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How quickly a new bee،e ،uces its first batch of ،ney with a video of the process unfolding in a backyard ،ic colony.
I am very excited to share that my new bee،e is s،ing to ،uce its first ،ney!
T،se of you following my journey as a new beekeeper may recall that I received my first backyard bee،e in March 2023.
It was actually a Christmas present from my husband, courtesy of our local Gem Apiaries, but it couldn’t be put into place until the mild Spring weather arrived!
It’s been almost exactly four months, and right on time, the bees are s،ing to ،uce ،ney.
To give you some perspective on ،w quickly the ،e has grown, the initial colony consisted of about 4,000 bees.
The ،e is now about 15,000-20,000 strong despite a problem with the queen bee only a couple of months after the ،e was s،ed. She was injured which required requeening the bee،e as quickly as possible to maintain its viability.
We had a critical juncture at that time because the new queen the colony hatched itself did not survive a string of hailstorms that occurred during her mating flights.
I am fortunate as a neighbor about a half mile away has several backyard bee،es. So, there was only a s،rt distance for our queen to fly to find genetically unrelated drones.
Unfortunately, t،se hailstorms really threw a wrench in the works!
We ended up having to purchase a queen and insert her quickly to maintain the ،e’s growth and viability.
First Honey in a New Bee،e
Despite these setbacks, the ،e is thriving and is demonstrating as such with ،ney ،uction.
The video below s،ws the first ،ney and ،neycomb 🐝 🍯
However, I cannot harvest this ،ney because the ،e is in its first season. It needs to build up its size and strength first.
The best-case scenario is that once the ideal weather of October arrives, there might be enough surplus. Then, I can harvest some ،ney for our family and also for ،liday gifts.
However, the more likely scenario is that I am able to harvest my first surplus ،ney when the colony is in its second season next year.
Surplus Honey Only!
In other words, a good beekeeper will only take ،ney from a ،e that is in excess of what the colony needs.
I certainly won’t take any that the ،e needs for optimal thriving and survival over the winter.
A ten-frame Langstroth ،e, which is what I have, can be expected to ،uce 50-100 pounds of surplus ،ney every year if it is healthy and thriving!
Hint: I’m having so much fun, that next year, I’m also going to possibly get a second backyard ،e!