney (9 months ago)
What's honeycomb do you get that from honey or something else.
Laura Crofts-Viney (8 months ago)
Maddie Moate OOOOH, OK I get it. Thank you for your knowledge. Your BEErilliant. 🐝🍯😄🌷
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
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!)
Victor González (9 months ago)
Her mom's voice is exactly the same as this YouTuber called RPG Minx. Wow..
Thomas Hines (9 months ago)
The hexagonal jars are a nice touch!
Quilt Dalisay (4 months ago)
Thomas Hines
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Thanks ;-)
thathoopy (9 months ago)
This was a great video! I've seen a couple of different bee keeping methods, always fun to learn!
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Thank you!
PJ (9 months ago)
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.
PJ (9 months ago)
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?
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
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!
nudl3Zz (9 months ago)
You should put a a drill or something on the spinningmachine
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
tell me about it!
Cavers (9 months ago)
Damn I feel like a dick now stealing their gold
Efren Chen (9 months ago)
Maddie, what is your opinion on the FlowHive? It's very controversial and I think a lot of people would like to hear your view on this.
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Our bees mostly forage on rape seed so I doubt the FlowHive would work for us, thanks for the info!
beehinde (9 months ago)
Efren Chen As an aside this should be discussed in another video, with a demonstration from another beekeeper with Maddie.
beehinde (9 months ago)
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.
PJ (9 months ago)
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.
Milomia (9 months ago)
Nice video....makes me wants to save up for an electric extractor/spinner
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Same lol
Gary Sabba (9 months ago)
Loved the video, keep them coming.
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
Got another one the way!
Remi Stardust (9 months ago)
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!
natan locke-church (9 months ago)
funny music! enjoying it so far..
natan locke-church (9 months ago)
your very used to getting in deffernt suits fast! x
Pseudonymium (9 months ago)
That's a pretty cool mum you've got there Maddie
Maddie Moate (8 months ago)
yeah she's pretty awesome :-)
Catrenia D'Imperio (9 months ago)
Is it necessary to can the honey?
ThunderGun2 (9 months ago)
My friend Murr is afraid of bees… …Boobies.
Daniel Lalonde (9 months ago)
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!
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
Daniel Lalonde if you get a beehive I reccomend a warre hive instead of the hive she has in this video
Daniel Lalonde (9 months ago)
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).
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
Daniel Lalonde I touch on this in one of my videos called "Why Bees are good at Math" :-)
beehinde (9 months ago)
Peter John Brookes even without the sheets of wax foundation they produce almost perfect hexagons, which start off round and then become hexagons with the bees heating each cell.
PJ (9 months ago)
If your talking about each individual hexagon, that's just a wonder of nature.
Penny Lane (9 months ago)
I would love to taste your honey, Maddie! Wait, that came out wrong.
Mechanical Eng (9 months ago)
My grandad is a beekeeper with 40 hives, hes a always busy with them. Got to head up this weekend to pull some of the frames.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
Wow! He must be busy!
Dr. Gerbils (9 months ago)
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?
Zach Kaczkowski (1 month ago)
PJ you usually shouldn’t because that means your taking all the stores of honey the hives have, and sugar syrup doesn’t have all of the nutrition that honey does, and it’s not as good for them
PJ (9 months ago)
Are you feeding them sugar syrup during summer months?
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
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.
PlainSailingWeather (9 months ago)
Maddie, would you consider doing a noobs guide to beekeeping? I'd really like to get into it but sadly, I have no idea where to even begin. That would be great if you could. :)
PlainSailingWeather (9 months ago)
PJ (9 months ago)
Thats a shame, are you in the UK?
PlainSailingWeather (9 months ago)
There doesn't seem to be a well established one in my area, unfortunately. :(
PJ (9 months ago)
Best way to get started is join your local beekeeping association, make friends and they will always try to help you.
Delivery McGee (9 months ago)
I somehow missed the whole bee series. The honey-tasting video with Sally that introduced me to you suddenly makes a lot more sense.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
It's been a while since Ive done them!
Sener S (9 months ago)
Marry me Maddie!
TheLowstef (9 months ago)
It's been a couple of crappy days (for various random reasons). That smile made it better. It makes everything better. The pure enthusiasm and joy is infectious. Thanks.
Greg Rice (9 months ago)
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.
Greg Rice (9 months ago)
I can't wait! Thank you! :)
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
Definitely more bee videos (one will feature an arachnid?!)
ADK NL (9 months ago)
Just awesome. The facial expressions when you speak. Lots of enthusiasm. It's really addictive to watch. Keep them coming.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
Thank you!
* * (9 months ago)
put a drill on the end of that honey extractor
Gordon Maurer (28 days ago)
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.
Richard Longley (1 month ago)
Mr Teamflashingterry That breaks it, you know!
gurdip singh (6 months ago)
Mr Teamflashingterry was
beehinde (9 months ago)
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.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
This is far too sensible lol
FieldMarshallNey (9 months ago)
Sweet video
Penny Lane (9 months ago)
Pun intended?
ShiroAndRin (9 months ago)
Wait... Are all those 5 jars just from 2 hives? OwO
ShiroAndRin (9 months ago)
Maddie Moate Wow! No wonder they use bees to refer to being busy and industrious.
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
5 jars from about 6 frames. These two hives have already produced about 30 jars this year :-)
joffff (9 months ago)
Beekeeping for honey seems quite a labour intensive process for not much yield. Is your setup typical or are there ways of getting more excess honey?
joffff (9 months ago)
Maddie Moate Good point on the honey being a bonus of saving bees!
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
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.
lito dan (9 months ago)
shes so danm cute. .
arti181 (16 days ago)
Laura Crofts-Viney (8 months ago)
Agreed she's beautiful. <3
lito dan (9 months ago)
so i cant compliment her ???? .. i already know all the info she said in the video.there's 2 reasons i clicked on the video ,i like beekeeping and to see her gorgeous smile
PlainSailingWeather (9 months ago)
That's all you have to say about this very informative video? A comment on her appearance? That's a shame.
flash1195 (9 months ago)
I wonder if you can flavour honey Maddie. Are the plants nearby planted on purpose for the bees to feed on?
flash1195 (9 months ago)
Maddie Moate thanks Maddie! I'll check it out!
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
haha you found it already!
Maddie Moate (9 months ago)
Absolutely! Sally Le Page and I made a video where we tasted different honeys with very strong tastes influenced by the plants the bees foraged on!

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