We like to get the honey from the hive to the bottle with the least amount of handling. Plus it is our honey; we do not buy from others and other countries and blend them altogether or add anything to it. So you get the honey that suppose to bee!

Why does your honey taste better than store bought honey?

You can eat the whole thing. It is like the bees packed it. The wax is good for you it is like roughage for your system. People that do not like the wax; can spread it on toast so they do not taste it. Down south it is referred to as Sweet Gum.

How do you eat comb honey?

Honeybee made a 1/12 th of a teaspoon in its entire life time.

How much honey does a bee make?

Honey is nectar from the flowers. Bees drink nectar from the flowers and pass it on to 3-4 bees before putting it into the cells, it is the enzymes in the bees mouth that change nectar into honey. Man tried to duplicate that process and could not.

What is honey?

Store it in your cabinet. Honey stored in the refrigerator will start to granulate faster because of the temperature.

Where do I store my honey?

Bees will search for and collect only high quality pollen (or pollen filled with only the best sources of amino acids) to take back to the hive. Bees mix honey and or nectar with the pollen and pack it down into cells. This is known as bee bread and is fed to the queen and baby bees.

Why do bees collect pollen?

Beeswax is a material that is secreted by certain glands of the worker beesí abdomen. Wax is secreted after the bee consumes relatively large amounts of honey or nectar. 8 pounds of honey is said to be consumed to make one pound of wax. Wax glands are at their height of production in beesí 12-18 days old.

Where do bees get their wax from?

Bees need wax for comb building. The comb is necessary for rearing brood (baby bees), storing honey and pollen.

Why do bees need wax?

A strong hive will have approximately 50,000 - 60,000 bees. Including one queen, 1,000's of drones and 10,000 are worker bees.

How many bees are in a hive?

We never strip our hives of all honey. We leave honey on the beehives so they will have food for cooler months.

Do you feed your bees sugar water?

Honey is a non-oily moisturizer due to its hygroscopic properties. This means that honey draws moisture from the air creating greater moisture content on the surface of the skin. Moisturizing is achieved without the use of oils or fats, as is the case with commercial moisturizing products.

How is honey a natural moisturizer?

Beeswax is used in cosmetics, creams, ointments , lip products, and candles especially church candles, which require the purest sources of light for religious ceremonies). Pharmaceuticals such as salves and ointments. In the dental trade, as a component of impression wax. Polishes for floors, shoes, leather, furniture, etc... Beeswax waterproofs and preserves.

How do we use beeswax?

In a major honey flow a worker bee lives up to 6 weeks. They will actually wear their wings out and work themselves to death in their search for pollen and nectar. During the winter months the worker bee can live from 3-6 months. The queen beesí lifespan is 1 year up to 2 years.

What is the average life span of a honeybee?

Honey is stored by bees in supers above the brood chamber. The brood chamber is the place where brood or baby bees are raised and where the queen bee is kept by means of a queen excluder (wire grid), which only the worker bees fit through because the queen is too large. Brood cannot be raised above the queen excluder and thus only honey is stored in the supers. The beekeeper adds supers throughout the honey flow and pulls these supers of honey when the flow has ended. The supers are lifted off the hive and taken to the honey house. The wax cappings are cut off both sides of a frame when ran through the uncapping machine. The uncapped frames are then loaded into an extractor where the centrifugal force spins all of the honey out of the comb. The honey is then pumped into 55-gallon drums and sealed.

How do you get the honey from the beehive?

Yes. They get stung the most because we do not wear a bee suit. It gets hot and you canít see very well in those suites. Itís part of the occupation. Cooks burn their finger, when they cook. We get stung sometimes when we work with bees.

Do beekeepers ever get stung ?

No bees never sleep. They only rest. Most bees will remain motionless especially at night reserving energy for the next day.

Do bees ever sleep?

Honeybees eat what they gather. They eat pollen and nectar gathered from flowers. Pollen provides an excellent source of protein for the bees. Honeybees mix their honey and stored pollen together to feed the queen and baby bees or brood. This mixture is known as beebread.

What do bees eat?

Honeybees communicate to inform the other forager bees of the nectar or pollen sources. This communication is achieved by a bee dance.

Can bees communicate with each other?

Queen Bee

Worker getting nectar & pollen

Putting nectar inside cells

 Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

 One healthy hive contains approximately 40-45 thousand bees

 During the honey production period, a beeís life span is only 6 weeks.

 A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey as far as 6 miles per round trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

 Bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour.

 Bees from the same hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day-one bee usually visits between fifty and a thousand flowers per day, but sometimes up to several thousand.

 Queens will lay approximately 2,000 eggs per day at a rate of 5 or 6 per minute-between† 175,000 and 200,000 eggs are laid per year.

 The average temperature of a hive is 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

 Approximately 8 pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax.

 In the course of her lifetime, a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

 In a singe collecting trip, a worker bee will return to the hive carrying over half her weight in pollen and nectar.

 One honeycomb cell in a hive contains approx. .01 oz. Of honey when full, One honeybee can only fill about 15 cells in her short life.

Honeybees are covered with tiny hairs all over their body, even their eyes. Pollen sticks to these hairs as the bee crawls around on a bloom. The pollen particles are moistened with nectar and are then brushed down to baskets on the hind legs. The bee will collect its weight in pollen.

How do bees collect pollen?

We know that bees have been producing honey as they do today for at least 150 million years. Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them. European honey bees, genus Apis Mellifera, produce such an abundance of honey, far more than the hive can eat, that humans can harvest the excess. For this reason, European honey bees can be found in beekeeper's hives around the world!

Why do bees make honey?

Honey bees are social insects, with a marked division of labor between the various types of bees in the colony. A colony of honey bees includes a queen, drones and workers.

The Colony

The Queen

The queen is the only sexually developed female in the hive. She is the largest bee in the colony. A two-day-old larva is selected by the workers to be reared as the queen. She will emerge from her cell 11 days later to mate in flight with approximately 18 drone (male) bees. During this mating, she receives several million sperm cells, which last her entire life span of nearly two years. The queen starts to lay eggs about 10 days after mating. A productive queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a single day.

The Drones

Drones are stout male bees that have no stingers. Drones do not collect food or pollen from flowers. Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen. If the colony is short on food, drones are often kicked out of the hive.

The Workers

Workers, the smallest bees in the colony, are sexually undeveloped females. A colony can have 50,000 to 60,000 workers. The life span of a worker bee varies according to the time of year. Her life expectancy is approximately 28 to 35 days. Workers that are reared in September and October, however, can live through the winter.

Yellow Jackets, Hornets, and Wasps

Paper Wasps were given this name because they really do make paper! They chew up wood or other plant matter. Then they mix it with saliva to make the paper. They use the paper to build their nest. The nest hangs from a sturdy stem under a roof or in some other protected place.

No! Honey will never go bad. It will granulate, but put open container in warm water (not boiling) and it will reliquify.

Honeybees collect the sweet nectar from various floral sources with their straw like tongue or proboscis. The nectar mixes with enzymes in their honey stomach and is then transported back to the beehive and put in cells. The bees fill the cells full of the liquid nectar drawing the moisture out and thickening the nectar to make honey.

How do bees make honey?

Does honey ever spoil?

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