How to HARVEST HONEY and WINTERIZE BEE HIVE! Documentary

This could be the most informative video on the internet about EXTRACTING HONEY from a BEE HIVE. We walk you through every step of the process like how much honey should you leave for the bees for winter, what frames look like that you should leave behind, we even caught a bee being hatched right on video…. This video is a must watch for any person wanting to get into beekeeping. PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO…Thank you

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35 comments

  • Arden Peters

    man everytime Dr Leo is on i learn SO MUCH and get freaked at how much i STILL don’t know!!! i really appreciate how willing Dr. Leo is to teach

  • OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY

    Check out horizontalhive.com and if you hit the class next week use coupon code OFFGRID to save at registration! Hope yall enjoyed the information 👍

    • Elsie Sp

      I enjoy everything you an stacy’s give us out here .I’m thankful for both of y’all.Love y’all

    • McCardie Clan

      Thanks for the suggestion Doug. I hope to attend one of Dr Leo’s classes in the future. He is such a thorough and knowledgable teacher.

    • Micheal Draconis

      Thank you for explaining why you remove the extra frames I was wondering why you did not just leave them inside the hive on the other side of the divider board

    • Larry Adams

      Awesome So Much Good Information , Have to sit down and take notes , very well Done ,
      Any Advice for Bee Keeping in Eastern KY Hills ? Wanting to start soon !

    • Angela Duncan

      @Larry Adams You should definitely go take his 2-day class. It is worth double what he charges for the class. He gives and gives and gives his knowledge. And, we have zero bees yet. We learned everything that we need to do before spring to be ready. Everyone is so nice, and community is very evident. His daughters cooked wonderful goodies, so you can have snacks. I promise that you will be so glad if you go.

  • Kay Autrey

    Dr. Leo and Doug, Many, many thanks for your latest video. I hope other viewers will take advantage of the Oct 24-25 workshop to learn the vast quantities of knowledge and wisdom you share. My takeaways from that workshop are:
    1. Investigating what I can plant locally that will feed the bees in my area. In your Oct 3-4 workshop, there was a handout in the folder which is a great resource: “Not by Clover Alone” by Dr. Leo Sharashkin (published in Acres The Voice of-Agriculture, April 2015). In it, two other sources for information on American nectar plants are listed: USDA Agriculture Handbook 335 Beekeeping in the United States (pp. 16-23) and American Honey Plants by Frank Pellett. Happily, both can be downloaded for free from horizontalhive.com —> https://horizontalhive.com/nectar-honey-pollen-plants/plants-honey-bees-pollinators.shtml 2. Asking my family for a swarm trap for my birthday to put up next year since I live in a residential suburban community and cannot keep bees easily).
    3. Enjoying the delicious baklava I just made from the recipe give to me by Dr. Leo’s daughter at the Oct 3-4 workshop. Oh yes – homemade goodies are available at every break during the two day workshop.
    It doesn’t get much better than this, folks.

  • D May

    What was the name of the box that you put your frames into to carry in to harvest? Didn’t see a link anywhere.

  • Cassie Davis

    Checked out horizontal hive. Before you know it, you could spend thousands of dollars getting established. If you are interested in beehives for only the honey, it would be cheaper to buy Dr. Leo’s honey for $60 a pound.

    • Jed Routh

      I’ve used the plans – and found some scrap plywood – It’s cost me about $80 to build 6 swarm traps and 3 hives. You don’t have to buy the extractor. I think for a couple hundred bucks you could get a good start. A tip if you’re building by his plans – they are specifically done for the width of plywood he specs. If you use a different width, you’ll have to make some adjustments.

    • Cassie Davis

      @Jed Routh Self made sounds more affordable. Since my comment, I found a local farmer who has beehives and the honey is beautiful and soooo good. Still, I would still like to try Dr. Leo’s honey one day.

