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October 31st, 2009

Haven't been blogging simply because we have been pulling honey all week. We are almost done, 1 more day and we should be able to finish up. Every morning after we leave to pull honey I think to myself - I should have brought the camera to take a few pictures for the blog...but alas I keep forgetting. Hopefully I will remember to bring it when we head out to finish up next week.

My son has been doing a good job...I had my concerns that he would run out of steam before we finished but he has surprised me and kept right up with us. Once he gets his driver's license he will become invaluable for us.

Hap-bee Halloween everyone!

October 28th, 2009

I didn't blog yesterday because we finally started pulling honey from our own hives! We got 3 sites done and it looks like we are going to do ok with production this year despite all the rain we had during the spring and summer. Speaking of rain...we won't be working out today because it is raining steadily here this morning. We had some new help yesterday...my 14 year old son went out to help us and despite the fact he got stung half a dozen times he says that he had fun. This is a good thing! I have been hoping that he would take an interest in the bees and it looks like he is going to be the 4th generation beekeeper...yeah! I sure hope we can get the other 7 sites done before it starts snowing!

October 24th, 2009

I had a busy day yesterday and never got a chance to post anything...sorry!

We finally got some cut comb honey in and I worked on that most of the day just to fill back orders. I also had to change a tire on our delivery van and change the oil in it for the up coming delivery week. The week after next week our driver will be heading to Florida to pick up some drums of Tupelo honey. We are happy that we to be able to get it!

Today I have been working on shipped orders and we have had a lot of beekeepers bringing in honey supers to be extracted or they are stopping in to pick up their finished orders. I'm also printing labels which is an every day thing for me.

When I got to work this morning I had a visitor...

I had to move him because he was in an area where he would get run over for sure.

October 22nd, 2009

We bottled over 3500 lbs. of honey mostly into jars this morning. After that was finished I strained and bottled some honey that we extracted for a local beekeeper. Once I got that done I totally switched gears and have been repairing a Senco staple gun for a local contractor. I know that may seem a little weird, but years ago we were a dealer for Senco because we used a lot of their products in assembling our bee supplies and we also sold nails, staples and the guns themselves to local contractors and other beekeepers. We got into repairing the staple and nail guns also and even though we sell very few Senco products any more I will still fix the guns for local guys.

The observation hive that we combined the two colonies in still haven't joined forces yet. It looks like the bees that were in the hive originally have all spread out near the top of the hive and the bees that we added are near the bottom. Hopefully they will get together before the winter sets in.

October 21st, 2009

1:00 PM - We bottled a batch of Buckwheat honey this morning and I have been printing thousands of labels for customers and ourselves. We really need to get out and start pulling our honey off of the hives, but we need to get some honey run ahead of time so that we don't have to run honey while we are trying to extract. I just hope that we can get it done before bad weather sets in. Speaking of bad weather...what strange weather we have been having, it snowed last week and then the temperature dropped down to the low 20's and today it is in the upper 60's...just weird!

October 20th, 2009

8:00 AM - I'm back from my "vacation"...I spent most of the week fixing and painting a 2001 Cavalier for my daughter...now I feel like a need a real vacation.

4:45 PM - The first day back is always hard! I have had so much to do that there was no way that I could get it all done in one day, plus I gave a tour this afternoon to a very nice couple from down state PA, then we had a beekeeper drop off some honey supers to be extracted...so I've been busy which is a good thing!

October 11th, 2009

I helped my Uncle pull his honey supers off the hives yesterday afternoon and it looks like he is going to average around 100 pounds per hive...I hope we can do the same!

October 10th, 2009

8:20 AM - Good Morning!

I watched this video on MSN this morning...YOU GO HONEYBEES!

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=msn%20video&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:a0df0f5c-2372-447f-9660-6a3d1f418108&showPlaylist=true&from=IV2_en-us_v11HP&fg=gtlv2

12:00 PM - The observation hives have settled down are are looking good. I found the queen in the one observation hive but I haven't been able to spot the queen in the one that we combined the two hives in. Which isn't all that unusual because that hive has the wooden panel in the middle with the little doors in it that we use to get to the bees for bee venom therapy, that panel really restricts the view so the queen can easily hide behind it.

