Monday, July 18, 2016
So two kinda significant things have happened to me in the last day or so. The first one being that I actually entered the 21st century in the form of my personal mobile communication devices and actually bit the bullet, gave up my 10 year old flip phone and got a real honest to god smart phone. It's been interesting trying to figure the thing out let me tell you.
As a side note I got really excited when the guy at the phone store showed me the drones I could hook up and run with the thing. Man have I got some ideas :)
Anyway I did put the thing down long enough to pull my honey frames and since that job is done... Yes I still have to spin all the honey out which I am hoping to do tomorrow but more on that later. Now that it's mid-July it's time to bring the swarm traps in.
I rarely if ever get a swarm after mid-to-late June but I traditionally pull all the traps in on July 4th weekend. As you can see I was a bit late this year but since I am being a lazy bum hiding from this heat and humidity as much as possible I also haven't checked the traps in about 2 weeks or so.
My furthest trap is nestled in a little wooded area on the bluffs that overlook the Missouri River. I have thought many times about not placing a trap there every year because it is kinda a drive for me to get to but I get some amazing swarms from there every year. Or did until this year. So far this year I got zip from there. I keep that trap set more for sentimental reasons regarding the land it's on than anything else even with the amazing swarms because the cost in gas to go check it is rather prohibitive.
Well sometime in the last few weeks a swarm moved in. No telling just how long it's been living in there so the entire trap maybe just about full of loose hanging comb by now. I had the trap baited with one drawn out frame but a new swarm will begin building off the top across the entire box. Basically it's going to be like doing a mini-cut out when I get that trap in now. Not to mention I am goign to have to make the drive after dark here soon and get it.
It's not going to be tonight though because this evening I need to get the shop set up for honey extraction tomorrow. Suppose to be about 100 degrees tomorrow too. Oh joy.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!