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Month: February 2017

Harvest the frame. Frame the picture.

Harvest the frame. Frame the picture.

On Friday afternoon the clouds went away, the sun broke through and after checking the side observation window and seeing it 100% capped with wax (meaning the honey was ripe), I decided to fully harvest that end frame.  I had seen it was fully capped during last inspection,  but with the chaos that ensued with the last inspection, I waited for a week before I harvested.  The bee’s had been through enough. Harvesting is important for bees.  Without harvesting a…

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The big inspection (and a broken heart)

The big inspection (and a broken heart)

On Saturday I planned my first big inspection since my Flow frames have been at bee capacity.   So many things I wanted to check, but the main over riding thing was – do I have too many bees?   I have wondered for a few weeks now if I am at capacity in my hive, and feel like the proverbial rabbit in headlights with not knowing what to do.  What I have done so far is actually nothing.    …

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After harvest (and the heat wave)

After harvest (and the heat wave)

I wanted to write a quick update from my harvest post one week ago today.    The following three days after the harvest were the hottest my state has recorded.   In fact there was one day where the top 10 hottest places on the planet were all in New South Wales – the state where Katoomba is.  The bees were bearding nearly non stop. The other thing that happened after I drained one fifth of the middle frame  was…

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My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

    I work from home on Friday’s.   So this Friday I decided after much contemplation, research, panic, and inspection I decided to harvest my first honey from the Flow Hive and my bees.    Essentially I am robbing the bees of their food.   🙁 There is a 3 day heat wave here, – getting up into late 30’s near 40.   Insanely hot.    My first concern is for my bees so I decided to trial a…

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