Adding a honey super to your native bee hive
The sugarbag honey from native bees is divine and often described as liquid gold. After you have had your hive for 12 months the hive should be full of bees, honey pollen and brood. Typically the hive should weigh 7 kg.
Below I have described the HOW TO of adding a honey super to your hive so you can enjoy a drizzle of honey on your vanilla ice cream!!.
This is what your Sydney stingless bee hive looks like. Remove the strapping from the hive using a drill remove the 4 screws on the top of the hive.
Then remove the four screws in the corners of the hive.
Using a hive tool pry of the lid to expose the hole in the top of the hive.
Top of the hive.
Using strapping tape secure the bottom sections of the hive. Place the honey jar on top of the hole.
The bees will deposit the honey into the jar.
Place the honey super (3rd level) onto the hive.
You can check the honey jar in 4-6 weeks. Every time you harvest the honey it will taste a little different because of the various flowers that are in bloom. Using a fork or your fingers puncture and squeeze the honey pots. Strain the honey through a tea strainer or mousseline fabric to remove dead bees and pollen. You don’t want the pollen mixed with the honey as it changes the flavour and can ferment the honey. Keep your “smackerel” of harvested honey in the fridge.
Delicious on vanilla ice cream to good for toast !!!