Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Finally, I caged the last of my queens yesterday with the help of a couple foreign exchange students (One from Poland and one from Norway). We have two others staying with us for a week (one from Italy and one from Israel). They have really enjoyed learning about honeybees. I am still killing any drone comb or queen cells as I'm trying to prepare for the end of the beekeepers calendar. In three weeks, I will pull any honey supers or brood frames with honey in the corners so I can extract. I will save some of the brood frames for insulation next spring. It really hasn't been as good a year as I had predicted. I had hoped to get between 40 and 80 gallons of honey this year. My top bar hive swarmed and I have one hive that is queenless. Out of 8 colonies, I have three that have really done quite well and one of those will produce around 124 lbs. (10 gallons) while the other two I estimate, about 5-7 gallons. If it was your first season as a new beekeeper and you did not do well, don't get discouraged!! Every year is different. We had a pretty cool summer with quite a bit of rain. The bees have eaten a lot of their honey during rainy days. I will let you know when I plan on harvesting the last of my honey.