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The Honey is Flowing

October is swarming time in the south, so I have been keeping an eye on my hives. They appeared to be doing pretty well, but then I had a look at Dad’s hive. His hive took two weeks to fill a box with honey. TWO WEEKS. That is about 15 kg when all is said and extracted, or 30 little pottles of honey. His hive is slowly becoming my hive, and so I will be doing the extracting and bottling – which is a fun event.

I need to take the strips out of my own hives in 2 weeks, then they should be fairly mite free until autumn. Then I can start to get honey to harvest. It is a relief to not see bees with damaged wings anymore.

On the down side, there are rats in my garage. They have been messing with the empty honey supers, chewing the wax of the bottom boards of the frames. One ran off with my rat trap, and I took a few shots at another one (safely, of course). In full Indiana Jones rhetoric, I hate rats. I will be dissecting their cousins in science class in a few weeks, so revenge will be sweet, and stinky.

I haven’t much else to add today, but when I have sorted out dropbox, I will pop in a photo of Dad’s hive, as photos are cool.


One comment on “The Honey is Flowing

  1. Totally unfair, rats aren’t even native to New Zealand! Good luck sorting out the critters: rats and mites both.

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