Second street honey came from the most recent hive removal that was done on second street just off the beach on the Mississippi coast. Since the removal took two days I’d say the bees ate into their stores a little bit as we were working plus we dripped a lot of honey on the ground and in the space in the ceiling and walls. After crushing all the comb and straining all the honey I ended up with two gallons and almost another quart. I’d guess the hive may have had 2.5 gallons in it before we disturbed it. Crush and strain is one of two or three ways to extract this honey. It is typically the easiest and stands to do the least damage to the honey since other methods involve heat.
If you ever to a cut out and get comb honey from it I can’t stress how important it is to do something with your honey immediately. As you work it is very difficult to insure that you have every last small hive beetle out of the combs before closing it up in a bucket or whatever you’re packing it in. Beetles left in with your new treasure will very quickly start laying eggs. Small hive beetle eggs hatch in two to three days and turn in to maggot looking larvae. They make the honey slimy and runny and even the bees don’t really want it then so don’t procrastinate or you’ll spoil your honey. If you don’t have time to process it right away then you need to put it in a freezer.
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