Filming Honey Harvesting Kisoro Uganda Photography Tour, Honey is the sweet, viscous Juice usually collected in the largest quantities from the beehive, It is found in cells of the honeybee comb. Matured (ripe) honey is usually found in sealed combs and can be kept indefinitely; unsealed honey is not matured and therefore ferments shortly after it is harvested, film crew and photography on this tour will be given a chance to participate fully, and also you will be given all necessary protective gears. The main reason why Kisoro Tours is promoting filming and photography of bee farming in Kisoro and Uganda honey at large is to showcase bee products, after honey harvesting, the film crew will also get a chance of filming other farming activities in the Kisoro area
Kisoro Honey Producers harvesting?
We wear protective clothes, not to forget to take along a good knife or what we call hive tool, bee brush and a good clean container for putting honey in, the honey container may be made of earthenware, stainless steel, plate or plastic, but it should always be rustproof. Smoke the hive entrance and open it. Then cut and remove the combs one by one as you give a puff of smoke before removing each comb and look at them carefully and brush off the bees.
Empty honeycombs, brood combs, and combs containing both brood and honey or uncapped honey should all be returned to the hive. Only full combs of ripe honey should be taken out. When such a comb is found, brush any bees on it into the hive and use a knife to cut the comb, honey. Leave about one centimeter of comb on the top-bar to guide the bees to work the next honey crop. Carry on with the harvesting until a dark comb is reached. This comb usually contains both kinds of honey at the top and brood below.
Honey Harvesting in Daylight is good for Photos and Filming
Filming Honey Harvesting Kisoro Uganda Photography Tour, harvesting during the day is the best for photographer and filing crews it is also an effective system for harvesting honey or controlling the brood nest with little or no danger, even during the hottest hours of the day, makes use of the fact that foraging bees always return to the site of their hive, even if the hive is no longer there.
- The beekeeper brings with him to the site an empty hive and a container with a lid for carrying the harvested honey.
- He smokes the hive heavily from the outside to force the “security guards” and any other bees of the colony that are waiting outside the hive to return to it. It is important to continue smoking until the bees lose being defensive.
- The hive is then carried away from the site, in the direction opposite to the flight runway, and placed on a platform (or on the ground) at least 50 meters from the nearest hive in the apiary. The empty hive is left at the hive-site to serve as a temporary home for any returning foragers or for any bees that escape from the moved hive.
- Working as quickly as possible in order to avoid robber bees, which can otherwise cause trouble, the beekeeper carries out his harvesting or control operations in the normal manner.
- When the work is completed, the hive is closed and carried back to its original position, and the empty hive is removed. Any bees in it, or members of the colony waiting outside, will then rejoin the hive.
The economy of this system is obvious. Daylight is utilized to ensure proper execution and efficient harvest or brood-nest control without attacking bees chasing nearby inhabitants. Diseases can easily be detected, and hive predators can be found and eliminated. Crushing of combs and bees between top-bars is avoided or minimized. Top-bars can be restored to their proper position. Work can be done throughout the day in a pleasant atmosphere without rushing.
To take advantage of this process, it is suggested that beehives be sited on platforms to facilitate easy moving instead of hanging them on trees or nailing them to a table.