It looks like we have some cool weather coming in for next week but I don't think that will effect my vacation any as don't plan on being outside anyway...the plan is to get my daughter's car painted and go out to dinner with my wife for her birthday.

1:15 PM - I just posted our video on how to set up an electric fence around your bee yard on You Tube. I did the video back in the 80's sometime...I look so funny. I ended up having to cut 3 minutes off the video to get it under the 10 minute limit. I cut the introduction, an item list and the credits so most of the video is still intact.

Link to Bear Fence Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udd1PQ_YVz8

October 9th, 2009

What a day...we had to run a tank of honey this morning to meet an order that has to be delivered next week. The problem is that we bottle honey in the same room that we extract in, so we were trying to bottle and Anatoliy was trying to extract at the same time...therefore it wasn't easy for either of us and on top of that I had some problems with our inline strainer so it took 4 hours to run a tank that should have only taken 2 hours to finish. When I finally got cleaned up then something went wrong with the uncapping machine and I had to take that all apart to fix it. We almost always have problems with the uncapper when we first start it up. We only use it in the fall so it sits most of the year unused and things tend to stiffen up or need adjustments.

We had some very high winds earlier this week in our area. I worked on picking up all of the branches in my yard last night after work and I swear that if I put all the branches and twigs together I would have an entire tree! I even had a leaf drift (like a snow drift) up against the side of my house that was 8 inches deep. I raked them up and put them in the garden and then drove over them with my lawn tractor with the mulch attachment on and I have to say that it worked great! I will till the mulched leaves into the soil hopefully this weekend.

I've decided to take my last week of vacation for this year next week...so most likely I won't be blogging at all. My wife's birthday is next weekend and the kids have a day off from school so we are going to try to do something fun. When I come back from vacation we are going to go out and pull honey off of our hives...I need to get rested up next week. We use all deep supers for our honey and they can weight in at over 90 lbs. if they are full of honey...my back is crying already.

October 8th, 2009

This morning I finally got around to cleaning up both of the observation hives. If at all possible I like to get the glass cleaned off and add a frame of honey if needed to the hives before winter. Last year it got cold fast and I wasn't able to get it done which makes spring clean up harder. In the picture below you can see all of the wax that's on the glass. There is something about the Goldenrod honey that makes the bees put more wax on the glass...I don't know why but every fall they almost cover the entire surface of the glass with wax.

I took the bees out and put them into a nuc box. It took me a full hour to properly clean the hive up. Using a razor blade scraper I got the wax off the glass and then I hosed the whole thing down with hot water. After drying it off I put the bees back into hive. I then started on our Bee Venom Therapy hive which needed more then just cleaning. I noticed that the queen was laying all drones which is a bad thing right before winter, so we decided to replace her and add some worker bees to build them up. We depend on this hive for bees to sting people with during the winter months. Below is a picture of the hive. We get the bees through the 3 little doors in the middle.

You can see my reflection in the glass...I do have on my bee suit but I still managed to get stung at least 10 times. We took some bees and a queen from another hive and placed them into the observation hive after I got it cleaned up. The bees that were originally in the hive I shook out in front of the entrance in hopes that they would join forces with the new bees. So far they seem to be getting along just fine...I think the old bees are happy to see that they have a good queen before winter sets in. Below are the what was left of the older bees on their way back in to the hive.

October 7th, 2009

I'm back to work after a long weekend. Since I worked 13 days in a row without a break the boss was nice enough to give me Tuesday off also. Because I was gone an extra day more stuff has piled up on my desk though. I spent this morning printing labels and giving a tour, after lunch I packed up an observation hive to be shipped to Georgia and then went back to printing labels.

Our Ukrainian beekeeping friend finished bringing in his honey supers to extract while I was gone. He will be here this weekend to extract the honey. Below is a picture of the honey house with his 300 + supers to be extracted.

