Honey from hive 15, 22 lbs of pure golden gorgeousness.
from hive 15, 22 lbs of pure golden gorgeousness.

Having already harvested two apiaries in July, it was time this week to harvest from the most established apiary we have.

We are very strict on what is taken in terms of leaving plenty of stores for the colony, so whilst the harvest ws very good, we also left a lot of stores in place.
Good husbandry is paramount, we always return the correct super and frames to the hive as we have te clean the frames after spinning, once cleaned we will treat to ensure moth do not feast over winter, then pack away.

Cappings' and the was/honey sludge from the spinner is always placed in numbered cartons and put back in to the correct hive.
Cappings’ and the was/honey sludge from the spinner is always placed in numbered cartons and put back in to the correct hive.

Wax cappings and the sludge from particles of honeycomb spun off the comb are also gathered in a container and placed back into the same colony roof space, the bees love cleaning the honey from the wax cappings.
In a few days’ we will have super clean wax cappings.

Whilst all hives have performed well, hive 15 takes this years’ award being top performer, the colony in hive 15 are not the largest colony, by far, yet have produced 50% more honey than some of the brood and a half’s we have.
Based on our findings this year we will be reducing all brood and a half colonies’ to single brood over winter.

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