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Candy's Corner

Hi, Everyone!

I have to say that I’m a little frustrated with my girls. I checked my hives two days ago and they still do not have the foundation drawn out on all the frames. They have been actively working, I’m just not sure at what. I’m beginning to think that they have a scout bee out watching for me and when I approach the hive she gives them a signal to look busy. I imagine that she gives the signal and the rest of them throw down their playing cards, put out their cigarettes, and hit the air.

I had gotten so excited a few weeks back thinking that my girls had been hard at work.

I was leaving to go out of town for Father’s Day, early that Saturday morning, so I decided to check on my girls before I left. Of course I didn’t get out there Friday evening until 7:30 or later and it had started to rain and was thundering. I decided that I would do a quick check of the honey supers and see how things were going. I had 2 empty honey supers and a super of honey (left over from last year) on each hive. When I took the tops off each hive the top supers were full! WOW!! It had only been about 2 weeks since I last checked them and here they are with 3 full supers of honey! I was thinking that my girls were AWESOME! I went on my trip and bragged about my girls and how I had to get back home and take care of all that honey.

When I got home, I went out to my hives with a great big smile on my face and kind words for my girls. I removed the first honey super off my one hive, it was heavy. I grabbed the second honey super and knew right then, something wasn’t right. It only took me a couple of minutes to realize what I had done. I forgot that I rotated the honey supers from last year to the top of the hives. I was so mad at myself! I thought “You Idiot!” I didn’t have the honey I thought I had. But my girls are still awesome…

See you at the Bee Farm!