Note to self: Smoke the bees before stealing a few frames from the bottom honey super. The bees are protective of their honey this time of year (if not all the time).
The bees in Hive #1 are smoking hot these days, ploughing through their honey supers at an impressive rate. Instead of adding a third honey super to the hive (which the bees might not be able to fill), I decided to pull three frames of honey from the bottom honey super and replace them with empty frames.
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Two of the frames are foundationless. We’ll crush and strain them like we did with our first frame of honey. The other one will have to be extracted. I’m not sure how we’ll managed that yet. At any rate, this is my last post for the next couple weeks. By the time I post anything new, we’ll have harvested and probably bottled all our honey — possibly up to 30 frames of honey. I’ll record videos and take photos of it all. See you later.
UPDATE (Sept. 06/11): The bees have become extremely defensive since I took the honey from the hive — without using smoke. Within minutes of going in the backyard, I’ve got two or three bees buzzing around my head. I’ve never seem them this bad before. We’re managing it for now, but our backyard is too small for keeping bees. When the bees get defensive, it’s not good at all. I think I may have seen my next door neighbour swatting at some bees in his backyard. I hope they weren’t bees, but it’s possible. This could be very bad. I have to remember for now on to use smoke when pulling honey so the the bees don’t associate my scent, or human scent, with danger. This isn’t a good day. See What makes bees aggressive? from Honey Bee Suite for more info.