I took some videos last weekend. The ladies were in full force of fighting off robbers. They are trying to get ready for the winter and have no space for thieves. If you are interested in seeing some serious security guard work, check the links to YouTube.
Video 1: a 5 second long video that shows the quickest way to get rid of a robber. https://youtu.be/5vdw3e3MrWs
Video 2: Watch them push away the wasp. https://youtu.be/D3YjSsCtr4U
Video 3: If the intruder tries to fight back, they will lose. https://youtu.be/1bfmOlEROt4
Interesting fact: Bees rob other hives because their source for nectar is scarce. They tend to attack other weak hives so that they have a better chance of surviving.
Our blog has been on the furthest back burner since July, but that doesn’t mean that the bees have been abandoned. Here’s what has happened since our last post.
“A Swarm in July, Let Them Fly”
I thought about letting them go, but they were right in front of my face. There are risks with capturing swarms later in the summer. Firstly, they are supposed to be grumpier at this time of the year which means the beekeeper is more likely to be stung. Secondly, the chances of them building up the hive in time for winter are slim. This was a risk I was willing to take, if for nothing else, the learning experience of catching a swarm in July.
“Hey Dad, can you build me a nuc box, like right now?”
When catching a swarm, you need a place for them to live. Well, we were out of hive boxes. They lived in a styrofoam nuc for about a week, and then my father constructed this for us. They have since filled the first box with 5 frames of honey, but the second box is empty. They haven’t even started building up comb on the frames, so we will have to insert some capped honey frames from other hives.
We extracted 6 gallons of honey at the end of July.
After extracting the honey, we rendered more wax than we’ve ever rendered at one time.
Then we got married and gave honey as our wedding favor. Super cute label by our Allie.
As for September, this is what the ladies in our 6 hives have looked like for the past few weeks:
We should be extracting more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!