Fresh White Honey Comb

I took a brief peek at one of our monster hives with honey supers on it yesterday and found several frames well on their way to being filled with honey. I know some experienced beekeepers discourage new beekeepers from going foundationless in their honey supers because the chances of success are less, but we can’t help ourselves. We love it when the bees build natural comb like this:

Our honey supers have a combination of foundationless frames, frames of drawn comb from last year (with and without foundation), and frames with untouched foundation.

Apparently the bees are attracted to the smell of drawn comb. That gets them to work in the honey supers. We put foundationless frames between the frames of drawn comb because the bees are generally compelled to fill in empty space. Our methods may not maximize honey production, but the maximizing approach can take the fun out of beekeeping. That’s not our game. And it’s hard to argue with results like this:

A daisy in front of our hived swarm (July 2, 2012):

5 thoughts on “Fresh White Honey Comb

  1. Your pictures are a tease. I’m still starting out and haven’t seen new comb as beautiful as that. I plan on going foundationless in my supers as well and then doing a bit of cut-comb for my friends and family later this season (fingers-crossed).

  2. I put a few empty frames in between drawn frames as well this year. Hoping for a few lovely frames of comb honey, too. Yours looks soooo yummy!

  3. I’d like to do this myself – probably next year now, the weather this year has been so rubbish we haven’t got a super on yet, and probably won’t do before the season’s over. The honey comb looks spectacular.

  4. Damn. My comb honey has mould on it. Or at least I think it does. I had about 8 packages of comb honey from last year that I was saving for friends and people who help me with my bees. But I just noticed what appears to be white mould on the comb. It’s not fuzzy and fungi-like, so perhaps it’s only crystallizing honey, but I can’t take tell and I can’t risk giving bad honey to anyone. Shoot. Damn.

    For now on I’ll have to make sure to keep all my stored comb honey in the freezer.

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