It sure has been windy today...leaves blowing all over the place. I even had to move a fallen tree out of the driveway when I went to lunch. The only good thing about the wind is that there aren't any bees flying around here today. Bill told me that yesterday there were so many bees flying around that some customers wouldn't even get out of their cars. I can understand how intimidating thousands of bees flying around can be, however when honeybees are away from their hive they are very docile.

October 3rd, 2009

It's nice to see the sun this morning! The bees are already flying and it looks like it is going to be a a perfect fall day. I plan on raking some leaves when I get out of here today.

I've been working on shipped orders and printing labels this morning plus I've had a couple of walk in customers. Someone called and asked directions on how to get here...not sure if they want a tour or are just stopping in to pick up some honey...I guess I'll find out.

October 2nd, 2009

We had a light frost last night and it's been very cool and rainy all day today...the kind of day where one just wants to take a nap by the fireplace...zzzzzzz...sorry dosed off thinking about the nice warm fireplace at home...zzzzzzz.

I only had 4 shipped orders go out today so I was finally able to work on the wholesale honey orders.

Our driver Archie got back this afternoon from making deliveries in the Philadelphia area. He brought back some barrels of honey that we have to sample and assign a lot number to. Next week's deliveries will be in the New York City area. I have to give Archie a lot of credit...I wouldn't want to be driving in the cities every week...too stressful. I'm afraid I would be like one of those people that suffer from road rage. I get rather upset with people who don't know how to drive. Luckily we live in the middle of nowhere and I don't have too many problems...but oh boy if I had to drive in the city every week...let's just say I would probably get into trouble.

Our Ukrainian beekeeping friend, other wise know as Anatoliy, stopped in today to see if we were ready for him to start bringing in his honey supers to extract. He used to work for us as our head beekeeper a few years back and now has his own hives. We let him and his family extract their honey here at our place and we then purchase all of that honey. When he starts bringing in the supers I will take a couple pictures. Below is a picture of our honey house as we are getting it cleaned up for extracting.

October 1st, 2009

I think today has been my busiest day yet this week...I never even got a chance to take a lunch break. We bottled the tank of Buckwheat this morning and then I worked most of the day doing shipped orders that included a few thousand custom printed labels. I nearly filled the U.P.S. truck today! I've only had a couple of walk in customers. The phones were as busy as yesterday if not more so. The truck with our pallet of Honeystixs finally showed up this afternoon. I had Betty make up some 160ct packs of the Clover Honeystix so that I could fill some backorders and ship them. I haven't even gotten to the wholesale orders yet. I has taken me 1 1/2 hours to type this paragraph...man it's time to go home!

September 30th, 2009

8:30 AM - Had a busy day yesterday; the phones were very active, I had a lot of orders to ship, we got in a load of bee supplies that I had to sort through and I even gave a tour.

I need to get some labels printed this morning and then I need to work on wholesale honey orders.

1:00 PM - I haven't been able to get to the wholesale orders yet because of all the shipped orders that keep coming in...which is great but I'm not making any headway on the wholesale orders. I decided to have Al turn on the Buckwheat tank so that we can bottle it tomorrow morning. I hope that that decision doesn't turn out badly...I'm afraid that we will end up with all kinds of walk in customers tomorrow while we are trying to run honey. I'm thinking of having my son skip school to help out.

4:00 PM - The phones have been ringing every few minutes for the last 2 hours and it's getting hard to concentrate on any one thing...I just hope that I'm not making any mistakes!

It's very cool out outside today in fact cool enough that I haven't seen a single bee out flying around...I'm guessing that we may have a frost tonight.

September 28th, 2009

1:00 PM - I've had a very busy morning and I'm glad that I worked some yesterday and that I came in early this morning to start working on shipped orders. I have all the shipped orders done as of 1:00 PM but I'm sure more will come in as the day goes on.

I have Al working on sorting propolis chunks, he has to look through all the chunks by hand to look for anything that isn't propolis and then we will freeze it for a few days. I am also having him get ready for extracting by moving equipment out of the extracting area and cleaning up over there.

