Don starts the smoker, the first step any time he touches the bee hive is to distract the bees with smoke.
While they rushed to save honey from what they thought was a burning hive, we robbed them of two or three supers worth of honey.
The kids watched...
The lid came off, and the bee separator worked well. There were few bees left in the supers above it.
Don brushed off the few that were there.
We had a portable honey house set up with this screened tent, so the bees wouldn't bother us as we extracted the honey. As soon as the effect of the smoke was gone, we could see them from inside trying to poke through the screen.
Once inside the honey house, it was time to get the frames ready for extraction. Don scraped the wax off the honey cells, opening them and exposing the honey.
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