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May 1, 2011

Observation Hive (Pt 2)

Well…just thought you might like to know, the observation hive of the last post surprised me. All the brood had hatched out and I just let the bees chill for a couple of days (more like a week and a half). I finally got around to deciding to call my beekeeper friend to see if I could have a frame of brood. But before I did that, I thought that I should check on the bees so I could answer any questions that he might have about the condition of the observation hive and bees within it.

I went out to the patio and opened both customed built solid sideboards to check on the bees. WOW! There was a frame of sealed brood on both sides! At least one of the two queen cells carried a developed queen in it. I have seen her two times since then and wished that I could have gotten her out to mark her, but to me, it is more trouble than it is worth. In fact, she has a small brood area in the honey frame up stairs. I am so happy I could jump up and down if it didn’t hurt so much. (Remember, I am 5′ 7″ tall and carry 325 plus lbs on two very used 70 year old knees.)

This is not my observation hive. I am just the custodian of it with the use as my payment for keeping it alive. I will have another one ready soon (my own this time) and will be working on another one just to say that I have an extra one or two to swap out so the one will not get too stressed out from over use in the schools.

I still do not have a camera to help get some pictures into my posts, but I can’t quite remember to get one until I need it and by the time I get home, I have forgotten about it.

Gallberry and Privet are blooming in my area now and the Tupelo flow is over or, at least nearly over with now. Palmetto Palm is getting ready to bloom in the next two weeks or so. I hope you have your extractors cleaned and ready. Some of you will be be extracting now and some will be extracting off and on for the next four to six months depending on the different honey flows and if you want to keep the specialty honeys separated.

Also, you can melt your wax down to 25 lb. blocks and send them to the supply house that you use primarily and they will trade supplies to you for your wax. I say this because I found that I have accumulated something like six 5 gallon buckets along with several of my wife’s pots and pans of wax cappings. These cappings are real good for making candles for gifts and sales.

There I go mixing several subjects into one post and I will probably be hearing from my Number 2 son. He will be trying hard not to chew my uh huh out for doing a no-no. I have no intentions of changing this post now. I worked too hard to get it finished as it is.

Have a good day and remember, you need to read–read–read.

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