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Amanda Lindsey came over to help us since we have two hives now.  She took pictures and helped a little with smoke protection.

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Working two hives is a lot more difficult.  Also, we wanted to try a new method of uncapping and extracting honey immediately so we can put the frames back I immediately.

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Kirk removes the lid and we get down to business.

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This honey is not ready because there are no white caps.

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This honey is ready so he removes the bees with a brush.  image

Uncapping outside going okay so far.

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We are going to check out the new hive and see how it is doing.

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This honey comb has brood on the bottom.  We will not harvest comb with young bees on it.  Maybe we will get another super so they have more room for honey.

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Bees from new hive become aggressive because we are messing too much with the brood and they don’t like that we are removing burr comb built on to the lid.  Happy smile on Chris’s face replaced by four stings and a lost lens cap for my camera.

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Bee larvae from the burr comb that we had to remove to access the lid.  The larvae is a small peach or white worm.  It looks healthy but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Sorry little guy.

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Delicious fresh honey comb.  We will crush the comb and let the honey settle out.  The wax floats to the top and we can pour fresh clear honey off of the bottom.

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Aug Bee Farm with a haul of 1-2 gallons of fresh honey.  And a few new stings.  Thanks Lindsey for helping out.