How To Raise Bees For Honey
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors collected honey from wild beehives they came upon. The hive was routinely completely destroyed and rendered futile. The bee colony would've no other alternative but to build again in a different spot.
Bee Colonies Contain Thousands of Individual Bees.
This rough treatment of the hive and comb also resulted in the honey being full of contaminates. But, there were no grounds to worry since they didn't need to keep the honey for hours. They consumed what they gathered and they only raided another hive if they wanted some more.
Early attempts at collecting the honey from local beehives were not too much better. Fixed frame beehives were more often than not used, this which means the total hive was sunk to have the honey.
After the comb was pulled from the hive, it was completely crushed and the honey extracted. This demolished the larva and eggs of the bees and left the beekeeper with contaminated honey. Purification of the honey was only fairly effective and didn't keep well for hours.
The biggest trouble with this kind of beekeeping idea is that the whole colony is destroyed come harvest time. Plainly, the whole operation had to be started all over again. Hives must be built again, and a new colony of bees had to be discovered and inserted. Honey simply couldn't be delivered on a fixed basis, it was too ineffectual.
The discovery of the top bar beehive by Langstroth in the heart of the 1800's was just what apiculturists needed. This gentleman truly changed everything in the apiculture world. His advanced plans granted for a top access and removable frames. Not just did this permit easier removal of the honey, but the colony and hive would not be destroyed.
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