Hive Work

…it’s easiest for us to work in the field with as few hives as we have.  Lifting off each super of honey they are set on the top of an empty box to keep them off the ground and avoid crushing any bees on the underside of the super.  I pull each frame out and brush it off with a soft brush while holding it over the hive.  The workers fall back into the lower hive box.  The cleaned frames are put into another box and then covered with a towel to prevent bees from access to them.  When this is done the partially filled box of frames removed from the hive just before the canola flowered is placed back onto the lower hive box and a feeder is placed on top with a protective box.  Canola honey will crystallize over the winter, starving the bees.  The super from early summer will have been filled with wildflower nectar and will suit these bees much better over the winter.  I installed a new battery for driving the electric fencer until the black bears den up for the winter.  We repeat the frame cleaning process back on our front porch; any bees fly off back to their home.  And now we have perhaps a hundred pounds of honey inside to be processed when the weather turns colder…

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