I did not bother to look for either queen because both hives had eggs and larvae. But the most exciting thing for me was finding a full frame of capped honey. Checking to make sure I wasn't depleting their stock, I put that frame aside and closed up shop before they got too mad at me. Back in VA, it was easier to rob the bees because we'd do it a box at a time, using special (but safe) fumes the bees didn't like. They'd hunker down in the lower part of the hive, we'd lift off the box of honey, and off we'd go. This morning, I had to brush the bees off the frame, walk away from the hive, brush some more bees off, walk further away, brush more bees off... you get the picture. Only when I was satisfied that all bees were off the frame (and my jacket) could I take it inside.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Harvesting Honey the Old Fashioned Way
Unlike many beekeepers who will not admit to their short-comings, I guiltily admit to neglecting my girls. Torrential downpours and tropical heat do not make for ideal hive-checking conditions. This morning I went for a walk after I put the (human) girls on the bus and it was one of those rare days when it was almost... dare I say... pleasant. So I vowed when I got home I would don the jacket, fire up the smoker, and say hello to the bees.