Like always post honey harvest equipment was in needed of attention. The first order of business was to get everything wet with honey / nectar residue dry. I freeze and store my extracted supers every year. This has presented a problem in the past because they must be dry before placing them into a plastic bag. The results of not doing so are moldy, fermented, stinking mess. The drawn comb in honey supers is very valuable. I like to have equipment close enough to monitor, yet far enough away from my hives that it doesn’t set off robbing Armageddon.
Previously I always had bees where I lived, but not this year. Last winter saw to the end of all 4 swarms that were placed at the new homestead. Therefore I gave the neighborhood ferals and hive-kept bees alike a shot at cleaning up for me.
Now that everything is dry I have been scraping propolis and wax from frames and boxes. This has been made easier by the cool morning temps. It is much easier to scrape propolis when it is cold and brittle. The wax will be put into the melting can. As for the propolis, in a future post I will be talking about the plans for it. There’s quite a bit of it around so I need to start researching a way to get rid of it profitably.
Once each frame and super is scraped it is time for a 48 hour shift in the freezer to kill wax moths, larvae, and eggs as well as anything else living in there. This year thanks to my good buddy Mike, I have a freezer solely dedicated to this task. It is making me a lot more popular with my wife than other years. Previously I was bringing bagged supers into the house and freezing them right next to the food in our deepfreeze. Glad I don’t have to do that anymore. For winter the supers will be stored in a mouse free building.
Soon it will be time for winter activities.
Are you prepared for winter?
Are you saving your propolis?
What are you doing with it?