2013 Honey Extraction in Oroville, CA

Here is a video I put together a few months ago from a honey extraction. As you can see from the footage, I did not have the best set-up but still was able to extract with the tools available.

Written By: Rob Snyder

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I currently work out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension in Oroville, CA as a Crop Protection Agent. I received my B.S. in biology from Delaware Valley College, PA. There I attained a majority of my entomological knowledge from Dr. Chris Tipping and Dr. Robert Berthold. After graduation, I was an apiary inspector for 2 years at the Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania. In my third year there, I still inspected some colonies but I mainly focused on The Pennsylvania Native Bee Survey (PANBS) where I pinned, labeled, entered data and identified native bees to genus species. Leo Donavall assisted me in learning the basics on positive Identifications of the native bees. Around the same time I began working on coordinating kit construction and distribution for the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. I was also fortunate to conduct many of these surveys with fellow co-worker Mike Andree and Nathan Rice of USDA/ARS throughout California. All of these experiences have led me to where I am today, working to assist beekeepers in maintaining genetic diverse colonies resistant to parasites while reducing the use of chemical treatments in colonies. The BIP Diagnostic Lab at the University of MD is in an integral part of this process by generating reports in which we can track change and report to beekeepers vital information in a timely manner which may influence their treatment decisions.

  • suzanne

    wow, I can’t believe the bees didn’t sting you when you were using the blower on them.I usually have an empty super near by and gently brush the bees off of each frame, then put the frame in the empty super and put a towel over the super to keep the bees from going back onto the honey.

    • suzanne

      you can also put a clean pantyhose over the end of the gate on the bucket to catch any wax particles and bee body parts that might be in the honey.

  • Steve P

    A leave blower? What is wrong with a kinder method of using bee quick or some other pleasant smelling substance on a fume board or a towel to have the bees evacuate the honey supers.

    I rarely brush bees off as it will irritate them.

    I save the use of Bee Go (the nasty smelling acid) for people I do not care for.