Goodwood House Oregon

Honey Bees 2010


An awesome bee year for me.....  I collected swarms for the first time which was incredibly fun.
I had a phenomenal honey harvest of 150 pounds!

And, I am going into (bee) winter with 5 nucs and 8 hives... all with laying queens!



honey bee yard Oregon

The bee yard in full summer swing.......

A mixture of swarms settling down, established hives making honey surplus and
queenless hives used for making nucs and beefing up other hives.



honey bee hives with supers on them, Oregon    honey bee hives with supers on them, Oregon

Close up of the hives with supers on them... the girls working hard for me!


honey bee feeding on leek flower  

Working the leeks.  The honey does not taste like onion, thank goodness!



 honey bee feeding on Linden bloom, Oregon

I have a venerable old Linden tree in my yard of which the bees take full advantage.


the hives back down to 2 deeps, Oregon

The supers all taken off 1st week of August.  All the girls are smashed down into 2 deeps.



honey supers in car, Oregon

I consolidated all the frames from all the supers and took only the ones with honey in them.
I ended up with 5 full supers and 6 frames.

I had to put plastic on them to keep the bees out.



honey supers, Oregon 

What the tops of the frames look like.  I mix wood and plastic with no ill effects.



honey bee nucs, Oregon

My 7 nucs, but 2 are empty...
Of the 5 queens I installed 4 took.  I'm going to wait and see for the 5th one.



honey house, Oregon

The honey house sign!  Super cute!


honey house Oregon    honey house, Oregon

The amazing honey house with all the machinery which saves me my temper!
This place does it all!  They spin the frames in the round vat looking things.
I can't remember what the sinks are for..  some kind of straining?
All the pipes are to carry honey from one place to another.


honey house, Oregon

This is the uncapper, the knife is heated by steam.. the cappings fall into that covered vat for processing.



honey house, Oregon

This is for collecting propolis I believe.


honey extracting, Oregon

Where the frames rest when they are spun...



honey extracting, Oregon
The beekeeper's own personal tank of honey to sell..


honey house, Oregon

MY personal 150 pounds of honey and 3 1/2 pounds of wax cappings!
W.O.W.!!!  Great year!!!



Thanks girls!!!!

honey comb close up, Oregon   

My little creatures!


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