Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bee Escape in Action: Not Quite Used As Intended; July 09, 2014

July 09, 2014
And so started the bees' "Summer of Discontent".

Jeez, I didn't leave the standard of honey alone for that long with that flimsy coroplast lid guarding the sticky goodness contained within. The bees went bonkers. So did I. There it was, a lonely standard of honey, sitting on its own, now holding a nucs' worth of robber bees. Two steps forward, one step back.

In 2013, there was no such problem. Boxes were stacked; and if left in the yard for any period of time: taped up. In 2014, the bees were more aggressive, (I surmise because a hot spell prematurely killed the honey flow). Tape peeled off boxes I ran out of spouse-friendly honey box storage, and generally mismanaged the whole affair. By the time I had resigned myself to enclosing each box in a clear leaf-bag, too much time - and honey - had been wasted. On the bright side, Donna took pity on me and I ended up with a brand new beekeeping shed!


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