In nature bees will squirrel away honey in a good summer in all the nooks and crannies.
We take advantage of this , and rob the bees without having an impact on their winter stores.
Boxes are put on the hive after they have been in for at least one good season.
They are installed in spring and then removed before winter.
They are just taken off, one evening. Placed in front of the hive. the bees will fly back into the hive. You can return later that evening and remove the honey and comb.
Honey boxes is how we get to take a little honey