Bees drinking honey.

Posted in Bees on October 18th, 2011

I had a hive which was a little light so I started to feed them back some honey. They all lined up to take a drink.


Bees drinking honey

Gift Basket Donation at the MSBA meeting

Posted in Neat Idea on October 17th, 2011

Gift Basket

This weekend was the MSBA annual meeting. There were excellent  speakers.  They got me excited about expanding the number of nucs I have. Blue Line Apiary was able to donate a gift basket of goodies including some handmade soap made by Richard and Peggy. Contact me for more information about purchasing gift baskets.

Faulty honey gate wastes honey

Posted in Bee Tools on October 12th, 2011

Broken Dadant Honey Gate

After extracting honey I sometimes find it more convenient to store honey in 5 gallon buckets rather than bottling it right away.  Most of the time I will store it in a bucket with a honey gate to make bottling easier.  After leaving for the long weekend, I returned to find a partially filled honey bucket had dumped all over the floor and carpet.  As I was scooping up honey from the floor, I tried to determine what  had happened. The bucket had been on the shelf untouched for at least 3 weeks and I was sure the spill had happened over the last 3 days.  I found the thumb screw on the ground in a puddle of honey and the gate in the closed position.  I inspected the gate and found 1/2 of the screw still in the gate. Apparently the pressure of the honey pushing from the inside of the gate had broken the screw. In the photo above you can see the round circle where the screw was broken off.

The most frustrating part of this is Dadant seems to know screw is faultily. The sell a 65 cent metal replacement thumb screw. I have lost over $150 worth of honey because a they were trying to save costs on a screw. From now on I will use the other style of honey gate with a metal pivot and screw.