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December 19, 2019

Winter Planning

Winter is upon us, and I have been doing some planning for the new year. I am going to be using the plastic Apimaye boxes, so I am going to get rid of all the wooden boxes and old wooden frames that I have still laying around the yard. I will not sell them because I would be going against the teaching of the American Foul Brood (AFB) spores hiding in the wood for up to and around 70 years. I know that I did not have AFB, but no one else knows that to be a fact.

I will be either burning the wood in a pit or taking it to the dump ground. I have a big bunch of plastic frames that I might sell at a reduced price just to get rid of them. I just received some wooden ware from a friend about a month before he passed away. This I will burn because I know for a fact he had at one time AFB and I know that the boxes are contaminated. And one of the supers had my brand on it. Oh well, that is life. I have loaned my wooden equipment out to other beekeepers and newbies. Just be careful when you get it back, that you realize you may have to destroy it to keep from contaminating you own apiary.

If you loan your hive tool, flat iron, or some other metal tool, be sure to sterilize it before using on your own equipment. This will almost assure you that there will be no cross-contamination. Now let me explain to you that AFB is strictly a bee disease. It cannot hurt humans and is therefore safe to consume.

Now is the time to get your equipment ready for Spring. Paint, tighten up your boxes, replace your frames and/or foundation. Now is the time to brand your equipment that is not in use. If you haven’t planned for the new year, then now is the time to write out your plans for the coming year. You need a map to show where you are going with your bees and honey. What are you going to do with the money you bring in? What are your plans for your bees? You cannot go on a trip without planning it. Otherwise you will probably go in circles and get nowhere. You will hear this information over and over again. To go fishing, you need to know where you are going and what your equipment needs to be. You need to know what kind of bait to use and what size of hooks you need for the species you are fishing for. Do you need weights and what size? Do you have extra fishing line in case you break yours? Do you have bobbers in case you plan not to fish on the bottom?

I do hope this gets you to thinking of what you want out of your bees and honey. What ever you decide, you need to plan and write out a list of answers so you have an idea of what you want to accomplish.

Now is the time to check your veil and smoker. Replace as needed. Sharpen your hive tools so you can be ready for the Spring Honey Flow. Be prepared as you won’t have time to get prepared after the flow starts in the spring.

Until the next post; Read-read-read and watch videos. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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