Homesteading and Livestock

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Harvesting from an experimental hive

3/27/2011 5:05:58 PM

Tags: experimental beehive, harvest, honey, video, Jeremy Marr

I made a few experimental beehives last year. They are frameless hives, so the bees can make their comb in a natural way. The hives are basically just empty boxes with a couple of thin wooden supports to help support the comb. I can do this because Michigan repealed the laws requiring beehives to have frames. In most states this is illegal.

One of the hives failed in a cold snap this February. Last weekend we harvested the honey. We ended up with 2 ½ gallons from one failed colony.

Watch the video to see what the inside of a natural beehive looks like.



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