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3rd swarm of bees

I was out hunting cherries in the garden when I came across another swarm of bees in our back cherry tree:

 

It was completely wrapped around the trunk.  I could hear they were quiet angry too.   Our neighbour came over with a smoker and brushed them into a hive for us:

We got the queen and could see the rest of the bees marching in!

 

So we now have 3 hives!  We just need to move them where we want them (where is that exactly?) a meter every night while they sleep.

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Honey Extracting

My classmate Jenny invited me to come see some honey being extracted from comb.   We visited Anna's house and she'd already prepared the comb by taking it from the hive, placing the combs in plastic tubs which Bees hate, so you can just release bees as they try to escape.  First up the floor was covered in card board boxes to prevent a sticky mess. With a hot special knife the comb was capped, openiing up each hexagon for honey extraction.

Next the frames were put in the extractor which was manually turned to have the honey come out.  It's ok to leave some honey on the wax because bees will clean it off for you later.

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