Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
I checked the bees a week ago and knew then that we'd probably be able to take some honey this weekend. As you can see above, the bees have drawn out a lot of comb, filled it and capped it already. It has been a great honey flow, and probably will still go on for some time with lots of clover. We pulled two boxes (18 frames) from hive #2, but the two hives started from splits have all filled their top box with honey, most of it capped. I have supers on both now. So they will have great stores going into the winter and we may still get another harvest later in the summer.
I pulled the frames out and shook most of the bees off, while Kathy used a soft brush to get the rest of them off then put the frames in the bins behind her. It all went pretty smoothly.
I dumped the bees back in front of the hive As you can see, they made quite a pile. I checked later and they had made their way back up into the hive, thanks to the inner cover I left as a ladder. Tomorrow we'll extract.