Okie and I went to another of hive location last week. This one is at Presentation Center, where honey is on display and can be purchased.
It is a smaller installation than that we visited the week before, but still darn pretty.
Since we were going to be opening-up the hives, instead of just adding modules, Okie fired up the smoker, and doused each hive before cracking them open.
Here is the activity on the inside of a lid.
There is a symbiotic relationship between the keeper and the hive. If the hive doesn’t thrive — and the queen isn’t protected — it doesn’t produce honey.
Okie only takes honey from the top module , leaving the rest to the hive. To ensure that the queen doesn’t get into the top module, a metal grating is put between it and the second module.
Here is a closer look at the activity:
This is a slate from the second module of a hive.
Considering that we were opening up their homes and pulling slates out, the bees were quite docile. There were definitely some protestors, but they mostly went around their business.
I did get stung on my right hand. First time since early childhood. Had some redness but no swelling. Typical “puss-pocket” for what was left of the stinger later. Felt relieved to get this out of the way.
This is one of the buildings at the retreat.