The yards are mowed and the boxes are all stacked according to the pull date. During this last round I tighten up the space in the hives that will be pulled within the next week and add more space to the hives that will be pulled in two weeks time. By the looks of the hives today everything is right on schedule with the first grouping of 400 hives ready to set Thursday/Friday.
This morning I hosted a group of home school student for a honey house tour and talked about bees for a hour and a half. I had fun as I talked about honeybees, demonstrated my equipment and showed them my extraction facility. I was able to use the observation hive again which was a true highlight of the morning. The highlight for me was showing the kids the bee dance using my skiddle demonstration. I had all the kids bee dancing at the honey house! lol
Its the 19th of July and most years we are heading out to collect honey from the yards. This year the boxes have just been stacked and we are still a couple weeks away from thinking of collecting anything. In this business its hard to tell where about the hives are in relation to the calender and the environment around them. It is important to realize everything is relative and the calender is not always the best indicator of the year’s timing. What I usually do to determine where to govern the hive’s activity through out the year is to look for natural cues and correspond those with the calender to adjust the year’s timing ahead, or behind. This year my calender has been behind by at least 10 days – 2 weeks. As I look at the calender this year, and my hives, and everything around, I’m still resting easy as everything is coming in as planned.
Every evening I have been chipping away at the final details in the honey house. This evening I finally installed the bracing for the spinner’s honey inlet hose. As it turns out, while the drum is being removed for cleaning, the hose fits perfectly into the spinner sump which will eliminate all honey drip mess. Just a few details left to do in the honey house and it will be fully functional. Now, all I need is some honey…