« Last post by dalewills on February 11, 2016, 10:01:32 PM »
Am hoping to get some advice on an appropriate method for my first extraction. I have hive that consists of 2x8 frame deep brood boxes and 1x8 frame ideal honey super. I added the ideal about 2 weeks ago after discovering that the bees had had a very productive few weeks and it became apparent that they would need more room. So in a couple of weeks time I'm banking on extracting 8 ideal frames of honey. How should I go about this? I am a member of a local beekeeping club who hire out an extractor but I question whether its worth going to this extent for such a small amount. There is the crush and strain method or the comb honey option but this will push back my next extraction as the bees will then have to draw out new comb. I'm sure lots of you have been in a similar situation when you first started out and am willing to offer me some suggestions and advice.
« Last post by Acebird on February 11, 2016, 08:37:45 PM »
I have always felt that foraging bees have no interest in stinging you. When I look at commercial set ups I see them fairly close so my guess is the only bees you have to look out for are the ones your are tearing their house apart. I could be wrong though.
« Last post by rookie2531 on February 11, 2016, 06:08:06 PM »
Just as Dallas says, face the entrances outward and use the walkway in between the rows as your, out of their path work area. If you want to drive a gator or something, make the isle wide enough for that. Or even a truck.