Monday, July 22, 2013
I really cannot find anything to complain about around here these days unless maybe it is the high speed grass growth. The temperature and humidity could also use a few words but those are not really complaints because they just are not that bad either compared to what they have been in previous years.
Today was another bee day. I spent the entire morning in my suit taking care of a number of bee related issues. I had to transfer that small swarm from the huge trap box into a little nuc. Then it was moving the second nuc into a full sized brood box with bottom and top boards. Then I had to refill the syrup feeders and do a deep check into two of the hives that were from earlier swarms to see if they needed second brood chambers yet. One does. Finally it was time to harvest some more honey. I now have two more hives, one survivor from Winter and the first swarm of the season that have begun storing a surplus. I managed to harvest seven full frames and still need to check one more hive which I won't mess with until tomorrow. I will continue to take a few frames here and there until August when I will stop.
I still have a few people who have been promised some honey (including GlockMom) and this latest score should get all accounts settled. After this I plan on letting the girls keep a bunch until I may pull any surplus after the Fall flow. Believe me I didn't even take half of the surplus they have stored but I am not going to gamble with the rest of the Summer either. If the rains stop the surplus will slow down as well and we may not get a Fall flow if that happens.
Better safe than sorry.
So I am now up to 12 full hives and a little nuc and the hours of maintenance have turned into a bit more than a part time job pretty much. There is always something that needs to be done but of course this is the busy season so the time invested will slow down eventually. No part time income payout yet either. Of course if all these hives make it through Winter and produce next year I will have to go out and search for a bulk honey buyer but I am not going to get ahead of myself yet.
Just a quick update while I cooled off a bit before taking a shower. Needless to say my clothes and I were all covered in sweat after this mornings work. I also gotta catch up on news of the world a bit.
I see Zimmerman pulled a family out of an over turned truck down in Florida. Looks like karma is on someone's side today.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!