Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The pic is looking down onto a super full of frames full of honey. The wavy pattern is cute but as anyone in the know will know, somewhat undesirable: really the bees should be pulling the frames equally, and having a pattern like than means you can't shuffle the frames around.

Today I took off the 4 supers that I had clearer-boarded on... sunday? Hive 2 was a success: nearly clear. Hive 1 was less good and I had to flick bees around. Sorry girls. However the end product was a wheelbarrow full of honey...

My technique now is to offload into the wheelbarrow, wheel it up the garden, take the frames out onto a table in the garden room and then go off and have dinner and process in the evening. Miranda helped for the first few before going off to bed; Daniel helped for some more; then I was left alone. In the end I ran out of time and only processed 3 supers, I'll have to dump #4 back on the hives for the while. But the main point was to give them more room, which they will get. Perhaps I'll split the still-full frames half-half between the hives. yes, that sounds like a good idea.


Total honey production... not sure. I had to empty about 10 kg out into a bucket because the extractor (3 frame tangenital) filled up, so 30 kg at least, perhaps 40-50 if I've done well. Not sure. All nice and runny and probably mostly borage.

2 Comments:

Blogger Peter Hearnden said...

William, for a similar picture of what me bees did see the current season pages of my site - http://www.hearnden.freeserve.co.uk/ . I've never seen bees built full combs in such an irregular way. Oh, and I've still honey to extract (I hope that not dig out) and bees to treat...

I some ways I'm quite please one so 'green' as you is using chemicals to manage Varroa. It's a great pity, but it really does seem to be the only practically way to deal with the fiendish mite.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Belette said...

Hmm yes. And not only are you a beekeeper but a weather nerd too!

As for the Varroa... I'm strictly an amateur beekeeper. I know I couldn't cope with what you need to do to make it work the "integerated management" way. Its a pity though.

2:32 PM  

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