Winter work list

Winter is all but here in my neck of the woods. Fall seems to be hanging by a thread. The temperatures are slowly dropping and it seems like a much more normal fall than in recent years. This year winter isn’t just going to show up without warning. That being said it’s time to button up the hives to get ready for the long and stressful (as always) winter. I rarely open the lid at all in winter, I feel like any intrusion could be disastrous. I will check Candy Boards on warmer days, and listen for a buzz while I knock on the hive. That pretty much sums up my winter intrusion. I’m running behind  installing my candy boards this year but the temps are hanging on a bit better anyhow. Now on to what beekeepers can get done during the winter months.

The Obvious-

More hive bodies: You can never have enough.

Nuc bodies: I need at least 10 more.

Lids and Bottom Boards for each:

Frames:

The less Obvious-

Moving screens- I have had more need for these than I realize. I really need about 10 of these.

Solar wax processer:

Bee Vac: have not had a need for this yet, however I’m from the school of; better to have and not need than to need and not have. They seem simple enough to build anyway.

A Beekeepers tool box: I think I have some great ideas to incorporate into this. We will see if I have the ability to turn the ideas into reality. This may be my first build and I’m sure it will take the longest. I’m starting to think I will build this out of ash. I just planed some the other day, I love the way it looks.

In other news I have acquired about 1000 board feet of rough sawn hard maple that will be incorporated into most if not all of these projects. It is some beautiful wood. It is also probably the worst lumber for building hives. It takes so much more time to process than pretty much any other species in north America. The density and angulation of the grain is a challenge for production work.

Its hard to tell if I’ll have time to get to everything. I also have some “Honey Do” projects to get through this year also. I’ll keep you up to date as things progress. Thanks for reading.

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2 comments on “Winter work list
  1. Erika says:

    Brian:
    I love reading your blog and seeing what you are doing with your bees. In honor of that I’d like to nominate you for The Liebster Award – a blogger to blogger award. The link is as follows: http://thefarmonthehill.com/2015/11/30/the-liebster-award/
    I hope you’ll accept and look forward to hearing reading your post.
    Keep up the good work!

    -Erika

  2. Hi Brian,

    I had no idea that you kept bees. I wish my winter work list was as sweet as yours.

    I must find time to go over your back posts.

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