4:30 PM - I've only had 1 walk in customer all day which has been great because I had to ship an order of 11 - 5 gallon pails of Blackstrap Molasses to Oregon and it took some time to pack it all up. The shipping cost more then the molasses did...ouch!

It's been raining on and off all day but the sun is out right now and so are the bees. They are flying around the honey house trying to get in to steal some honey.

September 26th, 2009

I'm trying to get everything done that I can today to make it easier for me on Monday. Mondays are notoriously stressful days! I had a beekeeper bring in some honey to be extracted...which I will have Al do on Monday, plus we need to run a tank of honey next week sometime but since there are 2 people on vacation it may be hard to accomplish. I would stay and work after hours today or even come in tomorrow but we have company coming this afternoon and then Sunday we have to go to a family get together. My son is home schooled so I may have to pull him away from his schooling to come and help me out.

September 25th, 2009

Another busy day...we ran Clover honey this morning. Plus we had a lot of customers call in yesterday and today wanting custom labeled honey for their stores this next week, so we have been running and labeling all their orders all day. It's 4:50 now and we still have to load the delivery van for next weeks run.

I'm not looking forward to being here on my own this next week...I'm afraid that I'm going to get a lot of walk in tours and it will be hard for me to give tours with the phones ringing and orders to do...we will see.

September 24th, 2009

I can't believe how busy we have been! We ran honey again this morning, this time a batch of Tupelo and all into jars again. After we finished bottling the honey I had to replace a valve in front of one of our honey tanks, the darn thing was leaking and it wasn't an easy job! I had to heat up the union with a torch and then with a large pipe wrench with a 4 foot piece of pipe on the handle I jumped up and down on it until it finally broke loose. I ended up having to replace not only the valve but the union and two small pieces of pipe. Hopefully I won't have to replace the other two tank valves any time soon but it seems that things do happen in threes around here.

The bees are still working on the Goldenrod and Asters, but the blooms are nearing their end. There are more and more bees hanging out around the buildings here now which is an indicator that there isn't as much for them to work on out in the field. We have a sign between our buildings that says "Bee Crossing" that looks like the road signs that says "Deer Crossing" and very soon people stopping in are going to see why we have that sign there. Once the flowers are all done blooming there will be thousands of bees just flying around the buildings looking for some free honey to take back to the hive.

Bill and Bonnie will be going on vacation next week thus I will be here all by myself. The reason we have been running honey every day is partial due to the fact that they will be gone next week...kind of hard for me to run honey all alone. We will be running a batch of Clover honey tomorrow, but most of it will be going into 5 gallon pails so it will go much faster then when we have to bottle it into jars.

I friend of ours named Fred, who is also a beekeeper emailed me the picture below and I thought it was pretty cool and I wanted to share the coolness...lol. We had gotten the call to do this bee removal from a house, but we were too busy to get to it, so I referred the job over to Fred and as you can see it was a fairy large colony of bees. The brown capped cells are all baby bees waiting to hatch out...that's hundreds of bees under the wax capping!

September 23rd, 2009

10:15 AM - Once again...I was so busy yesterday that I didn't get a chance to post. We bottled honey in the morning and because we are a man short this week I had to prep the tank first thing in the morning, help bottle the over 2 tons of honey into jars, and then clean up after we were done...needless to say that took up most of my day. I spent the late afternoon answering emails and working on labels.

This morning I had to color grade another 11 drums of honey. As I type this my label printer is printing an order of 1500 labels that needs to be shipped this afternoon. As soon as I get done printing this order then I have to print lot numbers for tomorrows honey run...we will be bottling Tupelo honey.

3:30 PM - I got all the labels printed and have been working on vehicle maintenance. I had to change a fuel filter and I always hate that job because I always end up with gasoline running down my arm and/or in my face...yuk!

It feels like there is storm moving in...which is ok...if it's nice out when I get home I always feel the need to work on outside things, but tonight I have an inside job to work on so if it's raining I won't feel pressured to work outside...does that make sense?

