OUR BEESThe hives are fenced in for bears with our Gallagher electric fence
Date: June 14th, 2010 Photos: 24
Pasture - In the pasture. You can see the solar barn in the background. Inside the hive - Naren has the hive open for inspection. Frame - A frame from the hive. Honey Harvest - The fun begins with uncapping the cells. Uncapping Honey Cells - We use a special knife, we have both heated and unheated. Extracting - The frames are placed in the extractor. Centrifugal force forces the honey out of the cells. This is hard work if you are a small beekeeper and have a handcrank centrifuge. Honey Flow - The honey comes out from a spigot at the bottom of the centrifuge. HONEY 16 oz - The honey is filtered through several fine meshed filters. Filling - Time to fill the little bears and the bottles. We work hard but our bees work harder. The pleasure is ours. Learn and enjoy the honey. HONEY BEAR 2 OZ - Here is one of the little bears, ready to go! Clover - Our bee working on a clover blossom in the front yard. HONEY 16 oz - The big jar of honey, ready to be enjoyed. Front Label - Front label on 16 oz jar. Back Label - Back label on 16 oz jar. Many interesting facts there. Find more information on bees and honey in the "About Bees" section. Bee on clover - Another shot showing the hard work of a honey bee. Solar Charger - We switched to a solar charger S17, even though the D-cells lasted a couple of months, this is more environmentally friendly, and reliable. Living Quarters - Our bees share the pasture with some sheep. Bee Hives - Another view of the bee hives Rocks - We keep rocks on top of the hive so ensure no strong wind tips it. The bees are good about "gluing" the sections together, they are secure. Swarm - Sometimes the bees swarm.In nature this is the way new colonies are made, a group takes off with the old queen. Battery Energizer - We often use a battery operated energizer for the fence. This one just uses D-cell batteries.
First Prize - Goshen Fair 2011, first prize honey Sheep and hives - Naren with sheep and hives in pasture Honey Harvest - Honey!