above-This is after we have removed the boxes of honey from the hives.
Below- Picture of the worker bees whom are all females processing the honey. The white area on the left side of the picture is capped honey. The caps are wax lids that the bees place on top of the cell to protect the honey. Just like a lid on a jar. When we extract the honey we use a warm knife and cut the caps off. The caps are then cleaned and melted down before using the wax to make lip balms and lotions.
Picture Below: Shows workers and some mature brood (baby bees) who should soon hatch. The Big tall cell is a Drone (male bee). There is also a worker in the bottom right who has some beautiful orange pollen on her legs.
Below: Frame of Capped Honey
We use a warm knife to cut the caps off. Then the honey drains from the wax in this pan. The honey collected from this will then be strained twice. The wax caps will then be cleaned, strained and melted to be used in body butters and soaps.
I typically use a solar wax melter to clean the wax.
Once the frames are opened they go into our extractor. This is hand cranked model that holds nine frames. The honey will spin out and slide down to the bottom where we open a honey gate and strain into a bucket. (Below is picture of inside of the extractor where the honey collects)
The honey gate is open and honey is being strained. >>>>
Then we bottle the honey from the bucket!