September 19th, 2009

It is an absolutely perfect day out there! Been busy this morning working on orders and I did have one tour.

I will be heading out shortly to go to my brother-in-law's wedding.

Have a Good Weekend!

September 18th, 2009

I got so busy yesterday that I never got a chance to post on the blog.

Today I had a tour of home schooled kids and their parents. It was a good day to give a tour although I did manage to get myself stung right on top on my head in the middle of the tour. I swear the bees are out to get me whenever I'm giving a tour. The kids had lots of good questions and I think they all had fun. The tour this morning will be the last one for a while because we will start extracting soon so I will be too busy to give tours and the fact is that once we get a frost there will be thousands of bees flying around the business which can be quite intimidating to non beekeepers.

I got that honey that I had extracted strained and packed into jars today. Below is a picture of the pail full of honey that had been sitting in the hot room for the last couple of days. The wax has floated to the top.

 

Using a scoop I got out most of the wax.

I then dumped the pail of honey through some strainer bags and into our bottler.

I got distracted and forgot to get a picture of the bottling process...sorry! I packed the honey into 112 - 8 oz. glass jars. I labeled the jars and called the customer to tell him that his honey was ready. I tasted the honey and this is the second batch we have had in here that had a different taste, not a bad taste...just different. I believe is from the Jewel Weed plant that the bees were working so hard on a few weeks ago.

I have to get out of here on time tonight because I have to go to a wedding rehearsal for my brother-in-law. The wedding is tomorrow afternoon but I have to work in the morning therefore I have to be out of here a 1:00 PM so if you are planning on stopping in tomorrow...please don't show up at 12:55 because I will have to hurry you out the door!

September 16th, 2009

I have been very busy today!

I started out this morning color grading some honey that we got in from a beekeeper in New Hampshire.

I had to open every drum and take out a sample so that I could check the color, moisture content and flavor of the honey inside. The honey was produced last year and therefore was crystallized. I had to reliquefy the honey in the microwave so that I could an accurate color measurement. 

I put a sample of the liquefied honey in the devise pictured below and by turning a knob I match the color of the honey with a color on the scale. All the honey in the different drums measured somewhere between 70mm and 80mm which is pretty dark. The honey didn't have a distinctive flavor so we will use it to make a very nice wildflower honey. I labeled each drum with a lot number and now it will sit in the warehouse until we need it.

Once I had finished with the color grading I moved on to extracting honey for a local beekeeper. There were only a few supers to so so I uncapped all the frames by hand using the tool pictured below. All I have to do is break the cappings to expose the honey underneath.

After uncapping the frames I put them into our small extractor to spin the honey out. The extractor was spinning at 600 rpm when I took the picture...my camera did a pretty good job stopping the action.

Below is the honey running out into a pail that we will then strain and put into jars for the customer. The honey was mostly Goldenrod with a little bit of something else that I couldn't identify with certainty...but it is all good!

4:45 PM - I just had a question emailed to me and I thought it may be of some use, so below is the question and my reply.

Royal,

Enjoyed pictures of your extracting, Question, with such a small amount, why not strain it as it's going into the pail, or do you have a better way that might be easier for us small beekeepers?

Gene
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Gene,

The only problem I have had with trying to strain the honey as it runs into a pail is that as vicious as the honey is when its cold it just takes to long. Here's what I do after I fill the pail; I move the pail to a warm location to let the beeswax float to the top overnight. The next morning I will skim the wax off the top and then dump the warm honey through a couple of nylon strainer bags directly into a water jacketed bottling tank. That warm location in our case is our hot room where we reliquefy drums of honey; the temperature is typically around 90F. I know a couple of small beekeepers that have created their own "hot room" using an old refrigerator or freezer and just placing a couple of 100 watt light bulbs inside. Our nylon strainer bags are made from scrap material that is used to make curtain sheers. If you have someone there that is handy at sewing they could make you a set of the bags to fit your needs.

September 15th, 2009

I started this morning by...you guessed it...printing labels.

