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I have waited  over a year to get honey from my bee keeping hobby.    We installed 3 hives in 2011 but none produced honey.  In fact, we lost 2 of the hives before the end of summer 2011.

The one that survived has been very strong this year.   They started building early and the brood boxes were busting at the seams.    So about 6 weeks ago we started adding extra supers so that we could rob the hive of honey.    I was a little concerned about 2 weeks ago when I check the hive as there was no brood…..so what happened and were was my queen bee?

As I was checking the last frame I found a young queen.   Apparently  my hive had swarmed and this new queen needed a little time to start laying eggs.      I decided at that time that I needed to leave the supers on the hive a little longer.

I went back today to check the hive and found 2 boxes completely built out with honey.    There were 2 other boxes partly built.    We took the 2 full boxes and started the process of extracting the honey.    Here are pictures of a frame fully capped…..

Capped frame full of honey

We invested in a honey extractor so I was excited to try it out.    We brought the 2 supers weighing about 50lbs each  into the garage where we began the process of  preparing the frames for extracting the honey.

We first had to remove the capping from the comb to expose the honey.    Then we put the frames in the extractor for spinning……check it out.

Capping the frames

frames in extractor

Spinning frames to remove the honey

Now we let it settle for a few day and then bottle it up!!   If you are local to the Crowders Mountain area of Gaston County we will be selling some of this local gold……  Raw Honey that is!!

Look for or ask for StoneWright Farms Crowders Mountain “Raw” honey.