What follows is a backyard beekeeper’s Q & A about honey collection. My family likes to raise bees because we like bees. The honey is a great byproduct of the hobby, but it is not the reason we do it. If you are interested in selling honey or comb products, I am not the person to talk to. If, however, you keep a few hives and/or are new to beekeeping and want a few jars for yourself and maybe a few for some friends and family, then you might find this helpful.
Why do bees make honey?
Quite simply, bees make honey to eat. Honey is their food source when they are hunkered down during the cold winter months. It’s full of sugar and nutrients so it provides plenty of energy and substance to keep warm and stay satisfied when there is no nectar available.