Our First “Itty Bitty” Honey Harvest

So we have waited..days…..weeks…months…waited for the first glimpse of the golden elixir we call honey and finally the day came where we could at least harvest a wee bit of honey because one of our hives became “honey bound” a term beekeepers use when you need to create more space for the queen to lay eggs.

So because we use store bought foundation we had to proceed with this process very carefully.  A good friend of ours loaned us his honey extractor even though he needed it the very next day so timing is everything we had to hurry to get what we could get the frames back in the hive and return the Honey Extractor not only that but we did it all in the greenhouse with a heater on so it was a “Hot, Sticky, Messy” event but the thrill of seeing the beautiful golden honey did not discourage me.

To make sure we did not damage the foundation we had to cut the capped comb off with a serrated knife and did not have to do that to the uncapped comb this means that this honey is not really “Shelf” stable because the moisture was not at complete optimum.   We also had to spin the extractor fairly gently and slowly so as not to damage the comb already built on the foundation.   My friend at recommended we keep it in the fridge to help with this although I am thinking we should just eat it more quickly 😉

There is no feeling on this earth like raising your own bees for honey.  Chickens are fun to raise and I love it but my husband has had to really get to know his bees and since they are unpredictable I really think there is an art to raising bees.  The bee keeper has to have an intuition, a 6th sense I guess to be able to predict their next move and also has to pay extreme attention to detail to watch for swarm cells, and queen cells too.

Thanks for coming by to see our first Honey Harvest Pictures!  By the way I consider honey to be the ideal sweetener used in moderation.  When it is raw and unfiltered it is loaded with lots of pollen and enzymes that are so good for you.  Since I switched to eating local honey from local bee keepers two years ago prior to raising our own I no longer have seasonal allergies anymore when the pollen hits locally it does not bother me at all.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

About Lil' Suburban Homestead

We love to garden, raise chickens, cook, read and all in all run my lil' suburban homestead. We have a passion for living sustainably with the earth which can be challenging at times. We recycle, hang our clothes out on the line and raise some of our own food!
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26 Responses to Our First “Itty Bitty” Honey Harvest

  1. Shanna says:

    Cool! You are much braver than I. Iam a bit concerned with the whole Bee thing. Great job! I would like to inite you to join the Easy As Pie Click and Subscribe Blog and Column Hop http://mommiescraftsandtreasures.blogspot.com/

  2. Carol says:

    How exciting, that looks like a wonderful first harvest to me. Enjoy it!

  3. I think it’s fantastic that you have invested the time and energy to raise bees for honey. From my perspective it looks like you got a pretty good haul this time too.

  4. Congratulations!!!
    This is a cause for Celebration. WooWoo.
    I commend you both on your success that comes from hard work and skill.
    Great for you both!!
    Glad you shared..

  5. Maggie says:

    Congrats! Beautiful! Not much better than honey straight from your own hives. Having kept bees many years ago I know it does indeed take a lot of work and “intuition” to be successful, not to mention lack of fear of the bees and a calm nature when working with them!

    • Maggie you just described my husband although with them being on our homestead I am more and more comfortable and no longer have the fear that I once did. Thanks so much for visiting and for the encouraging comments.

  6. Karen says:

    Congratulations on your harvest. By the way, your garden is beautiful…such a nice job.

  7. Katherine Kelley says:

    Way to go. Hope the queen sorts herself out.

  8. Kristi says:

    Oh wow–lucky you guys! What fun it must be to raise your own bees, and so satusfying too. Congrats!

  9. Kathy says:

    That’s so great! Your own too (with bee help). You can be really proud of that.

  10. Lisa B says:

    Wow, that’s quite a bit of honey. It looks so yummy. Congrats. Also your garden is wonderful!

  11. donna says:

    Looks like a great honey harvest.

  12. SimpleP says:

    How gratifying! This is something I aspire to do someday, bees and chickens. Enjoying learning from your experience!

    • Thanks so much! We really enjoy it! The other day we inspected the hives and I will be posting on my husband splitting the hives tonight but then we did a re-inspection and we were so gratified to know that each colony is happy and thriving and has a queen! 🙂

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