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Re: Bees
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2017, 12:08:45 pm »

This afternoon we are heading to a friends house to help him with honey extracting.  My son is really excited.  The girls are tagging along to help as well.  Should be a fun (ie, stick) time!

remember, the more honey you get on yourself, the more the bees will want to hang with you.
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Re: Bees
« Reply #31 on: October 20, 2017, 01:08:20 pm »

This afternoon we are heading to a friends house to help him with honey extracting.  My son is really excited.  The girls are tagging along to help as well.  Should be a fun (ie, stick) time!

remember, the more honey you get on yourself, the more the bees will want to hang with you.

And bears! Don't forget the bears. :)
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Re: Bees
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2017, 07:07:45 am »

Heh!  We did have quite a few bees buzzing around the doors and windows as we were extracting the honey!  Had to duck out the side door of the garage to avoid them.

It was a very fun, learning, and productive afternoon.  The beekeeping veteran had pulled the supers off the beehive the night before and swept a majority of the bees off.  We brought the frames into the garage, pulled them out, used a hot knife to slice the wax caps off, placed 4 frames at a time into the extractor and started spinning.  A few minutes of this, flip them around, spin some more.  The honey collected in the bottom which we poured through a strainer into a bucket.  This bucket was then placed into a pot of hot water and warmed up enough to flow rather quickly.  This was then poured through cheese cloth into another bucket.  Then the liquid gold was poured into jars.  He ended up with nearly 100 pounds of honey! 

As I said, very fun (and sticky) afternoon.  My SHW commented, "it feels like we live on little house on the prairie!"
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Re: Bees
« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2017, 12:41:44 pm »

Heh!  We did have quite a few bees buzzing around the doors and windows as we were extracting the honey!  Had to duck out the side door of the garage to avoid them.

It was a very fun, learning, and productive afternoon.  The beekeeping veteran had pulled the supers off the beehive the night before and swept a majority of the bees off.  We brought the frames into the garage, pulled them out, used a hot knife to slice the wax caps off, placed 4 frames at a time into the extractor and started spinning.  A few minutes of this, flip them around, spin some more.  The honey collected in the bottom which we poured through a strainer into a bucket.  This bucket was then placed into a pot of hot water and warmed up enough to flow rather quickly.  This was then poured through cheese cloth into another bucket.  Then the liquid gold was poured into jars.  He ended up with nearly 100 pounds of honey! 

As I said, very fun (and sticky) afternoon.  My SHW commented, "it feels like we live on little house on the prairie!"

100 pounds you say,
hmmm sound like a good start for some mead there bro.
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Re: Bees
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2017, 06:53:11 am »

Heh!  We did have quite a few bees buzzing around the doors and windows as we were extracting the honey!  Had to duck out the side door of the garage to avoid them.

It was a very fun, learning, and productive afternoon.  The beekeeping veteran had pulled the supers off the beehive the night before and swept a majority of the bees off.  We brought the frames into the garage, pulled them out, used a hot knife to slice the wax caps off, placed 4 frames at a time into the extractor and started spinning.  A few minutes of this, flip them around, spin some more.  The honey collected in the bottom which we poured through a strainer into a bucket.  This bucket was then placed into a pot of hot water and warmed up enough to flow rather quickly.  This was then poured through cheese cloth into another bucket.  Then the liquid gold was poured into jars.  He ended up with nearly 100 pounds of honey! 

As I said, very fun (and sticky) afternoon.  My SHW commented, "it feels like we live on little house on the prairie!"

100 pounds you say,
hmmm sound like a good start for some mead there bro.

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Would go well with the hammock on your land dawg!
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Re: Bees
« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2017, 08:03:32 am »

Heh!  We did have quite a few bees buzzing around the doors and windows as we were extracting the honey!  Had to duck out the side door of the garage to avoid them.

It was a very fun, learning, and productive afternoon.  The beekeeping veteran had pulled the supers off the beehive the night before and swept a majority of the bees off.  We brought the frames into the garage, pulled them out, used a hot knife to slice the wax caps off, placed 4 frames at a time into the extractor and started spinning.  A few minutes of this, flip them around, spin some more.  The honey collected in the bottom which we poured through a strainer into a bucket.  This bucket was then placed into a pot of hot water and warmed up enough to flow rather quickly.  This was then poured through cheese cloth into another bucket.  Then the liquid gold was poured into jars.  He ended up with nearly 100 pounds of honey! 

As I said, very fun (and sticky) afternoon.  My SHW commented, "it feels like we live on little house on the prairie!"

100 pounds you say,
hmmm sound like a good start for some mead there bro.

 :laugh:
Would go well with the hammock on your land dawg!

Bees are on my list of things to do.
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Re: Bees
« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2018, 07:48:36 am »

My son did his first bee inspection of the year.  It was warm enough and the winds were very light so it was a good day to crack open the top and see how they did.  Bees!!!!  They survived the winter.  It was amazing though, at his final inspection last fall there were ten frames of bees and oodles of honey.  Yesterday there were 3 frames of bees and a little honey left.  Per instruction from his bee-keeping mentor, he put down a sheet of newspaper on the top of the frames and a pile of sugar for food.  He said the bees started crawling all over the sugar as soon as he was pouring it.  I was so glad to hear they survived!

He ordered a 2nd hive and all the trimmings that should be arriving in May.  Slowly starting his honey enterprise.  I'm very proud of him.
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Re: Bees
« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2018, 09:56:10 am »

That's wonderful!
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« Reply #38 on: March 20, 2018, 03:03:40 pm »

My son's hive structure arrived yesterday.  All the wood, frames, top cover, etc etc.  Some assembly required so we'll be building that during the nice weather days.  Bees arrive in May so we have time.  He is really excited - hopes to harvest honey this summer.  Lots of bee activity during the warm days so that is a great sign.
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Re: Bees
« Reply #39 on: June 20, 2018, 07:13:47 am »

I guess I talked about the bee swarm and bee sting episode in another thread... I'm all over the place!

My son received his new-and-improved bee suit last week and did a quick inspection of both hives a few days ago.  His original hive looked good.  He didn't inspect long enough to search for the queen but there looked to be plenty of healthy activity.  The second hive looked great as well.  Bees doing what bees do - make more bees and lots of honey.  Zero problems this time around!

He is hopeful for a honey harvest this fall.  Will be less than planned but such is life.  He has accepted this fact and is moving forward.  Already talking about plans for next spring.
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« Reply #40 on: July 03, 2018, 07:26:25 am »

My son checked on his bees yesterday and they got a glowing report.  Hive #1 (that swarmed about a month ago) looked great.  He saw lots of eggs which means the new queen has mated and is doing what she does best: make more bees.  The rest of the workers are still making lots of honey and my son thinks we'll still get a decent harvest from this one but isn't sure how much.  Hive #2 (newly purchased in May) is also doing really well.  My son estimates 15 pounds of honey from this one. 

So after the painful episode of losing half his bees due to swarming and getting quite a few stings in the process, his hives are looking great and he is excited for honey harvest.  Probably late August timeframe.  Yes, I will keep ya'll posted.
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« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2018, 01:18:15 pm »

My son added another 'super' to both hives yesterday.  That portion of the hivebox is filled with comb and honey for humans.  The portion of the hivebox called 'deeps' are filled with comb, eggs, larvae and honey for the bees.  The first super he put on in the spring has all ten frames full of comb and three of the frames completely filled with honey.  He said during these busy summer days the bees are rapidly filling comb with honey so we are giving them more room to expand.  Looks like we'll be getting a good harvest.  Barring any catastrophes like a wandering bear knocking everything over.
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