Even if our Buckfast bees do not protest heavily during the honey harvest, they must be removed from the comb. For this purpose we use a brush with plastic bristles and a bright yellow handle.
The brush can be easily spotted when incidentally dropped into high weeds and can also be kept hygienically clean.
As shown on the pictures most of the bees can be already brushed off while the frame is still inside the box. The brush is held vertically with the bristles in a right angle to the comb.
Bigger amounts of bees can be removed by holding the frame at one corner and hitting the back of the hand with the palm of the other hand. Make sure the lower corner of the frame is positioned inside the box!
No need to worry about the clockwork smoker.
When properly filled and lit it will work for hours.
The last bees are brushed off, the last frame transferred to the transport box.
Honey extraction can be started!
Correct use of Bee Brush
Short wide American type Hive Tool
The bees can be brushed off while the frame is still inside the box.
The brush is held vertically with the bristles in a right angle to the comb.
Frame from side not yet capped, honey ripe!
Shake bees down by hitting hand holding frame
Thump-! Single hit of hand is enough.
Only a few bees are left...
Clean, dry brush and slow steady strokes please!
Honey ripe and not capped: Don’t wait - extract!