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A Beek is Born!

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Today was honey harvesting day again. Megan came over around 9:30 for breakfast and we got started right afterwards. We (she) pulled 3 supers of honey plus removed the supers we had put on a couple of weeks ago to have the bees clean up (eat or move the honey that didn’t get extracted and fix the wax so it’s ready for more honey). We put more supers back on that I had finished extracting so the bees could clean those up. It will take about 3 days and then I’m going to go back, and replace them with the ones that I’m harvesting now.

This is my busy time of year working with the hives. I generally leave them alone except for a visit every week or so to see if they need more room. They are very agitated that I reduced their hive size by half and, NO, I am not going into the backyard until they settle down. Hopefully the hitchhikers that are in my workroom will leave when it starts to get dark and go back to their hive (window screen is open) and I can start extracting tomorrow.

Story Time! Last year Malachi got stung for the 1st time in the early Spring. He was playing in my backyard and swears it was one of my bees. Bees have barbed stingers so when they pull it out it tears away from their abdomen and they die. Wasps and Yellowjackets, on the other hand, have smooth stingers which is why they can sting multiple times. We couldn’t find a stinger in him so I figure it was a wasp. For the rest of the year he hates the bees. This year he watches the hives, plays right next to them, sees me working with them, his Mom working with them, and today he told me he needed a bee suit so he could help. A new Beek is born!
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    emoticon Malachi.
    I hope the bees accepted the down sizing.

    321 days ago
    Awesome, Malachi!!! You are fortunate to have two excellent teachers when it comes to bee care!
    322 days ago
  • MJK0430
    Way To Go Malachi!!!
    322 days ago
    LOL!! I *love* how Malachi has accepted your bee girls!! Well, we finally did it, Jocy. We bought our hives (only 2 to start with) THIS spring. We lost one batch right at the get-go, and they swarmed away - even after putting lemon balm essential oil on their doorstep. That was a bit of SAD, and $$$ loss. Our bee-girls that stayed, seem to be happy. We're keeping a close eye on them, to make sure of that. We got Italian bees after hearing how docile they are - and they are. There won't be any honey for us this year, and we'll have to buy another batch (or two) of bee girls come next spring, but we're having *fun* learning anyway. THANK YOU for giving me the bravery to give it a go!! ::hugs:: Annie
    322 days ago
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