Tuesday, 1 April 2014

EXTRACTED vs FULLY CAPPED raw honey frame weights review





Dear viewers,



Thank you for visiting. We did a little honey production/extraction experiment in this video and wanted to share it with you. It is suitable mostly for new hobby farm or city backyard beekeepers, but it may also be useful to the experienced and well seasoned beekeeping networks. 



Its all about yield when dealing with honey production, and selecting the most suitable frames and hive setup is very important. Many factors need to be considered: Your hive yard apiary location, your type of bees, your health and ability to carry the heavy honey supers, your capacity to extract and process large or small quantities of fresh honey and residual wax cappings, your extraction equipment, what product you are aiming to produce, and the list goes on. So, there is no "right" or "wrong" way do be a beekeeper and everyone has different views, needs and experience. The best you can hope for, is to implement the most optimal setup and environment for your circumstance and hope that remains constant for you as long as possible. But even then things will ultimately change as time goes by, as your hive numbers fluctuate, weather patterns change, and your circumstances change as a whole. So please, take all of our videos with a grain of salt, as nothing is set in stone. If you see a better way or have experience with similar situations, we encourage you to drop us a line in the comments below and share with the beekeeping community at large. This is fantastic hobby, and the bees need our assistance more than ever, so let's aim to get as many people involved as possible and assist them along the way. 



So, back to the video:

We took two raw honey frame types, 

1) the "ideal" which is a two thirds in size when compared to a full deep honey frames, and

2) the full deep frames of raw honey that most professional and or commercial beekeepers use. 

We had one extracted and not extracted of each, and weighed them on our very accurate postage digital scales. Interesting outcomes. Plenty to discuss and debate in the comments below, so we invite anyone to add their experience, feedback or elaborate on this topic. It would be interesting to see what other beekeepers think and what their experience is with both frame styles and their honey harvests from each. 



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Have a fantastic day

Mahakobees

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