This week we will replace the top supra with new frames for the busy bees. We were really hopeful that the frames would be ready for harvesting, but somewhat doubtful based on the things we have read about young colonies. Our hive has grown so much since we got it back in the spring. When we added the second supra, I felt like we had a good chance on honey in our first season. By the weekend we will likely have 50lbs of dark amber colored honey.
|Mr. & Mrs. Beekeepers|
Let me encourage you - if you don't already keep bees, look into starting a colony next spring! We have no idea what we are doing and we are harvesting our first supra of honey just 4 months after getting our hive started. Mind you, we are NOT taking the surplus food supply that our sweet bees will need to weather the fall and winter months, but the other supra. The bees are keeping busy these days most likely with the blooms on the many, many Crepe Myrtles all around our neighbors property as well as a few on our property.
When we opened the top board on the hive we found 15 to 20 (visible to us) Hive Beetles. We saw these little beetles skittering around and had no idea what they were or why they were there. Upon a bit of research, we found that these critters can be little to great harm based on the strength of the hive. Either way I will be paying Mr. Bundrick a visit tomorrow to get something to take care of the beetles that are known to be deadly to Florida bee hives. We don't want to take any chances.
We did harvest the honey in our spacious kitchen, um.... I think every surface in that kitchen was covered with sweet honey and wax. With this having been our first time in claiming and harvesting honey, we were totally inexperienced in every step even though we had read everything "bee" that we could get our hands on.
|Here momma is helping scrap the honey off of the frame into a pot with as strainer in place.|
Stay tuned for more updates on our "Erilyn Honey Harvest Summer 2011". (all photo credits go to my nephew Skyler, he did a great job didn't he!?)