A Year at Bees of the Woods Apiary: September


September is the time of year when we really start focusing on making sure the hives are ready for winter. Here are some of the things we have been working on!


Removing Honey from Beehives

September is when we remove honey supers for the final time this season. This batch of honey tends to be a darker, sometimes mahogany color. We don’t get a lot of it, but it is nice to have some for our customers who prefer a darker honey.

However, we need to be careful not to remove too much honey from each hive. The bees will need sufficient honey stores to make it through the winter ahead. So, we went through and removed the top one or two honey supers from each hive that produced honey this year. We then sort the frames. Any that are not capped, or are partially capped, we will put back on any hives that seem to be “light” on honey. The frames that are completely capped we will extract for ourselves.

You may now be asking, how do you know if a hive seems light on honey? There are a few ways.

The first is to visually take a peek — does the hive body below the supers you removed have capped honey? That’s a good sign. We like to overwinter our hives with at least 1 deep and 2 medium boxes, or the equivalent.

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