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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Unconfortably Close

I inspected the Italian colony today to guage how long untill I should harvest honey. Right now, given it seems that the honeyflow has halted, I'm thinking I should harvest the two boxes either Tuesday or the weekend after next. After seeing the honey I removed the boxes to get down to teh brood chamber where the queen, eggs, and larvea are. I removed the first frame and accidentally rolled all the bees off. Rolling bees is jsut when they are all scraped off the comb by an adjacent frame. Either way, they get very angery when that happens. I continued looking through the frames and then heard a loud buzz and felt something on my ear. Then it flies to the face mask part of the veil. A bee had gotten into my veil! Then, after a few seconds I noticed two more. It turns out that my veil had gotten caught open on the back of my shirt collar. I had to close up the hive before I could do a varroa test given they were getting nasty since I rolled them and I had a few "visitors" in my veil. I hastely closed them back up and walked away. I threw my veil off my neck and watched as a few bees flew out. Overall, it wasn't a very productive inspection, though I did move a few frames around in hopes that the honey they contained would be ripened a bit more. On Monday, I'll hope to sanitize my equipment and get everything in place...oh, I forgot to buy the jars. On Tuesday afternoon, the harvest will begin!


Blogger imabkpr said...

Whoa, how are you harvesting in February, even in FL???

10:08 AM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

I left on about a super of honey for their winter stores. That's been completely capped as well as a second super. The third super is about 1/2 capped but, I'm leaving that on for the bees. Basicly, they're starting to get honeybound just as the honeyflow ends. I'm hoping to releive that congestion and make away with 5 to 6 gallons of honey.

11:13 AM, February 07, 2006  

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