Pre-Honey Harvest Prep

I’ll be taking a full super of honey off the hive Sunday, so I went out today to put the bee escape on the hive to make tomorrow’s activities much easier. I did my first and last harvest last fall without using a bee escape, and I’ll never do it again. It took forever to get all the bees off the frames, and I ended up with a yard full of pissed off bees.

Another advantage of the harvest is reducing the size of the hive to a more manageable level. Right now, I’m resorting to a step stool to get the height I need to inspect the top most supers.

Tall Hive, Little Man

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2 responses to “Pre-Honey Harvest Prep

  1. Wow, honey already? Your girls start early down there.

    And I’m with you 100%: Clearing boards are the way to go as both humans and bees are happier for it.

    Best of luck with the harvest!

  2. Well, I did leave an inordinate amount of honey on over the winter to be on the safe side, and the nectar flow is totally on here in Austin so I felt comfortable with a harvest.

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