One of the most interesting moments and our success with bees is to receive honey from the hive. To pick up good quality honey it was necessary to prepare winter bees in the previous season in such a way that spring collection of nectar and rejuvenation of workers’ staff goes correct way. Now around May, June we can enjoy and pick up the first honey.
Lucky people from the area rich in flowering apple trees can count on apple honey. It is very fragrant, delicate and not available in the trade, but the rest beekeepers as a first honey have coming from various flowering spring plants, a multi flowers honey.
To take large amounts of honey, the bees do not need much time. The most important determinants of their effectiveness are the composition of the bee family, the number of volatile workers and the number of larvae that consume significant quantities of nectar for their development. It is also important for the presence of non-volatile bees, which will process the brought honey nectar, which need to be inverted and water from it should be evaporated.
No less important is the presence of a large number of free cells of the combs. It is assumed that for 1 frame of matur honey should be available equal to three times more of free surface of wax comb. This is essential for workers to put honey droplets on their walls and evaporate water before transferring them to their destination. That is why it is necessary to take care of the presence of the nectar and honey storage area, and give empty frame to the hive for rebuilding cells.
Healthy well developing bee families reach biological maturity for multiplying around mid-May. Sometimes a little earlier. The peak of this capacity falls in June and the blossoming Robinia pseudoaccacia which is commonly known as acacia.
Taking honey from beehives it is easy to do and gives a lot of pleasure because it is also the result of our work and help to the bees previously. Just remember to leave food for bees otherwise they will starve and even can die. You can also feed them after with sugar sirup.
The best way it is to go collecting honey in a sunny day when many of the workers are outside the hive, and the plants flowering in the field.
The easiest way to do this is to remove the part of the hive with honey – usually in upper part of the hive using WindowBee® separators, placing it between parts of the hives. All bees will come through the separator to the queen leaving an empty part with honey which we can then take off. The manual for use of WindowBee® is included in each hive sold since July 2017.