Post holiday inspection
I've only been gone for a week so I didn't expect any major changes in the hive. However, during my break, as well as providing me with an opportunity to stock up on some Estonian honey, I had time to ponder a strategy regarding the rest of the beekeeping season.
So, I'm going to harvest the honey I have (which I'll do tomorrow evening as I put clearer boards on today), feed all three colonies sugar syrup and then put MAQs varroa treatment on. I'm really hoping this is just a blip in the weather and that autumn hasn't arrived as MAQs needs temperatures to be above 10 degrees. Fingers crossed for a warm September.
Any tips on how to harvest honey without an extractor would be greatly received. I'm preparing myself for a sticky mess.
Here are the photos I took today:
|Interesting fact - bees build comb by hanging in chains. Like bee scaffolding.|
|A closer look.|