Yup – it’s been busy. GOOD! But busy.
Short trip to the political side of things – bit of a disillusionment there, boy howdy. But that’s not for here.
Bees!! We’ve had a couple late swarm calls. About the same total number of swarms caught as last season. Not as sure of the count as we were successful in ‘farming’ out the collection to more folks! Yea! More new hives in more yards. The last swarm we caught was a hurry up rush job. Folks called about 8:00p and we just did get them into a box before we lost light. Bit tight! Good bees and they’re established in the yard and growing well.
The yard is up to 9 hives now. 3 that overwintered well from last season, 3 new packages started this season, one Taranov Swarm from one of the over winters and a couple of the late season swarms.
That Taranov board is a neat trick – if you’re not familiar with it, well worth looking that up and giving it a go. It is time intensive, but it’s gentle on the bees and gives good results. We pulled a ‘swarm’ from our #1 hive. They had queen cells, mated and she’s back to laying and building up already.
Next step – harvest! We’re tentatively looking at a mid to late Aug harvest. Want to leave enough time for them to store up a bit more before frost as well as do all this when it’s warm enough for that stuff to flow in our gear.
We’ve the Wyoming State Fair coming up – been asked to do a booth there to talk about Urban beekeeping. Not sure what that’s going to look like, yet. But we’ll give it a go.
So, until later – happy bees!