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OT - Honey is HERE!! - OT

Greetings friends!!

the backyard bees have FINALLY given some precious honey to me. Five gallons. Not a shabby amount. 

It’s all over the place now.. haha

8-Damien

Large BGE and Medium BGE
36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,262
    That's quite a haul! Color me jealous. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,974
    Good grief, I don't think I've eaten 5 gal of honey in my lifetime.  Nice haul!  
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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,488
    that's cool
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    1-XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
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  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 5,441
    Great haul!! Gotta love nature.
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 1,337
    That looks great,  nice to see that the bees are active.  Local honey is the healthiest, especially for allergy prevention, so I’m told.

    I need to pick some up, but that would mean I have to go outside.
    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010), Mini Max (2015), LBGE garden pot
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 20,663
    yes! that is so awesome. That's several hundo worth of honey- good bees.
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • ColbyLangColbyLang Posts: 668
    Damn, how many bees to make 5 gallons? That’s an incredible score! You gonna need a lotta them little bears
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,854
    Right on! Great haul. 

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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 4,188
    nice score!
    Do they make a 2nd batch in a year?
    aka marysvilleksegghead
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 17,445
    I'd be happy to take some of that off your hands, Damien - if you're selling.   Just PM me to arrange.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

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  • bubbajackbubbajack Posts: 577
    That sweet nectar, good for food and healing wounds. You have been kililng it lately...
    I drink cheap beer so I can afford good bourbon.

    Salisbury, NC...... XL,L,M,S, MM, Mini BGE, FireDisc x2
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,974
    A more general question (I'm not that familiar with beekeeping):
    I'm assuming, in the "natural order", a hive produces enough honey to feed its young, plus keep the hive going over the winter months.  When a hooman comes in and takes 5 gallons, what happens?  Do the bees go into overdrive, collecting more?  Or lay fewer larvae?  Or put them on Atkin's?  
     
    For that matter, how does this work with milking cows?  Seems even after the Holstein calves are made into veal, the Ma's still line up to be milked.  
     
    I realize I'm kinda old to not know how this works....? :blush: 
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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,183
    Mead. Make it happen!
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,420
    @Botch, cows have to have calves born in order to lactate. After the young get turned into Osso Bucco the cows are bred again.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,183
    @Botch a hive generally makes a surplus of honey and that is what we take to harvest. In Ohio a hive going into winter should weigh about 200lbs. 
      As fall rolls around the queen will produce less brood because they will not need a full workforce going into winter. Late fall she will quit laying all together and they will literally push the drones out of the hive and not allow them back in.  Overwinter they will cluster together, eat honey, and vibrate their bodies to create heat and survive winter.  
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,974
    @Botch a hive generally makes a surplus of honey and that is what we take to harvest. In Ohio a hive going into winter should weigh about 200lbs. 
      As fall rolls around the queen will produce less brood because they will not need a full workforce going into winter. Late fall she will quit laying all together and they will literally push the drones out of the hive and not allow them back in.  Overwinter they will cluster together, eat honey, and vibrate their bodies to create heat and survive winter.  
    Thanks.
    And my sick mind envisions a bunch of homeless drones shivering under a bridge somewhere... :lol:  
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    Ogden, Utard.  
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,302
    edited August 1
    I learned a few weeks back that an old friend runs a honey business throughout Minnesota. I didn't realize different locations of hives can cause different flavors of honey. So he has locations all throughout Minnesota. He's been working with solar companies to set up hives in solar fields. He now produces solar honey. He's been mentioned in National Geographic and Martha Stewart. Which is pretty neat. 

    http://boltonbees.com/solar-honey-1

    I've never thought much about honey prior. After reading about his honey or in general, it's cool to see a post like this. Very cool and thanks for sharing!

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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,183
    Interesting stuff @WeberWho
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 767
    A coworker keeps bees, and has roughly 8-10 boxes around southeastern Nebraska. The honey he makes is ridiculously good.  Mixed with bbq sauce is heavenly.

      He invited me to come with him when he harvested and I nearly did until he showed me his drenched beekeeping suit from the weekend before when it was 97 and humid.  Hard pass, man.  That’s rough work. 

    Congrats on your haul!  Gotta be satisfying!

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 10,684
    I'd be happy to take some of that off your hands, Damien - if you're selling.   Just PM me to arrange.
    Parking lot honey is the best.
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    Legume said:
    I'd be happy to take some of that off your hands, Damien - if you're selling.   Just PM me to arrange.
    Parking lot honey is the best.
    “Vacation” honey lmao
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    ColbyLang said:
    Damn, how many bees to make 5 gallons? That’s an incredible score! You gonna need a lotta them little bears
    That’s two eight frame honey supers off of one hive. 

    16 frames. Pretty good!!
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    loco_engr said:
    nice score!
    Do they make a 2nd batch in a year?
    Great question. :) I’ll take the supers off at the end of August, after goldenrod bloom is over. 
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    Botch said:
    A more general question (I'm not that familiar with beekeeping):
    I'm assuming, in the "natural order", a hive produces enough honey to feed its young, plus keep the hive going over the winter months.  When a hooman comes in and takes 5 gallons, what happens?  Do the bees go into overdrive, collecting more?  Or lay fewer larvae?  Or put them on Atkin's?  
     
    For that matter, how does this work with milking cows?  Seems even after the Holstein calves are made into veal, the Ma's still line up to be milked.  
     
    I realize I'm kinda old to not know how this works....? :blush: 
    @Botch a hive generally makes a surplus of honey and that is what we take to harvest. In Ohio a hive going into winter should weigh about 200lbs. 
      As fall rolls around the queen will produce less brood because they will not need a full workforce going into winter. Late fall she will quit laying all together and they will literally push the drones out of the hive and not allow them back in.  Overwinter they will cluster together, eat honey, and vibrate their bodies to create heat and survive winter.  
    Nailed it AA. I run queen excluders. So - brood and hive supplies are in the bottom two boxes. When the honey flow stops, I’ll make sure the two brood boxes have ample wintering supplies. Hopefully. 
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • DoglegdaveDoglegdave Posts: 29
    Placing two hives on my farm Saturday.  Hope to eventually build up to 10+.  It’s the right thing to do for the environment, but the honey’s a plus and then there’s the ag exemption.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,183
    Study varroa mite if you are getting into bees. Also most states have a inspection program that is very helpful, you can register your apiary with the state. 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    Study varroa mite if you are getting into bees. Also most states have a inspection program that is very helpful, you can register your apiary with the state. 
    So far, my peat has been &$%#! small hive beetles. 
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 4,188
    I joined sierra club a few years ago to hopefully help with CCD. 
    In return they sent me a packet of flower seeds bees like.
    I gave them to a bee keeper next town over.
    aka marysvilleksegghead
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009

    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'

    Bob Hope:

    When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap

  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,183
    @MaskedMarvel SHB are a pita especially the maggots can destroy a absconded hive leaving a massive disgusting mess.  If you have SHB in your supers make sure you freeze or otherwise tend to the frames before storing because they will destroy them, also wax moths will ruin good drawn foundation. 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,792
    @MaskedMarvel SHB are a pita especially the maggots can destroy a absconded hive leaving a massive disgusting mess.  If you have SHB in your supers make sure you freeze or otherwise tend to the frames before storing because they will destroy them, also wax moths will ruin good drawn foundation. 
    Im running traps, beetle gates, and swifter sheets. 

    Wish me luck. 
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


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