The bees are packing honey in like crazy today! I can hear the bees flying 100 feet before I get to the bee hives.

I just finished giving a tour to a very nice young woman that is on route to California from Boston...on her bicycle!  She saw our sign and thought it would be a nice place to stop and see. She told me that she is taking 4 months off to go on this trip and that she will be camping out and or staying with people at night all the way out...no hotels. That's one brave woman...best of luck to you Victoria!

The extracting jobs are coming in now. I will be extracting tomorrow and I'll try to take a couple of pictures.

September 12th, 2009

It was really slow this morning but around 11:00 AM I had like 20 people show up all at the same time. I gave a couple of them bee stings in their joints, then sold some bee supplies and honey, then gave a tour and extracted some honey. That was the time that the phones started ringing also but now that all the customers are gone the phone has stopped ringing...it seems that today is an all or nothing day.

September 11th, 2009

It's raining a little today and honestly we really need a little rain at this point. What would be nice is a little rain for a couple of days and then another 2 weeks of sun and warm weather. That would give the bees more time to produce another 50 lbs of honey for us!

First thing this morning I had to go to Wellsboro, PA and give a lecture about the bees to some school kids...it went great! The kids were extremely well behaved and very polite.

I hope everyone can take a minute to say a pray for the survivors and the families that lost some one in the tragedy that took place 8 years ago on this day. I was loading one of our vans with honey to be delivered to wholesale customers in Ohio when I heard about the first plane hitting the tower on the radio...scary stuff. Hug you kids!

September 10th, 2009

Today things were a little more settled. We did bottle another tank of honey today but mostly into 5 gallon containers so it went much faster then yesterday. I've printed labels...like I do every day and we worked on getting orders ready for next weeks deliveries. Al was out today mowing the bee yards and checking the electric fences that we use to keep the bears away from the beehives. So far this year we haven't had any bear problems.

We are going to have a busy week next week; we will be heading up to New Hampshire on Tuesday to pick up 8 drums of honey, then to Ohio to make a special honey delivery to one of our wholesale customers, then to take raw beeswax to trade it in on beeswax foundations at Dadant's, plus our normal wholesale honey deliveries up through New England. Also my wife's brother is getting married on Saturday and I'm in the wedding. I'm looking forward to winter and maybe a little break but of course we still have extracting to do before I can take a break...I guess we should be thankful to be busy the way things are right now...and we are!

September 9th, 2009

We are always busy but today we have just been overwhelmed with things to do. I started the morning by straining the honey that I extracted yesterday. We then bottling 2200 lbs of this years Tulip Poplar all into jars...that took awhile. I also had a rush order for some Orange Blossom honey that had to be bottled, labeled and shipped today for the up coming Jewish New Year celebrations. We even shipped out a new extractor and lots of retail honey orders by U.P.S. On top of all of this we have had quite a few walk in customers. We've just started working on the wholesale honey orders to be delivered next week and there is a lot of them to do yet. I didn't get to take a break until nearly 2:00 PM and now that it's nearing the end of the work day I'm ready to go home and "crash"! I had a person stop in today to get a couple of bee stings on her thumbs...she said the ones she got last year really helped her arthritis. Maybe I need a bee sting or two to get me going!

We only got one swarm call today...hopefully the bees will stop all of this crazy late season swarming soon.

September 8th, 2009

Hope you all had a fun weekend! We were very busy around our house, not with partying, but yard work and the like.

With the extra day tacked onto the weekend we have really had a lot to do today. I of course have been printing labels like crazy. I dumped 4 pails of Clover honey into the bottler this morning so it could warm up a little. We need to bottle it into some 1 lb. jars and apply a custom label for multiple wholesale customers. I have also done some extracting this afternoon for a local beekeeper. There is only 1 super but they want the honey stained and packed into jars so I've been working on that also.

We continue to get swarm calls which is really unusual for this late in the season. The bees are still working the Goldenrod and Bamboo and now that the Aster has started to open the bees are all over it. There are a lot of different types of Aster but the one pictured below is the most recognizable.

