Hobby Beekeeping is enjoying quite a popular resurgence. Many people are becoming interested in raising their own bees, whether for pollination of their own gardens, that delicious honey, valuable beeswax or just to care for our beloved pollinators.
Today I’ll be talking about requeening our hive. There are many reasons a beekeeper might want to requeen their hives. Maybe their existing queen is older and not productive anymore. Or maybe over the years the bees in the hive have swarmed and requeened their colony so many times the hive is becoming more aggressive, or ‘hot’.
You see, each time the colony makes their own queen, she must make her maiden flight for breeding with the surrounding bees. Oftentimes those are wild bees and some might even have more aggressive Africanized bee influence.
If you have very many generations taking those steps you’ve gotten too much opportunity for aggressive characteristics to be introduced into your hive.
It’s not hard to bottle fresh sweet honey from the apiary. But what steps need to be taken from beehive to jar?
There are things to watch for. Things such as moisture content in your honey, capped vs uncapped honeycomb, etc. But now? Finally the time is right. We’re going to take that sweet honey from frame to bottle!
There’s more to harvesting honey than just walking to the hives. There are simple preparation tips and hints to simplify the actual harvesting of honey frames, and I’m sharing it all with you! Come see the steps we take before harvesting that sweet honey we crave.
A beekeeping nuc box is a hive box only large enough for small a nucleus hive – usually 1/2 the size of a regular hive. We can quickly build FOUR 5-frame nuc boxes from a single piece of plywood. Come see!