Honey Time

Last week, I was walking around trying to get snapshots for landscape art when I noticed one of our hives was awfully quiet. Compare the two. I also noticed a rather strong hum and meant to go tell Garry but something came up and I forgot.


Eventually Garry heard the hum as well, but unlike me, he looked up into the trees and found three swarms.


See the scouts flying around in the sky area of this pic? The brown clusters are the swarms. Luckily we had a couple of Amish boys working on our land so they helped capture two of the swarms, but when they all went back to work after lunch, the hives were empty again. 

 Bees swarm when there are more than one Queen, which was the case.They also swarm when the hive healthy. They leave with a queen to start anew. When we looked later, the quiet, vacated hive was full again so at least one swarm simply returned home. It would of been great to actually have doubled our hives but thats okay. We still have one more on an organic farm so perhaps that we may be able to split hives next year if they survive. 

In the meantime, we unabashadly have robbed two supers

About 60 lbs worth of honey. Garry is off trying to assess the third one woth a master bee keeper. He is of the mindvthat this robbing will keep them busy enough to not seek a new home, thereby preventing swarming. Thats the theory. The bees do have mites however and we will likely treat them. 

Note that we left a winters supply of honey in each hive. We will probably sell it as the two boxes represent 5 gallons. A gallon does us for a year and that includes gift giving. 

Honey is neither vegan nor is it alkaline but its still very good for you. We do not mistreat our bees. Infact, it looks like robbing the honey we do helps hives survive. If they fly off into the wild, they could die whole searching for a home. Here we care for them. Even if we dont eat alot of it, its a worthwhile experience. Conserving the honey bee s deeply important. 

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4 thoughts on “Honey Time

  1. It would be nice to have home grown honey. Does Garry, still don the suit for harvesting? We’re fortunate to have a local bee keeper, so we get his honey. So delicious! If we can’t grow it ourselves, then we buy local. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shame you lost the bees, but it sounds like they had plenty of stores to breed a new queen. So you must be doing something right.

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    • Home grown is the best! Garry does suit up and even then, gets stung with this lot of bees. They are more aggressive than previous ones but Zi believe its because of our weather…too many storms, too much heat. The master keeper went out with shorts a d tshirt though. If he got stung, he didn’t say. These days, loss is a part of bee keeping. Its just a sad reality…one way or another. At least one swarm went home….must be the smart ones:)

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  2. It is wonderful that you keep Bees, they are so So important.. and when we went to the flower show they had a tent on Bee Keeping and it was fascinating watching them lift some of them out of the hives, and listen to the experts..
    I am pleased you have got a swam back and enough honey to last you and the Bees over winter.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Loved the photos Linda.. xx

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    • Thanks Sue. I should say that my husband “keeps” them. I’m tne research team and sugar patty chef/medicinal tea maker/ perennial flower directress;) Just call me the bee momma.lol

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