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Split hive brood and honey

Bee smoker

Brood and honeyI was glad to see capped worker brood in our new hive since that means our hive split was definitely a success.  I only lifted out the one frame from their lower brood box to confirm the queen's activity since the bees had been less than pleased to be poked at last time.  But, even so, I could tell that they've been working hard because the upper brood box was heavy with dehydrating nectar.

The mother hive was also doing well, despite losing so many of her workers to the daughter a month ago.  The bees had plenty of uncapped honey and had already covered over two big frames of Honey cappingshoney in the upper brood box and a few small frames of honey in the super.  I stole enough to extract a quart and a half since I used up the last of my honey in our final round of strawberry leather.

The only downside of a hive split is that we won't get very much honey from either hive this year.  Maybe I can talk my movie star neighbor into giving us some of his surplus in exchange for our "acting" on his audition tapes?

Our chicken waterer is a perfect fit for tractors since it never spills on uneven terrain.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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