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foolish to not cover myself from head to toe. When you are all
geared up and have the smoker pumping, you grab your hive
tool and walk to the hive.
Smoke the entrance before moving to the top. Slowly pop
the top with your hive tool while releasing bursts of smoke into
the hive. Once the cover is off, you are surrounded and the
most unnerving part is the sound - a relentless, loud buzzing.
Your first instinct is to swat but you know you cannot do that so
you take a breath and peer into the hive. Inspections are to look
for brood, eggs, the queen, and honey. The primary focus is
the queen or proof that she is still alive - i.e. freshly laid eggs.
Without the queen, there is no hive.
The first year that you have a hive, you will not get any
production (honey or wax) unless your hive dies and you empty
it because the dead bees do not need honey to get through
winter. After they survive that first season, bees produce, a
lot! I did not start my hives to sell products but eventually they
produced so much that I had no choice and began harvesting
the honey and wax. Now I sell my honey at farmers' markets,
in little shops, and by word of mouth. I also make candles but
usually gift them.
Harvesting can be time-consuming. You have to get the
foundations out of the hive and leave the bees behind for
starters. Then you have to uncap the comb - think like a lid on
a wax jar of honey - and put it in a centrifuge to spin the honey
out. Or, use my own personal method which is to scrape all of
the honey and wax off of the foundation into a stock pot and
put the stock pot in the oven at about 200 degrees. The honey
will not boil, but the heat is enough to separate the honey from
the wax. The honey goes into jars and the wax gets refined for
making candles.
At this point, it is rinse and repeat other than the spring
and fall obligation of feeding the bees. There is some pride in
having the hives, especially on hot summer days when the hives
are really active and you see them flying up and away to harvest
some nectar from the neighbors' plants. It is also satisfying to
eat honey that you harvested yourself and light candles that you
made from wax you also harvested yourself.
But, really, I only became a beekeeper (apiculturist if you
want to get fancy) to try and help the bee population recover
and thrive and, by some extension, contribute to the ecosystem.
I do not know if it is working, but I like to think it is. *

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Editors Note: You know the old saying, "you can catch
more bees with honey than with vinegar" ...
So true, life is always more pleasant when people are nice,
sweet-natured, and agreeable. This is where Anthropology
and Entomology connect; most living things like sweet
substances and peaceful environments. So in Layman's terms,
you can attract more people and effects when you are cordial
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