Summer Waning Summer Moon
Today the queen excluder goes on my three hives after I shift the bottom to the top and the top to the bottom. On top of the queen excluder goes two honey supers. A honey super has half the depth of a hive box. The queen excluder makes sure there is no brood in the part of the hive from which I will harvest the honey.
The bee keepers refer to this as the fun part, but I’ve enjoyed the whole process so far. The learning curve, steep at times, has leveled off right now. I can work the smoker, know how to check frames and have mastered at least some of the know how necessary to bee keeping. The next lesson comes during the honey flow work. After the honey flow stops in the fall, there is the question of hive maintenance over winter. Over wintering comes later. Now, the honey.