OUR HASTINGS HIVES
The Bees & their honey
We love our bees and purposely collect only small amounts of honey, ensuring the bees have enough supplies to maintain colony health. The honey we take is as pure as can be; the colonies aren’t fed sugar to get bigger harvests. This delicious honey is also not heat treated which means that the pollen remains and the honey keeps its amazing medicinal qualities. Fortunately for our bees there is no agricultural crop farming in a 3-mile radius from where the bees forage, keeping the honey as pure as possible for our potions!
The beehive behind me is known as a golden hive. It is similar to a top bar hive but more suited to our climate as it has a double wall of insulation and a ventilated wood shaving box. We have legs on it now! The bees make natural comb in this hive . We only take a very tiny amount of honey (one or two frames) in February once the winter bees start dying and the queen bee starts laying again.
This is known as super frame, where bees store honey. It is from a conventional hive using the stacked box method which is used for honey production. I don't commercial beekeepers puts the bees interests at the heart of the hive. To often its about how much honey can we get this year from the bees. A super frame is different from a brood frame where the queen lays her eggs. In the box method this is good as you don't want to be taking honey frames out and find you are also collecting unborn bees. We do not harvest any of our bee products on for mass production. I always remind myself and tell the children I teach when they taste raw honey that has not been processed with sugar and that it took 12 bees to make just one teaspoon of this precious golden liquid.
This is a deep brood frame from the brood box. I like to give my girls as much room as possible There are no eggs in this frame and the bees are just building their own wax out onto the frame and storing honey here too.