Rich, Glad that you are up and going well this year. How is the new extractor looking on you got it set up?
I have been busy trying to retire then regretting it. I think my wife does more. It is really boring when you work one or two days a week after working all your life and I enjoy working on the vets.
I have to get out and clean and rob my bees too. today is our first cool day at 65 this morning but we have another little norther this weekend which might get us down to a high in the low 60's. It has been a good year. Had fun raised some splits and keeping just my two hives gave the others to my buddy that wants lots of bee hives.
Maybe the group here can help me too.
JW what is the best way you have found to keep supers and extra frames safe for the winter. I have to do a final check and had 4 med honey supers ~ full and 7 and 4 deeps that I pulled from honey bound deeps a month or so ago. I was going to ck the deeps and see if they had pulled the frames I put in there in August but no mater what I do I will have boxes with frames that I need to store after the bees clean the frames up. I had just set the deeps in spare boxes and set them on top of the supers. 7 deep frames is getting heavy at that height.
What do you and the rest of the group do to store frames that you pull from the supers? I have supers to rob and some extra deep frames from honey bound boxes. How many frames of honey would you leave for 2 -10 frame double deeps full of bees. I made a few errors this summer and kept adding frames so I have odd extra frames to store plus the med supers that I pull. That is the problem when I pull the mediums I am stuffing the deeps with bees. I figure if they did not pull the new deep frames I could drop the full deeps back into the brood boxes give them honey for the winter or leave a medium on top and rob the other med plus the deep frames. Need this groups opinions. I do not have a base line on what is best for the bees other than trying NOT to help them too much next year. I will requeen both as my bees act like my bees that I had as a kid medium hot. Not sure if it is the bees or there is some African drones in the area. They just kept getting more aggressive over the summer. Even the hives I gave to the buddy and they were calm and now he tells me they are the hottest hives he has out of 20+ hives.
How many frames of deep honey do you need for double deep 10 frames with a lot of bees. With our winters here would you redo the deeps with brood on the bottom and honey in the top deep or ?
Good luck to you all. JimD