Bee work

“No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” – Proverb

I just had to check those newbees .  I’d given them since Mother’s Day off from any poking around and it was time to check on their progress and make sure all was well.

Status check of the hives

I rounded up some additional hive bodies and frames to transfer the nuc colonies into.  And did they need it.  They had nearly filled their frames with comb, eggs and honey.   That showed me that they were all healthy.

filling up the comb with eggs, honey stores and capped larva

Some of the nuc boxes were a mess, though, with burr comb which I sadly had to remove when I added new frames.

This colony needed some housekeeping, and some more frames!

I sprayed with plenty of sugar-water, filled some top feeders with more sugar-water, and gave some of the hives pollen patties. The pollen patties may have been better saved for fall, but because in the next few days we have inclement weather forecasts, I am trying to encourage the bees to stay in their new boxes. I’m a generous beekeeper – I take care of my bees the same way I take care of everyone else around here.  “Eat! Eat!”

A stockpile of honeycomb was a sign of good health but overdue hive-keeping on Farmer Tam’s part!

All kinds of productivity!

Somebody couldn’t wait for Farmer Tam to put more frames in!

placement of a pollen pattie for this hive that had a noticeably smaller colony

While I was suited up and had a fan club of hundreds of upset bees, I decided not to go inside the house or near anyone else for a while.  I took the lawn tractor for a ride past the hives to trim the grass that tends to get overgrown.  I put away frames and hive parts that were not being cleaned by the bees themselves.  I puttered.

Reorganized and updated hives.

All told, it was about 3.5 hours of work before I finally took my suit off to make dinner. I never got stung(hallelujah!) and finished in the nick of time as a front of blustery, wet weather moved in for the weekend.

Here’s where the “Wing and a Prayer” part comes in…I’m no expert at beekeeping, but I’m learning.  I tucked the bees in and asked for a blessing under my breath…

13 responses to “Bee work

    • Thanks, Curtiss Ann! Yes, I do sell it and oh my goodness, SO love our honey! You will too, when you try it. This year I hope for a harvest -last year was sadly an “off” year. WIll keep you posted!

  1. This post reminded me of a mason jar of freshly harvested honey that my Grandmother always seem to have on hand. There was always a piece of honeycomb in it. She would use the honeycomb and drizzle that yummy honey on freshly baked homemade biscuits served with a side of fresh picked blackberries and cream on the side. Was one of the best desserts we could ever have!

    • Now THAT is a picture! Art-in-a-jar. Someday I shall serve that very treat up and I’ll call it “The Happy Little Wallflower”and think of you and your Grandmother!

      • Awww….thank you. That’s sweet of you! My Grandmother would be tickled pink over it. She made the best biscuits in the world. Rolled them by hand every morning and cooked them in a cast iron pan on a pot belly wood stove. Uhh…this is making me hungry, lol!

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    • 🙂 That gave me a giggle! So MUCH I cannot do, but I love that I’m giving off big impressions!!! Anywho, I love honey so much, also, and I think I started the beekeeping more as a challenge than anything. A local friend who keeps bees said “I bet you can, too!” and I said, “I bet I can!” And then I did! And had such a great first season that I kept on keeping bees! But there are definitely ups and downs, as with anything, and they’re not exactly fuss-free.
      Thanks for reading the post and visiting the farm today! Happy First Week of June!

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    • Thanks, Vince! I’m about to check on them tomorrow to make sure that all is well. I always feel guilty busting in on them when they’re being so industrious, but a beekeeper has to do maintenance checks, so there you go!

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