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First Flow Hive Extraction Cycle How to remove honey without filtering frame by frame

October 7, 2019


music then this is it it’s time to see how the flowframes work what we are seeing are the flow frames this is an example of frames not ready for extraction no caps workers are drawing out wax absolutely not ready to drain on the right there are caps on the left uncovered still this is my apiary in the backyard the one with the back access removed is for this video viewed from the side panel of other flow frame boxes these bees are just beginning to prepare the flow frame cells these are seven frame flow supers this matches 10 frame langstroth boxes they fill frames from the center out and top down it’s a good concept to have the viewing panels on the side showing the end frame that end frame will be the last to be filled and capped this is a close up of the cell design and shows how the bees finish them off this frame is more advanced you can see that some cells are capped and edges are drawn out by the bees the nectar is appearing very viscous and will be ready soon not ready yet some people may want to know if I primed the frames with bees wax.. I did nothing to these frames they are s they come from Australia you can see capped cells here capped honey is concave brood or baby bee cells are cinnamon colored and convex the boxed below this frame are traditional and the bees do build comb there as with any other hive some have asked if honey drips down inside these frames before extracting no, honey does not drip down before extracting/draining you can see these cells are capped and ready all joints are also sealed this is the front of the hive body this is normal activity for bees on the landing board note the posture of worker bees those with heads down are ventilating the hive and drying honey those with front end raised and mouths open are guard bees, they defend the hive and it’s honey these are the guard bees that come out and chase you off if a bee bumps into your head, they are sending a message that you should go out the way you came in if you don’t leave, you may then be stung not every bee becomes a guard if that were true, there would be 1,700 guards at once this guard will attack anything that doesn’t belong to this colony I am not putting text on this video as others have complained that my text blocks their view of the bees my hives generally are tilted forward to keep rain and snow out of the hive because we are using flow frames, we have to tilt the hive body back from 2 to 5 degrees this will allow the flowframes to drain better level it also side to side these are my 2 x 4 shims I was looking for a method to provide a shelf for the honey jars here I have table saw stands I put a wooden shelf with wood stops on the ends it’s important to get this shelf level I did not open the hive and inspect the frames I simply looked at the wax caps on the frame ends they cap the ends last, so this is a good indicator of all the frame having been capped. pulling the base plug you can see there is not honey dripping inside yet put the tube in correctly with the bottom tongue going into the hive this closes the drip opening no tools needed, it’s 82 deg f, so the was is soft I use double handles I followed the practice of opening it in portions at a time, but could have opened them all at once do this on a hot day it’s 2 pm and it’s in the sun and temps in the 80’s here comes the honey I dont’ have to wear a bee suit, don’t need a smoker I would hate wearing a bee suit on a hot day like this I do have a hat with a veil on it just incase a defensive guard bee comes after me as it turned out, I did not need any protective clothing this is real time, not a time lapse sequence these jars fill quickly went really smooth in this bee yard I have seven colonies this is a very active time of day and no bees came to the back of the hive I was very surprised by that as I didn’t believe the demonstrations I had seen on YouTube It’s true, they don’t come to the back these are quart sized mason jars we staged 9 quart jars in the end we filled 9.5 quart jars my normal process open a super pull out every capped frame shake of the bees take into the honey work bench uncap the frames and let the caps/was fall into an uncapping tank then put the frames into the spinner spin out the honey filter and strain the honey which collects more parts and then collect it all in one vat all of that is eliminated with this flow extraction process no smoker no bees uit it’s working the way they said it would bees immediately know that the honey is gone they go straight into removing the cap wax and re-filling and cleaning the cells so the bees are not fooled by this method do they re-use cap wax? no the workers tear off the caps, drop them and the field workers fly out with the cap wax and dump it outside you can’t put more than three quart sized jars at a time there isn’t room some put the honey in one large bucket HUGE MISTAKE each frame has different honey and you can have special different honey in each jar if you dump it all in one, you would never know that each frame may have honey from different floral sources such as clover or goldenrod you can taste and smell the difference this yellow jacket was the only bug that flew into my honey Look at the differences in the honey jar by jar clover is in the center with traditional extraction processes, all of this would be put together and we would never see the differences left golden rod, center clover, right golden rod and buckwheat mixed this is important dripping honey and high humidity inside the hive has driven the workers outside there is a lot of honey in this hive aside from that which is in the flowhive box honey dripped inside and we extracted seven frames at one time honey dripping inside can suffocate the bees, so they must go outside the hive is tilted back so the bees can get the drips from inside on the solid base/landing board think about weather if it is going to be cold your bees may be in jeopardy of freezing to death these bees are full of honey and can’t fly for now why is this a potential problem? they will be outside for many hours if the temperatures at night can go too low your exterior honey bees may die plan to extract only when you will have mild survivable temperatures here out forecast was promising temps in the 50’s at night bees can survive that. Brood may get chilled if the heater bees are also outside these are the tubes with honey on them I let the bees clean them up expect to see your bees congregating

on the front of your hive. This is a honey feast, they are fat and friendly right now well fed bees are not generally defensive I’m up at 3:15 am and it’s time to go outside and see how the bees are doing crickets and night insects making sounds full moon all is quiet thousands of bees on the front of the hive we extracted from they are ventilating the hive very well it sounds like a fan is running there are lots of workers inside doing cleanup store keeper bees may move honey around inside and organize the honey stores all of my colonies/hives have upper vents they will work their way back inside the hive
but were out all night without the flow frame honey, these bees already have stored enough honey for winter Do not take off all of your bees stored resources if you do not leave enough honey you must feed your bees feeding bees is not as good as the honey they make for themselves I don’t want my bees to “survive” I want them to “Thrive” so I don’t take all of their honey you can see the bees have already uncapped all of the drained cells bees don’t sleep they work 24/7 they are already re-filling the cells interesting I cannot stress enough that you should not extract during cold weather if you missed your chance with warm weather, don’t do it! look at these colors, flavors and scents…. straight from the flow-frames and into jars total of 34.43 pounds of honey is it ready? what is the water content? this is a refractometer designed specifically to show the water content I will be testing from the outer most frames as they would have the most amount of unfinished cells some were not capped this is calibrated we want honey that is less than 18% water over 20% and it will ferment here it shows that it’s at 17.5% water so the worst quality honey I took off is just fine for storage and will not ferment always test your honey there is a knife test where honey runs down the blade and if it’s good, it won’t drip until it reaches the end, but I prefer this testing method I identified the end frame honey with brown lids on the jars weight the jars and take off the weight of empty jars with lids to know the amount of honey you would have how much can you earn? we sell one quart for $20.00 so you would have earned $190.00 from the sale of this honey this flow super is not their only resource, keep in mind that your bees need honey the bees are already working the wax and filling cells less than 24 hours later we don’t use Queen excluders we have had no eggs placed in the flow frames if they do, I will share that in future videos here you can see some honey in the bottom of the frames the bees sealed these two frames too well nothing leaked down in these frames, they drained the way they should have bees clean up all of the dripped honey here is a yellow jacket, always present I hope you liked this video I hope I answered your questions enjoy your bees they fly up to 3 miles in every direction know your honey bee keeping neighbors also happy bee keeping!!! music plays

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