July 21st Hive Check

July 21st was our next hive check. We knew from our last hive check with the Sanders that all the hives were doing good so we were just checking to make sure they had space and still had queens.


Abigail smokes all the hives. Three of the hives had two supers on at this point.




Here is Abigail smoking the top of her hive. We only checked Green Gables, Lakti, and Maylyn. (The three hives with supers.)




Abigail started looking into her top super as Bethany started opening her hive up.




Abigail is seeing how much honey is on her frame. In order to harvest as much of the honey as possible, most of the honey should be capped. The frame Abigail is holding is not ready to be extracted because half of the frame is not capped.




Bethany inspected Lakti’s top super. They had frames that were not filled up at all. They had some frames ready for extraction, but not as many as Green Gables.




Mom started to inspect Maylyn. For an established hive Maylyn did not have as much honey as we expected. Bethany is inspecting Lakti’s second super. This super was much more filled. Because the bees were storing so much honey in their deeps, we switched Lakti’s top super with their bottom super. This would hopefully encourage the bees to fill in the second super instead of their deeps.




All the hives were filling there frames with lots of honey. The supers were incredibly heavy and hard to lift.




Here Abigail is moving her second super so that she can inspect the top deep. All three hives had brood in all stages and had plenty of room. As you can see Abigail is wearing orange rubber gloves. She switched to these gloves because her normal gloves were too big and it was hard for her to grab frames. The orange gloves are a lot tighter. The bees can sting through them, but it really does not hurt.



Our bees were doing well and storing lots of honey. We were excited about the amount of honey because it was almost time to extract.





Looking Through the Hives with the Sanders

On July 12th, the Sanders came over to look through Abigail’s hive because they were being grumpy.



Abigail is opening her hive to show Mr. Sander what is going on. Bethany is carrying the smoker over to Abigail’s hive in case it is needed. Olivia is showing Mrs. Sander her hive.IMG_4217



Olivia was done checking her hive pretty quick because she found eggs and larvae.



Here is Abigail looking at her frame. Bethany is pulling out the next frame.



The bees were filling up the first super really good.




Olivia watching everyone finish up. Notice the swarm trap in the tree. A swarm had not moved in.  We were still hoping one would.


Abigail’s hive had a ton of hive beetles. The hive beetles were making the bees mad. To try to get rid of the hive beetles, we tried hive beetle traps. The hive beetle trap did not work. We then used a unscented swiffer pads. These worked really good in Abigail’s hive. The pads caught easily twenty hive beetles in two weeks.



Products of the Hive 2018

Many products come from a hive. Honey, beeswax, pollen, and propolis are the four major products. This year, we extracted honey and collected beeswax and made products out of them.



We extracted honey from three of our five hives. We put our honey in either one pound queenline jars (front) or pint jars (back).




Here is all the pint jars and queenline jars we have for sale along with our State Fair entries.




These are our State Fair entries. We entered in the three one pound jars of extracted honey category. Abigail entered the ones on the left and won second place. Bethany entered the ones in the middle and won third place. Olivia entered the ones on the left and did not place.




Here are our honey prices.


One pound queenline jars of honey for $10.00 a jar.




Approximately one pound five ounce pint jars of honey for $12.00 a jar.




We made candles out of beeswax. Here are the prices of each type of candle.



Lighthouse beeswax candles for $4.00 a candle. Dimensions: 3¾” tall x 2⅕” at the widest part.




Skep beeswax candle for $5.00 a candle. Dimensions: 3″ tall x 2¼” at the widest part




A bear hugging a skep beeswax candles for $3.00 a candle. Dimensions: 2 ¼” tall x 2 ¾” at widest part




Small spiral beeswax candles two for $3.00 or four for $5.00. Dimensions: ⅜” wide x 4″ tall



Small skep beeswax candles for $3.00 a candle. Dimensions: 1½” tall x 1½” at widest part.



Floating rose beeswax candles for $3.00 a candle. Dimensions: 2⅝” from petal to petal x 1⅛” tall.



Top view of floating rose beeswax candle.



Votive beeswax candles for $4.00 a candle. Dimensions: 2″ tall x 1¾” at widest point.




July 10 Hive Check

On July tenth, we checked our hives to make sure the bees were doing well. We carefully checked to make sure that the queens were laying in Bethany’s nuc and in the extra nuc.



Abigail is smoking the hive entrances. Bethany is preparing to go in the extra nuc.




Bethany pulling out the first frame of the extra nuc. Look at all the extra beeswax the bees built on top of and in between the frames.




Abigail putting the first frame on a frame holder. We bought a frame holder so that we would have a safe place to put frames we removed from the hives.




The bees had not built out this frame.



Abigail is smoking the bees around her. Bethany is looking at a frame and seeing if there are eggs on the frame.



All three girls working in the hives.



Olivia has a nice frame with some honey. Abigail is checking the bees honey supply in the supers. Bethany is opening up her nuc.



What do you see on this frame from Bethany’s nuc?



Let us take a closer look. There is some capped brood and larva. Bethany’s Queen is doing well.


All the hives were doing well. They all had eggs and a queen.



Bethany Kelly