The pain levels were a bit lower, I had some energy and so I thought I would go mad and blow it on inspecting the hive and so here is my Hive inspection 4th August 2021.
I had been desperate to open up the hive for a while, but I don’t do regular checks for two reasons. The first is that my health doesn’t allow it, and the other is that I don’t think they need it, I like to leave them alone to do what they do!
But during that very hot spell a little while ago, the bees were bearding on the front of the hive, and that is a sign that the temperature in the hive is rising. So whilst in my shorts and tee shirt, I cracked open the back follower board and peeked in and saw some comb had collapsed.
I couldn’t look further because I wasn’t wearing the right clothing, and also going in during the hot weather could have caused further comb collapse.
So today everything fell into place and an okay day health wise coincided with a cool and dry day.
I also took the chance to talk about the financial accessibility of starting beekeeping and showed the bundle I got from Simon the Beekeeper that cost £17.99.
It consists of;
- Galvanised Steel Bee Smoker
- Natural Bristle Brush
- Half Red Straight Hive Tool
- Straight Tine Uncapping Fork
And that is just amazing, and the tools are now 2 years old and have served me well and look as if they will serve me well for many years to come!
I also got my Beekeeping jacket from Simon the Beekeeper for £19.99
It turned out that, as usual, I had been worrying about nothing!
There was a small piece of comb that had collapsed, but the rest was fine, the stores of honey are very acceptable and there are even a few bars of pure honey at the rear.
The bars of honey are uncapped on one side and so I will leave them for now and go back in another time!
The bees will cap honey once it gets to about 17 or 18% moisture content. Anything above that and honey can ferment and so whilst it is okay to have some uncapped in what you take, it is best to keep it to a very small amount.
So I reckon another couple of weeks maybe?