  • The Hive and the Honey Bee

    At 10:12 he’s talking about the room for the bees to move up in winter and that’s why the frames are deeper. But the bees are already within a few inches of the top? This I find confusing and misleading as the lower cells are empty. When will they be moving down since this is already mid-October? Those SHB give me ptsd since they will have their way with the honey in winter when those bees cluster up won’t they? i will anxiously await the spring inspection on this hive and I could be wrong but I don’t think it’s going to be good. lots of anxiety watching this. Dr Samual Ramsey is the varroa master and says we should treat infested hives. Why don’t these Dr’s agree with each other? i don’t know who to follow anymore. And I DO appreciate this video! it just leaves me with so many unanswered questions. thank you. Doug seems to forget queen cages in hives and he probably took that missing frame 😉

    • The Hive and the Honey Bee

      @Renee Brown Do you believe in death by parasites or in treating? I’m leaning towards Dr Ramsey on that one.

    • Renee Brown

      @The Hive and the Honey Bee I’m fence sitting on that one. I believe more in natural remedies but I’m open to listening to all. All i really care about is keeping my hive alive and healthy no matter how it has to be done

    • The Hive and the Honey Bee

      @Renee Brown I watch another youtuber that used to be treatment free and he changed his mind after so many losses. I’m in the treat if needed line of thought. since we manage them, we are responsible for that happens to them. What do you think?

    • Renee Brown

      @The Hive and the Honey Bee I’m with you there. I don’t want to drench my colony with chemicals if i don’t have to but i do want to keep them happy and healthy so i will use chemicals if i see a higher than normal amount of varroa. With hive beetles I’ve found that chemicals aren’t what is most useful. I use swiffer cloths and hive beetle traps( cd case style) in the bottom corners of my colony. I have a long langstroth hive so mine i do differently than most beekeepers because nothing of mine stacks. But i slide my traps over as my colony grows. Other than that i will put mite away strips in only if they are needed

    • jay90374

      Well they said it was 80 deg out that day so why would you think they would be clumped up? And each to there own but if they need chemical treatments then they need to be culled for a more resistant hive! IMHO

  • Craig Thorne

    Dr. Leo, does have a kind of Ozark twang. 🙂

  • Rita Moore

    I love Dr. Leo. I am thinking of putting a swarm box in a tree on my city property. Thanks. I feel I have received a complete bee education. Love from Ottawa Canada.

  • Renee Brown

    I extract my honey in my dining room. My brother also has a dehumidifier in the same dining room. So if i have what i deem is too high of water content I just set my honey bucket in front of the dehumidifier to draw out the water. Works like a charm. Also i immediately after spinning my honey i put my empty frames back into my hive for them to clean them up. That way they are clean and ready to be put up.

  • Renee Brown

    I made a deal with my neighbors. I will give them honey if they don’t spray poison to kill or harm my bees. So far we all stay happy. All but my bees. My 1st year the hive beetles killed my dreams of much honey. The 2nd year my hive stayed perpetually queenless( i had the original queen from my nuc and bought 2 more trying to save my colony) and died out in late spring. I did manage to pull a few honey frames before they were robbed out and taken over by wax moths. Hopefully 3rd time is a charm.

  • Renee Brown

    I saved 4 frames of honey in my freezer to give to my nucs when i get them in the spring. I’m hoping if i don’t have to feed them sugar water to get them started that i will have a colony that will make it to winter and hopefully thru winter

  • Andrea Mallard

    I grew up watching my Grandpa & Daddy doing beekeeping & I absolutely LOVE LOVE HOME HARVESTING 🍯. I LOVE YOU BOTH SO VERY MUCH. THANK YOU for all you do to inspire.

  • Kathleen Perdue

    I love hearing Dr Leo explain everything, I always learn something new. Thanks Doug 😍

  • John Oliver

    Those hive beetles walking undeterred every where just don’t seem right.

  • John Oliver

    Gee Doug I feel bad my wife says there is no hair on my back.

  • Sylvia Foust

    Hope to start bee keeping next year. Need all the help I can get. Ready to look with you and see what’s going on!

  • Joe Oakes

    Have you considered supplementing your hives immune systems with Paul Stamets fungal extracts?

  • Thomas Martin

    Fantastic video. I’m finishing my first summer as a beek. I have one Lang and one Long Lang. I used Dr Leo’s plans to build his insulated Layens hive and I will fill that in the spring with my first swarm or split. This video contains a ton of great information!!!
    THANKS!

  • Debbie S

    How come it still looked like there was still clumps of honey on some of the frames?

  • Brandie P

    My family has subscribed finally. Enjoying watching the beekeeping throughout the process.

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