HAPPY WITH 40 POUND JARS OF HONEY FROM ONE HIVE – 2nd wk in August 2013

After losing one of my two honey bee hives last winter, I was relying on one healthy hive. Fortunately, this hive has a newly marked queen and the bees are well behaved, slow to anger and good a producing honey. In the end I had three supers which were all well, but not fully, filled with honey when I got a loan of a manual extractor from the Fingal Beekeepers, see www.irishbeekeeping.ie. Good exercise extracting honey from the frames in the supers as they must be spun very fast to extract the  thick golden liquid from the comb. Now I am treating the bees with Apiguard to kill any varroa mites which are preying on bees which are getting ready to overwinter. I will then give them a good syrup feed so they can build up stores of food to sustain the colony until the temperature gets back up to 15 degrees c next spring.

Three frames of honey at a time in the manual extractor gave me the best chance of extracting honey without damaging the extractor.

Three frames of honey at a time in the manual extractor gave me the best chance of extracting honey without damaging the extractor.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Trevor! congrats on the honey harvest. I’m looking forward to putting a bee hive in my garden when my shelter belt is more established. My neighbour and bee mentor Jack has been beekeeping a long time and has had a good year too. He is in his 81st year and won prizes as a boy for his honey.I was lucky to go the other day on a visit and pour my own jars of raw honey! very exciting stuff! He no longer has to feed them as global warming ensures a late crop of ivy honey that keeps them going through winter.

    Marie

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on October 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Marie,

      Good luck with keeping the bees. Ivy is good for a late forage. However, if honey has been taken off earlier in the season, it is generally recommended to feed BEFORE the bees cease flying during the inactive cold period over winter. Check with other local beekeepers too.

      Regards,

      Trevor

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