A quick update on my first “Honey”….S finally got see the surgeon. Turns out he has torn tendons in BOTH arms! One is worse than the other. Neither tendon is completely torn from the bone, which is good. He has no clue how he did it, though. For now, the surgeon is going to try PT to strengthen the tissues and muscles around the torn tendons to see if that will compensate. They will re-evaluate in a few months, but it would be nice to avoid surgery. In the mean time, looks like S will remain on domestic duty for some time yet.
In other news, we actually processed our first honey! We sold our extractor when we moved, with plans of getting a better model. Our other plans didn’t work out, though, so we were left doing it the “simple” way, using equipment we got with our first purchase of a bunch of hives and equipment several years back.
Next, S used a hot capping knife to remove the wax caps from the honey comb. I didn’t get a pic of that.
There was actually no mess. We simply dumped the scrap comb into our wax collection box (for processing wax later), and all the strainers and buckets simply got placed out in the bee yard, where the bees do a far more thorough job cleaning it than we ever could! The result is a clean kitchen, with no sticky residue! Easy peasy! After the bees cleaned it up, we gave it a quick rinse, and put it away in the barn until next time. We give it a wash with soap and water to remove dust and such prior to processing, but after the bee cleaning, that is very simple too. Now, we have a little honey to sell (since I still have some leftover from previously), and plenty to get us through until next harvest.