Last spring we started keeping bees for the first time.
It has been a learning experience, most of it fun and good. Like the 35 lbs of honey our best hive gave us! Getting stung on the ankle made E unhappy but otherwise it hasn’t been too bad really.
Thirty five lbs of honey amounts to about 15 frames worth, and there are 9 frames per super so you can calculate that each super might give a bit over 20 lbs. Why is that important?–I guess because as you get on a few years you wonder how much lifting all this is going to take. The deep hives are heavier, upwards of 60 lbs. Fortunately they don’t have to move much; we did a rotation on both hive moving the top to the bottom, the middle up, and the bottom to the middle (if I recall correctly). So that wasn’t too bad at that.
We also had some help from the youngsters.
Now for some fun…how are those bees going to survive a Minnesota winter?? I’ll be assisting E in a few days as we winterize the hives and post that soon.
We will put some black store-bought cardboard insulators on the hives as well as moisture boards on top and close all the holes except for the topmost opening. The bees have a supply of their own honey and pollen to eat and manage to keep themselves warm by beating their wings for the duration of winter. I hope for there sake it isn’t too long a winter…
Any one else have northern bee keeping experiences or tips or tragedies to share?