September 4th, 2009

I started my morning having to be a plumber...I walked into the building to find water on the floor. One of the water lines leading to a sink was leaking. After shutting the water off and looking at the problem I decided to replace the hard line from the shutoff value to the sink with a flexible line. It really has needed to be done for some time because whoever had plumbed it originally hooked the lines up wrong...the hot side of the facet was actually cold and vise a versa. Everyone here knew it therefore it wasn't a big deal, but if a customer uses the sink...they get a surprise. Just so you know...I untucked my shirt before working on the sink to avoid the unavoidable plumber's crack that occurs when working under sinks.

We bottled honey again this morning...it's been an everyday thing this week.

We are trying to get all of the wholesale orders done today and get the van loaded for our driver before the holiday weekend.

It looks like it is going to be a great weekend here in PA - I hope you all have a great weekend!

September 3rd, 2009

We ran honey again today...a lot of jars! We are starting to get in orders for honey with custom printed labels on them for the Jewish New Year which starts on September 18th...I believe.

Our driver picked up 10 drums of honey in Georgia earlier this week and got in last evening. Dad and I unloaded them this morning. We are hoping that it is a good quality Tulip Poplar. We have to open up each drum and test the honey...check the color, moisture, flavor, etc.. I may get to it this afternoon or Al may do it. I need to go and service some of our vehicles before I can get to the honey.

4:10 PM - I had to change the oil in 3 of our vehicles plus check everything out...I sure am dirty!

September 2nd, 2009

It was cool again last night but it sure has been an fantastic day.

We ran honey this morning and I have once again been working on labels most of the day, although I did have time to fix an electrical plug end on our wax bottler.

We are almost out of queens for this year, we only have 3 left in stock and once they are going we will be done selling queens until next spring. I'm surprised that we have continued to sell queens this late in the season.

After making my comment yesterday about extracting for local beekeepers, we have received two calls wanted to know if they can bring in their honey supers to be extracted.

September 1st, 2009

It sure got cold here last night...this morning when I got up our thermometer read 42 F. I sure hope we don't get an early frost this year...the bees still need a little more time to store up some honey...well really we just want them to have more time to make honey for us!

Today I have been busy printing labels and I have a feeling that I'm going to be kept busy printing labels this fall.

We should start receiving honey supers from the local beekeepers that don't have an extractor themselves soon. We will sometimes just extract it right into a pail or we might strain it for them into a pail or sometimes we will even stain the honey, pack it into jars and the print and affix custom labels to the jars for them.

We did get a swarm call this afternoon and we sent Al over to get it. He hasn't returned yet...hope it was honeybees and not yellow jackets. - Al made it back and by the time he got there the swarm was gone...wasted trip.


 

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Thank You for coming to our site, and I hope that you enjoyed it!
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If you have any questions about this website you can contact me directly at: webmaster@draperbee.com
Thank You for coming to our site, and I hope that you enjoyed it!
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Home / Bee-Cam / Main Supplies Page / Woodenware / Foundation
Protective Gear & Equipment / Extracting Equipment / Misc. Supplies / Pest & Disease Controls
Containers / Custom Printed Labels / Observation Hives / Videos / Used Equipment
Beekeeping books / New Items Package Bees & Queens / Hot Topics / Beginners Kit /
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These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you have any questions about this website you can contact me directly at: webmaster@draperbee.com
Thank You for coming to our site, and I hope that you enjoyed it!
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Home / Bee-Cam / Main Supplies Page / Woodenware / Foundation
Protective Gear & Equipment / Extracting Equipment / Misc. Supplies / Pest & Disease Controls
Containers / Custom Printed Labels / Observation Hives / Videos / Used Equipment
Beekeeping books / New Items Package Bees & Queens / Hot Topics / Beginners Kit /
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he statements on this web site have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you have any questions about this website you can contact me directly at: webmaster@draperbee.com
Thank You for coming to our site, and I hope that you enjoyed it!
Royal W. Draper