Pete of Morgan Hill sends an update on the Cervantes3 hive he adopted on April 24. Pete and his family had their very first honey harvest this past Saturday, August 13, 2011, that’s almost 4 months from adopting the one medium,10 frames hive to today’s full stack of boxes with a booming population and extra honey stores that Pete left for the bees.
Pete says, ” We took 8 frames from a super deep and used an extractor, yielding about 40 lbs. of honey (3 1/2 – 4 gallons). The last 2 frames are completely full, but only the inside side of the frames are capped.”
Here’s Pete with a frame of fully capped honey – about 5 pounds of honey.
After extraction the hive still has one medium super full and completely capped. That’s about 30 pounds of honey the bees will have for Winter.
Here’s some liquid gold pouring out of an extractor which is then strained before it goes into a 5 gallon bucket.
Pete and his son Austin extracting honey using a Mann Lake Extractor. Both are first year beekeepers and enjoying every moment of it.
2011 has been a very strong nectar flow year. It started in February this year when we had a week of warm weather and then the flow was prolonged by our Summer rains. Strong hives in my own yards have produced 100 pounds of honey each with another full medium super that we left for the bees. Hope to have a mild Fall/Winter and another strong nectar flow for 2012.
Pete, thanks for the pictures and update!