How Can I Extract Honey From a Wild Beehive?

Save

Humans have been extracting honey and beeswax from wild beehives for hundreds of years. Wild honeybees build hives and harvest honey in hollow trees, old logs, rock caves, or between walls in houses or barns. Accessing the wax honeycombs require destroying the wild hive, leaving 30,000 to 50,000 homeless honeybees, so consider contacting a local beekeeping association, and ask about relocating the colony before extracting the honey. Otherwise, prepare for angry bees by wearing long gloves and protective clothing to reduce bee stings.

  • Locate the bees entrance holes.

  • Build a small, smoky brush fire near the entrance and fan the smoke toward the opening for a minute or two. The smoke calms the bees.

  • Break open the hive to create an opening big enough to put your hand in the hive. You may need to use a saw or crow bar. Remove the comb by breaking it. Depending on the hive, you may be able to create an opening big enough to use a knife to cut the wax comb.

  • Cut the dark pieces from the comb; these are brood cells, not honey. The brood cells are usually at the bottom of the comb.

  • Break up the honeycomb into a strainer, over a pan.

  • Mash, press, and crush the comb to extract the honey through the strainer.

  • Pour the honey into containers for storage.

References

  • Photo Credit bee bees apises beehive hive insect image by Pali A from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Build and Grow a Salad Garden On Your Balcony

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!