Sunday, July 17, 2011

Just Harvested

Yesterday I harvested the honey from the 4 hives that my Father has. Two of the hives were not ready to harvest in that there was largely uncapped honey. I did harvest the other 2 hives and they were full of capped honey. We received about 5 gallons of honey per hive. It was very hot in my bee garb but we made it through the 95 deree temp by harvesting early that morning. I need to figure out how to harvest these hive in the spring and fall when the temp is more tolerable. My hives are simply not ready to harvest in the spring. I just need to find out more about how this works because I know that the professional beekeepers harvest in spring ad fall around here. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Hive Now Has A Laying Queen

Just to review, I have 3 hives in my backyard. The nuc hive is the hive that I posted about in the prior post now has a laying queen. I plan to transfer the frames into a larger hive later this week. The middle hive is now 100 percent full of capped honey, plan on harvesting that this weekend as well. The 3rd and final hive was occupied by wax moths. I really dislike those little creatures. Had to destroy that hive.