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Week 10 Activities

It was a hot and humid morning in Austin even at 10:00 a.m. when I opened the hive. The 4th super was filled with bees drawing out comb which was a nice change from last week’s queen excluder mishap.

Bees drawing out comb in the fourth super

If this is even possible, the 3rd super seemed even more full of honey. All 8 frames were pretty much full up with only a few areas of capped brood.

Full Frame of Honey

I went ahead and moved some of these 3rd super honey frames up into the 4th super to encourage more bees to move up. Plus I’d like to see some brood in the 3rd super instead of all honey.

I ended up going all the way down to the 1st super today because my sticky board used for mite checks had fallen in the bottom board and I couldn’t remove it. I really didn’t want to do this, but I figured I better bite the bullet and just get it done.

Disassembled

The 1st and 2nd supers were mainly brood cells and pollen. There were a lot of open cells which initially had me worried, but a good majority seem to have eggs in them.

Busy bees

This is me with my wife after the hive was put back together. Did I mention it was hot today?

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I guess some Aggies aren’t half bad…

One of the first things I will do when I harvest my first crop of honey is to send a sample off to Dr. Vaughn Bryant at Texas A&M for a pollen analysis. The last I checked, for $50, he will tell you all the different pollens in your honey and at what percentage they exist. This can give you a good idea of what flora your bees are visiting. In my opinion, the more plant diversity available to your bees, the better your honey tastes.

Dr. Bryant is also being asked to determine the point of origin of honey from imports using pollen markers. In particular, China is flooding honey into U.S. markets, and let’s just say what you get isn’t always pure honey.

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