Sunday, April 22, 2012

Can You Believe It?

We're STILL not in the house...but we're closer!  Thankfully, I'm a bit of an eternal optimist...but I do get tired...

This will be our looks finished doesn't it?

Nothing that says you can't have a beer and enjoy the view before getting your Use & Occupancy Permit!

At least the bees are already enjoying their house.

Yesterday I installed this mesh grid that's called a Queen Excluder.  Apparently, this'll keep the queen in the bottom of the hive - she's the only bee that's too portly to get through the bars.  

I held this frame up to the light so you can see - the dark sections are where they've already filled the cells with honey.

These cells are filled with honey and capped off with wax.

After the cells are capped, the honey thickens up.

We're bees, doing bee things.

This is the hive.  The two bottom sections are called 'brood supers.'  Those are pretty much left alone so that the bees can reproduce there and all that jazz.  The next thing up is the side of the queen excluder.  The top two sections are called 'honey supers'.  You guessed it - that's where the bees store the honey, and then we steal it from them because it is delicious.

I've decided that theft is the sincerest form of flattery...and felony or misdemeanor (depending on what was stolen...)