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Beekeeping for Beginners: How To Raise Your First Bee Colonies Paperback – June 25, 2019
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LEARN HOW TO HARVEST HONEY (AND MORE) INSIDE THE BOOK!
Removing the Honey Frames
The first step in the honey harvest is to safely remove the frames from your hive.
- Smoke the hive as you do for inspections.
- Remove the top board and the inner cover.
- Inspect the frames to determine which ones have honey stores.
- Gently brush off as many bees as possible and place the honey frames in a bucket or tote. Be careful not to crush any bees!
- Close your hive again and take your frames to the extraction area you have set up.
Crush and Strain Method
With the crushing method, you take the whole comb and crush it to extract the honey, then strain it to remove all the wax.
Crush the comb to release the honey. You can use the back of a spoon, a potato masher, a spatula—pretty much any kitchen utensil.
Then strain the wax from the honey through a fine mesh strainer. You may have to do this a couple of times to remove all the wax and particles.
The downside to crush and strain, other than the amount of time it takes, is that you destroy the comb when harvesting honey. The bees will have to rebuild their comb when you return the frames to their hive. Many beekeepers prefer this, because they like to harvest the beeswax as well as the honey.
Honey Extraction Equipment
- Bee suit, gloves, and veil
- Smoker, lit and ready to use
- Bee brush
- Hive tool and uncapping tool
- Pail or pan of warm water for rinsing honey off everything
- Bucket, tote, or extraction machine
- Clean bottles or jars with lids to store the honey
“Finally – a beekeeping book that’s truly for beginners. Amber walks the reader through all the basics of beekeeping with patience, a sense of humor, and honesty - including information many books skip. Well done.”―Laurie Neverman, Common Sense Home
”A must-have resource for any beekeeper! We've had two hives for about four years and I still learned so much from this book. Before reading Amber's book I felt like I was winging everything we did with our colony. But now I feel confident to make the best decisions for our bees!”―Victoria Pruett, A Modern Homestead
"Amber passionately and beautifully expresses the necessity and how-tos of keeping bees. Her in-depth knowledge―from the legality of keeping bees, equipment necessary to the extracting of honey, and maintaining healthy hives―is evident throughout. Every chapter is filled with...instructions that will take you through the entire process of beekeeping."―Stacy Lyn Harris, TV Personality, Author of Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook, Blogger at stacylynharris.com, and lover of bees!
About the Author
AMBER BRADSHAW’s passion is teaching others how to become self-sufficient by making things from scratch that are eco-friendly. Besides being an expert beekeeper, Amber is a college instructor, author, public speaker and owner of an online Farmer’s Market. Learn more about Amber at myhomesteadlife.com.
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Paperback : 178 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641524863
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641524865
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.49 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (June 25, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book does have great advise for people that like honey bees, and honey, but never had any hives. The book was a great first book to get one to read more. What was written above was a point that if it was more detail oriented I would not need to read as many other books on the same subject.
IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, HAVING NEVER WORKED / OWNED ANY BEE HIVES: THIS BOOK IS A GREAT START!!!!
I WOULD BUY THIS BOOK AGAIN AND PLAN TO DO JUST THAT: GET A FEW FOR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND FAMILY TO HELP THEM IN SUPPORTING THE SAVING AND HELPING OF BEES AND THEIR BEE-COLONIES.
Absolutely great book!!!
This book is a fast read, and yet still highly informative. I've been learning about bees for a few years, and this book filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge. The glossary and simple definitions throughout the book help those not comfortable with bee lingo, the book is well organized, and she leaves page number references in the book if you are trying to find specific answers to questions, which is convenient and helpful.
Aside from being knowledgeable about bees, presenting the information in an easy to read format, this book is beautiful! Not important for the learning aspect, but I had a lot of fun just looking at the book design.
The knowledge I gained through reading this book helped me to be well prepared with additional question I had to my local beekeeper organization.
I am pretty sure there are other great books out there, but I won't need another due to what I learned from this book.
This is a must for beginners. Highly recommended!