Thursday, June 12, 2014
The honey flow is definitely on. I wondered today if I will ever have a season where all the hives come through winter with a queen and each fills out honey supers. What a harvest that would be. This year, I'll likely have to settle for honey from one strong hive, which we are probably fortunate to have.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
|Hive #1 is packed with bees|
|Hive #3 is the one with the blue top.|
I added a second super to hive #1, the tall hive in the photo above. The super I put on last week is probably 75% drawn out and already quite heavy. Clover in the grass is just starting to come on, and I haven't seen honey bees on it yet so they are getting their nectar from other sources right now. I always question those who are so sure of the source of their honey, unless they live in an area where there truly is one dominant source. Here, there are so many possibilities that I can't ever say with any certainty what kind of honey the bees are making.
|Not a good photo but you can see plenty of new, white comb.|
Even when doing a quick entry into a hive, I always fire up the smoker these days. Invariably, if I try to do anything without the smoke, I pay for it. I do try to use natural fuel, wood I have chipped up with our chipper/shredder, mostly from dead pine trees.