Bearding on the outside of this hive was do to two things....heat/high humidity as well as the loss of living space when the supers were removed. This hive has had a lot of bees hanging around outside for the last few weeks. Kinda like folks sitting out on their porch on a hot night with no AC. As the supers came off today, one by one, the crowd kept getting bigger. There was probably 8 lbs of bees outside when I finished up. I apply a product called Bee Quick, ( smells like almond extract) to a fume board above the supers, which pushes bees out of the supers and keeps forcing the bees lower into the hive. The few stragglers left get blown out the supers with a leaf blower by Mrs Brownie before I bring them inside. It took about 1.5 hours to take these off.Interesting work that. We do they beard? I do love real honey in tea, on apples and on fresh bread.
I have a Dadant 6 frame radial. All stainless, built like a tank. I bought the variable speed motor for it a few years ago to replace the hand crank. Should have done this 30 years ago. Working alone, I can uncap ( I use a hot planer ) and operate the extractor, doing about four 9 frame supers per hour. The 16 supers yielded 30 gallons ( 360 lb ) and I’ll probably get another 5 gallons from the capping tub once it quits draining.What size extractor do you use? How long does the extraction take?
I always liked the goldenrod honey and you could sure smell it when the bees were bringing it in.I’ll super up again in late August for knotweed and the September goldenrod flow. I’ve had hives make 100 lb of goldenrod honey in ideal conditions, 30-50 lbs is average.
Totally agree. When I was a kid our lawns had decent grasses, but also had lots of clover, with honeybees all over it.If people would quit spraying/spreading poison all over their lawns we'd all be better off. I love having clover in my lawn. It brings in the honeys and the bumbles. That's a plus for my veggie garden too.
I melt all the uncapping wax in a solar melter, got about 4.5 lbs from this batch. Usually get about 10 lbs a year. Probably have 75 lbs of it out in the bee shed. My wife makes hand cream, lip balm, and candles from some of it. Lots of folks ask for beeswax, use it for everything from bow string wax to seasoning cast iron.Curious, what do you do with the wax and about how much is produced?
That was what prompted my question >I melt all the uncapping wax in a solar melter, got about 4.5 lbs from this batch. Usually get about 10 lbs a year. Probably have 75 lbs of it out in the bee shed. My wife makes hand cream, lip balm, and candles from some of it. Lots of folks ask for beeswax, use it for everything from bow string wax to seasoning cast iron.