buzzzzzzzzzz new adventure

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by addy1, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. addy1

    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,085
    Likes Received:
    577
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Wait so can I start selling my trimmings now? or am I still a walking walmart apparently?
     
    DutchMuch, Jul 29, 2017
    1. Advertisements

  2. addy1

    Becky Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2011
    Messages:
    2,139
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    As previously discussed, members are permitted to sell the produce of their hobby on this forum. @addy1 undertakes bee-keeping as a hobby (read this thread), and has not advertised her honey for sale but was asked by other members if they could buy some. She asked us if this was ok and we said yes.

    You grow plants with the express intent of selling and making a profit. Consequently you have been asked not to sell on this forum.

    This matter is not under discussion, and by constantly questioning the rules you are not winning yourself any favours.
     
    Becky, Jul 29, 2017
    1. Advertisements

  3. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    Our bee keeping is a hobby a very expensive hobby. To actually make a living at it, you need a lot more hives than we have, breed queens, makes packages of bees and nucs of bees for sale. We just sale excess products from the hives, which does not even come close to touching the expense.

    Out of interest here is rendered wax. It comes out as a beautiful yellow once you remove all of the debris.

    IMG_1716.JPG
     
    addy1, Jul 29, 2017
    haver79, DutchMuch, j.w and 2 others like this.
  4. addy1

    Tula

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    2,737
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Wow, that is gorgeous ! Can you add an essential oil to a bees wax candle, such as lavender ?
     
    Tula, Jul 29, 2017
    Gemma likes this.
  5. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I have not learned what needs to be done. This is the first time I have extra wax, I usually used any wax we got to rewax their foundation so the bees would draw it out better.
    I saw there are scents you can add, now need to go back to internet class and read lol
     
    addy1, Jul 29, 2017
    Tula, j.w and Gemma like this.
  6. addy1

    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,085
    Likes Received:
    577
    Location:
    Arkansas
    The OCD
    haven't I said no I don't already.
    But yes this is my final reply I just hate it when you all say that and when I say no you brush it off.

    Nate
     
    DutchMuch, Jul 29, 2017
  7. addy1

    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,085
    Likes Received:
    577
    Location:
    Arkansas
    @addy1 idk if I asked this before, how do you harvest bees wax?
     
    DutchMuch, Jul 29, 2017
  8. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    When we decap the frames, i.e. cut off the wax caps we get xx amount of wax caps.
    This is a picture of a square of honey, the cappings are still on, it is called comb honey. We have xx amount of frames with holes cut in them. The bees draw out the comb, without foundation, we cut it out. You can see the white wax coating. When we extract we spend hours cutting off the wax, from the uncut frames, I use a bread knife, then we spin the frames to extract the honey. That is the wax we get, called cappings. It takes a lot of frames to get the wax, the wax I got was from extracting around 450 frames of honey.
    I can extract around 70 frames in a long day. Our extractor does 6 at a time. Some bee keepers use foundation-less frames, they extract by crushing the wax, but then every year the bees have to rebuild all that wax. We treat our drawn frames like gold. After extraction we let the bees clean them, then we freeze for two days, then we dry the frames, then we save them in containers until the next nectar season. By doing that it saves the bees a lot of work.

    18953493_594362420755859_5479997139789187176_o.jpg
     
    addy1, Jul 30, 2017
    DutchMuch likes this.
  9. addy1

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    5,393
    Likes Received:
    5,907
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Got my honey from @addy1 and OH MY GOSH! It is delicious! I got a jar of the creamed honey and it is so delectable... better than a piece of candy any day! And if you're like me and enjoy a little sweetness in your coffee, the creamed honey blended really well into my half and half. Added my cold brew coffee and OHHHHH.... so good! Thank you @addy1 for all of your hard work - and thank the bees for me, too!
     
    Lisak1, Jul 31, 2017
    tbendl, Tula, j.w and 2 others like this.
  10. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I will give them a hug from you........j/k;)
     
    addy1, Jul 31, 2017
    DutchMuch and MoonShadows like this.
  11. addy1

    Lisak1

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    5,393
    Likes Received:
    5,907
    Location:
    Northern IL
    haha! That's a great image... especially after you told us they were INSANE!
     
    Lisak1, Jul 31, 2017
  12. addy1

    Tula

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    2,737
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Mine arrived too :)
     
    Tula, Jul 31, 2017
  13. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    They were insane until the end of June, early July then boom................calm. Every hive except one did a supercede, i.e. they decided the queen was getting weak and replaced her. A queen only has so many eggs and so much sperm, when they start falling behind in laying eggs the work bees of the hive make the decision to replace her. They make her lay a egg in a prepared queen cell, then feed that egg extra royal jelly, making a queen. That queen will kill the old queen when she emerges, if the old queen had not been killed by the workers.

    Of the hives that re-queened, one of them was the mean nasty hive. The attacks have stopped. I was working right behind the hives in a t shirt and shorts, not one bee bothered me. I was ready to bail if they started guarding me again.
     
    addy1, Jul 31, 2017
  14. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I had the bees doing the dishes. I emptied a lot of containers getting ready for the fair.
    The Howard country fair is this weekend. We take a honey to the fair to sell, the club gets 10% of what we sell, which supports the club. They bring in good speakers. IMG_1747.JPG IMG_1748.JPG IMG_1754.JPG
     
    addy1, Aug 4, 2017
    DutchMuch and j.w like this.
  15. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I don't have a honey prep room, the living room and kitchen get a bit crowded with bottles jars, boxes. I bottled up over 200 lbs in the last few days.

    The club asked me to bring more honey than I ever have, we harvested more honey then ever before, which helps . All club members can bring honey, then you need to work the bee booth. It seems there are fewer members bringing honey this year. This is just the chunk honey bottled up, i.e a piece a comb in a bottle of honey.

    IMG_1745.JPG IMG_1750.JPG IMG_1751.JPG IMG_1757.JPG IMG_1758.JPG
     
    addy1, Aug 4, 2017
    Tula, DutchMuch, MitchM and 2 others like this.
  16. addy1

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    23,871
    Likes Received:
    13,499
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    Wow that's a heap a honey there!
     
    j.w, Aug 4, 2017
  17. addy1

    MitchM

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2012
    Messages:
    6,316
    Likes Received:
    6,195
    Location:
    Water Valley, Alberta
    Wow, that's a lot of work!
    -so who's busier - you or the bees?:)
     
    MitchM, Aug 4, 2017
    Tula likes this.
  18. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    Right now I think I am! ;) but if you watch a hive, I have never seen such activity as you see with a bee hive, each one has their task , which they preform well, until they drop dead in about 6 weeks.
     
    addy1, Aug 4, 2017
    DutchMuch, MitchM and j.w like this.
  19. addy1

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    32,330
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    First place! 20170806_175231.jpg 20170806_175218.jpg 20170806_175201.jpg
     
    addy1, Aug 6, 2017
    DutchMuch, Tula and j.w like this.
  20. addy1

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    23,871
    Likes Received:
    13,499
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    upload_2017-8-6_15-41-58.gif Great job and it looks so nice all packaged up!
     
    j.w, Aug 6, 2017
    addy1 and Tula like this.
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.