Two hives near the vegetable garden 

My nine year old son decided to title this post.  You see, I had a heck of a time with the bees yesterday!  It had been a while since I had entered my hives as I was just letting the bees do "their thing".   During the summer they forage and work hard, but come fall, it's time to do an inspection and see that their summer has paid off and also to help them where they need it to survive the Winter.  

Mission One:  Inspect the honey supers  

Hive Diagram 

Earlier in the summer, I had placed a honey super on each hive.  It was unclear whether I would get honey for myself, as they had a great deal of work just drawing out the foundation.  One hive was slow to draw out the foundation, while the other went like gang busters.  I had to place a second deep on that hive.  Yesterday, when I inspected them, all three had fully drawn out foundation.  One was half full of honey, it would remain in place, and the other two honey supers needed to come off.  Well, here was the beginning of a not so good time.  Each hive had a honey super that had to come off and they were full of bees.  I used the bee brush to "gently" coax them into the other deep super.  Apparently, they HATE the bee brush.  Before I knew it they were buzzing my face, hitting my veil and stinging my gloved hands.  They hated me!  Cool, calm and collected, I walked away.  I returned to remove one frame at a time from the honey supers, all twenty of them, and placed them in the garage. Note to self:  Do not place freshly removed honey supers in the garage.  They still smell like the bees, their queen and their hive pheromones.  Confused bees will soon fill your garage even if there is no honey in the supers. Leave the supers off the hive, near the hive for a few days for the scent to dissipate.

Mission Two:  Check the honey supplies in the top deep supers 




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