This is Honey

Completed the bulk of Japanese honey bee. Bulk ? maybe 5% complete.  THIS IS HONEY I will be cross posting from time to time…

This is Honey

Completed the bulk of Japanese honey bee. Bulk ? maybe 5% complete.  THIS IS HONEY I will be cross posting from time to time…

This year many things did not go as planned. The beehives I made,the wood I used was old but since I used a single surface planer a shave the wood to the size I desired the new wood smell came back and Japanese honey bees really don’t like the new wood smell.

After talking to one of the local bee collectors he told me to make good use of the wood from the old and broken hives which is what I did. I will be using is wood to make “Trap Hives” for next season.

IMG_9746I cleaned house two weeks ago and placed all of old hives into a big stack and low and behold when I went to pick up them today A huge swarm of bees had made one of the old hives it’s home. I did my best to move the bees into a new beehive. Hopefully the Queen will take the new hive, because this is one swarm I would like to keep, it’s huge by Japanese honeybee standards..

Fingers crossed the bees like their new home.

Old boxes make the best traps This year many things did not go as planned. The beehives I made,the wood I used was old but since I used a single surface planer a shave the wood to the size I desired the new wood smell came back and Japanese honey bees really don’t like the new wood smell.
Apiculture

So is when can I make the jump?

兼業農家 – Part time farmer

専業農家 – Full time farmer

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New Apiary

Cleaning space for new hives, I am pretty sure I can have 150 hives up there by 2017

  • 2014 15 Hives (but 30 hives would be nice)
  • 2015 50 Hives
  • 2016 100 Hives
  • 2017 150 Hives

Todays new tool purchase… Weed Whacker!

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Hello Honda PCX150Well I must say I am surprised how well my new honda PCX150 handles. Very smooth and a job to ride.…View Post

Hello Honda PCX150

Well I must say I am surprised how well my new honda PCX150 handles. Very smooth and a job to ride.…

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Goodbye! TR250
Is wax the most important commodity

For some reason Japanese honeybees don’t like to use wax from their western counterpart, and this is actually a bit of a pain in the ass because their wax production is on par with their honey production Great Quality, Low Quantity.

The photo below…

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My 100kg tank arrived today, if I can get that much honey next spring I will be over the moon.View Post

My 100kg tank arrived today, if I can get that much honey next spring I will be over the moon.

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Bee Ambient Temperature

I wanted something to play with over the winter months. So I decided to purchase this little device from Texas Instruments, at $25 including shipping it’s a steal.

It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4 and offers a wide range of sensors (see below) I…

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Hornet Attack!

I wasn’t ready for this, No I should say I wasn’t ready to see two of my hives covered in the Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica).

Since spring have seen a few buzzing around but taking zero interest in the hives, Well the giant hornet that…

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