We took off four boxes today, two each from my hives. Beautiful, light honey, runny and sweet. My helpers were A and E.
The process was as follows:
Take one empty box, remove lid from the hive
Lever out a frame, and shake the bees off
Hand the frame to helper E, who then takes it to the empty box
Helper A lifts the lid off the box, in goes the frame, then on goes the lid before Apple queen’s demented little guardians can get in.
My elbows were getting quite sore from wielding so many heavy frames, but the smoker mainly subdued Apple queen’s manic denzions. There was one little begger that plagued me the whole time, buzzing around my face. Out of 40000 little stingers, I could hear her the whole time, a full octave higher in the buzz. When I puffed smoke on the top of the frames, the hive almost rattled, with a very peculiar buzz.
No stings, just a couple of helpers tired after the frame grab relay. Probably a good 60 kg of honey, fantastic!
I took care with where I put the smoker down, after reading of a fire in a honey house in Otago.
Once the honey, wax, and timber caught fire, it would have been a ferocious blaze, poor people.