This is our second year bee keeping. Last year we set up our hives in early spring and let the bees keep all the honey that they produced. We hoped that this extra boost of honey would help them become a strong hive. It seemed to have worked! We also supplemented their honey stores with sugar water in the beginning and a homemade bee candy that we put out for them in the later part of this past spring. (You can read more about our bee candy recipe in my Grit Post, Feeding The Bees.) This extra food supply after winter but before the flowers bloomed, was a nice source of energy for the bees that got them through that last hard stretch.
This increase in bee sitings and activity prompted us to check the hives and we were pleasantly surprised!
We choose a cooler day, got our bee equipment together and headed out on the walking paths that I mow regularly through the tall grasses back to the hive.
This is what we were left with! 3 1/4 quarts! or 13 cups.
I melted the honey and wax in a pot and poured it into the bread pan. As it cooled, the wax solidified on the surface and the honey stayed below. We can now use this wax to seal and protect Zach's blacksmith items or to make candles and homemade beauty products like deodorant and lotions.
After seeing how much honey we got from just 4 frames, I'm tempted to leave the rest for the bees as our first goal right now is to establish a healthy hive so they can produce for us years to come.