Honey forecast looking good so far!

Over the weekend I popped the tops off of a few hives to see how much honey we have. One of our best hives has 3 full, capped 9 frame medium supers of honey with 2 more supers above the bottom brood box that has a mix of honey and brood. (We’re not running queen excluders this year, so brood is up higher this year.).

Best I can tell, we’re looking at around 8-10 full medium supers of honey between all of our mature colonies. This is about 3 times the amount of honey we Imagepulled off the hives all last year.

The nectar flow is still going here. One way you can tell is that the bees in the weaker hives I’m feeding are hardly taking any sugar syrup now. Bees prefer real nectar over the stuff I feed them. When real nectar is scarce during the Summer dearth, they’ll drink up the sugar syrup like crazy and even go after things like old Coke cans or anything with a sweet residue on it.

The wild persimmons are starting to bloom. I always look forward to this because the bees love it and I love to hear the soft buzz of the bees working the persimmon trees at my grandfathers house when I stop over for a visit.

So far, things are really looking up.

 

Catching Swarms while Supers are Filling

The title of this post pretty much describes what all has been going on since my last post. So far I’ve caught 5 swarms and the hives are getting heavier as the bees are collecting nectar. Only one of the swarms I’ve caught was actually hanging from a limb, so the bee vac I built last year is seeing lots of use.

The craziest swarm capture we did so far was a small cluster that landed on top of a service truck of Pineland Telephone in Metter.

As always, if you live near Metter, GA and have a swarm that needs to be removed. Let us know and either myself or another beekeeper I know will be happy to help.