It has been both fun and frustrating having honey bees as "pets". A couple of years ago when Steven was really excited about the opportunity to have a backyard hive I consented to have them, however I would not participate in any of the beekeeping duties....ever. Steve now has his sidekick CJ the Jr. Beekeeper. CJ loves to help with the bees and find out how much honey there is. We use a method of honey harvest that involves crushing the wax and straining the honey out in quart jars with cheesecloth. It's a bit messy but effective.