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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Ugh...MY BACK!

Well, I wan't able to really inspect the bees today. I got the first super off, not much work had been done and then I go to lift the next super after prying away some propolis. The second I got if off the hive body it felt like my back was going to snap. I had to end the inspection early because of that and the bees wern't behaving normaly...when I opened the cover and smoked them instead of all retreating between the combs thousands traveled upward and poured out. Smoke is suppose to have the opposite effect. I'm really not sure what it was but, I'll try again for tomarow.


Blogger Roy Tate said...

I'm not sure if this was the problem, but your smoker needs to blow a cool smoke, with little heat. Test by blowing smoke on your bare hand. There is an art to packing your smoker. A few times when I was starting out, I built a "flame thrower," and had to repack the firebox.

3:47 PM, October 26, 2005  

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