I've been out there a few times over the last week, since the husband put on another super for me. By myself which is good 'cept there is no-one to see how brave I am being.
The hive now has 4 boxes and the top one needs extracting. Soon. I was going to do it yesterday but this hive is in amongst bushes and long grass and after seeing that snake the other day I wasn't going to be in there. So yesterday I cut back some branches and whippersnippered the long grass around the hive. They didn't like that!! I quickly left and went back later to rake it all clear. Spoke to husband last night to find out my next step. "Crack the hive" he says. Ummm, OK...How do I do that.
This morning before Vinnies I dressed for success and went out there to 'crack the hive" Smoker stops smoking so back in and get that going again. I *fixed* this smoker yesterday and I think I fixed it wrong because it doesn't seem to stay alight as well now. I will unfix it if it happens again. With bees buzzing around me and dive-bombing my head I tried to get the hive tool under the top-box. It was stuck down tight but I eventually managed to get it under the edge but when trying to prise it off the edges broke away. This box is/was the original box and has wood-rot through it. Tried a different spot, then another. I did manage to get the tool under and shifted the box a little bit over. This is supposed to make it easier and cleaner when I go out to lift the box off for extracting. Another Hmmm here. The box is heavy and too high for me to lift off. My plan is to extract a few frames at a time until the box is light enough for me to lift. If husband helps me he will lift it off but either way it needs to be *cracked*
And I was supposed to buy some kilo buckets to put the honey in. I haven't and I can't find my big bucket so not sure what to do with this honey tomorrow. I need to stay on top of things. Not sure why I don't but it sure would be less stressful if I did. I now have a few things that need doing by tomorrow whereas I have had a couple of months to get organised but didn't. HoHum.
Eventually we will re-queen this hive and the new bees will be quiet and docile.... My new bees will not hate me...