Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the body

Proverbs 16:24

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...

-Leo Tolstoy

He is not worthy of the honey-comb
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings

-William Shakespeare

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

-John Muir

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

-Henry David Thoreau

Seasonal Information for June

Specific recommendations for Deep East Texas beekeepers by Robert Jones

June begins the final nectar run of the tallow trees and signals the end of our spring honey flow here in Deep East Texas.

The first week you should set the final supers on your hives. Check the colonies with the highest amount of activity. These are normally the hives that will produce the majority of the honey you will extract. Don’t get behind on supering them.

The second and third week you should make sure you have everything together for robbing and extraction of your honey. If you need fume for your fume board, get it on order. Clean your extractor and tanks, lines, and uncapping knives even if you have them all covered. A good sanitary rinse and dry will remove any dust. Re-cover it with a cloth until the time of use to keep it sanitary. Clean the extraction room and sanitize it as well. Clean your hauling equipment as well keep everything as sanitary as possible.

Finally, we are at the end of June looking for ripe and ready, minimum 80% capped honey. Note on wet years it may take until Mid to the third week of July to get everything capped and ripe enough for extraction. On hot dry years it normally can be done by the last Saturday of June or around July 4th week. If you are worried about the moisture content of your honey use a refractometer to be certain.

Remember, if you are going to do any cut comb or chunk comb in honey it must be frozen to be certain that any moth or beetle eggs have been killed. Don’t pull honey and leave it uncapped for more than two days. The beetles will quickly take over any unattended comb and ruin your honey.

Follow the health and safety rules for bottling honey to keep your product as clean as possible even if you cannot stamp it with a Texas license. Be sure your product label follows the code and correct weight and note if it has not been bottled in a certified honey extraction uncapping and bottling place.

A final note on feeding young beginning hives. In order to keep down robbing of your hives from other bees, be sure you don’t expose any honey or sugar syrup to those hives or any other hive. Once the nectar flow ends all the field bees will be searching for a nectar source and they don’t care if it’s the small neighbor hive. The nectar will not start back until about the 3rd week of September with the fall weed nectar flow.

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