Good morning everyone. I haven’t been on lately since I have been in fear of opening up my hive, since taking the sting that sent me to urgent care. I continue to feed them as we live in the hot desert and there isn’t many flowers here in the summer though. Well today I took the plunge and have decided to purchase the extractor, the bucket, and the filters. As soon as they all arrive I am going to get the courage to go out there and go in the hive to extract the honey.
Are there any last words of advice before my bees try to kill me again? I think I am picking up the extractor ( Harvest Lane Honey 2 Frame Metal Extractor) today from Tractor Supply, but the rest of the stuff I have to wait on shipping, which actually gives me time to mentally prepare for this feat.
What is the best things to use in the smoker when I open them. I have a had a hard time keeping that lit when I went on the bee removal a few months ago they absconded to the original hive I had out in the yard. I believe it was my rookie mistake and I probable killed the queen in transport. Those bees seemed to be docile though as opposed to the ones the I witnessed coming to kill me when I last opened the hive. LOL.