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Honey Day

Finally got a wonderful break in the weather, with temps only in the upper 70's and DRY (the humidity, here--we still could use some rain though we got just under an inch when the cold front noisily passed through, taking out a number of trees and limbs in the area.)

As I indicated earlier, we knew we were going to have a good honey season, with all the white clover this year.  I'll go through the process the way we do it.
We work in our "barn", where we can keep the bees out and have plenty of room to make a mess if need be.  Here we have a bowl of water, our uncapping tray, the 5 gallon filtering pail beyond and then the old A.I. Root Extractor in the background.
Here are a few of the nice frames of honey we have this year.  Today we extracted 19 frames. Here you see Kathy uncapping the frame with an electric knife.  She likes to use that--I can't handle it.   Give me a long, serrated bread knife anytime.  We don't have a heated uncapping knife.  We feel we…

Ok--I'm Confused

Sorry, no pictures, but my plan was to simply go out and pull off a honey super, brush what bees were still on the frames and bring them in to extract this weekend.

This was the hive that, on July 9th, had no apparent queen.  I had decided I would let them finish curing their honey, take what we wanted, then deal with the queen situation.  I did put a frame of young larva in at that time but haven't really been in the hive since, other than to set the bee escape under the supers two days ago.

To my surprise, as I was pulling frames out  of the honey super, the third frame was full of capped brood.  Not just a random smattering, but a good pattern with a solid middle section of worker brood.  Needless to say, I was pretty dumbfounded.  Even had I accidentally put the frame with young larva in the honey super, the time frame just doesn't quite add up to produce that much brood.  There was brood on the next frame as well and some on the one after that.  I did find the queen, thou…