HONEY COLLECTION AND EXTRACTION by D. Askquith-Ellis N.D.B. If, when you visit the bees to collect the honey, some of the honey is uncapped test for 'ripeness' by shaking the comb. If honey shakes out it is not ready and the frame should be given back to the bees to ripen. If it is extracted with the rest
That's where the first honey extractor, came from. We still use the extractors to this day. Some have hand cranks and some are electric but they all spin the frames of honeycombs. Once the combs are empty they are given back to the bees to refill. It's less work for the bees because they don't have to make the honeycomb all over again.