Saturday, September 8, 2012

The bees seem to have been filling up the honey supers, so I've borrowed a honey extractor -- a kind of centrifuge -- and made my first attempt to steal honey.  It was utter fiasco.  I started with the most cantankerous hive, couldn't get the smoker to work, but pushed on foolishly nevertheless.  On tope of it all a storm was moving in, so the bees were extra irritable. 

By the end of the process - after armoring up three times - I was in winter boots, gaiters, and flannel lined pants -- and covered in pissed off bees.  In exchange for 9 stings I got four frames of honey.  

Only two more hives to go.

In lieu of angry bees, here's a picture of Haru.

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