Rendering This Season Beeswax Cappings!!

Oct. 9th-10th

This last weekend I went through the painstaking process of rendering this seasons bees wax cappings. The process involves a large canning kettle 2/3 full of water, brought up to 190 degrees, and submerging a fine cloth bag full of wax cappings. This is repeated 3 times into the same capping to make a single block of pure organic bees wax. It smells heavenly!! I will then break apart, melt, and pour the pure, clean, wax into ingots. Some ingots will be used in making wonderful products such as lip balm, lotions, and even leather treatments.

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Labor Day Weekend Sailing “Slough Coot” with Longtime Friends!

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Spinning This Seasons Honey!

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Our Two Osprey Chicks Are Now Flying!

The two baby Osprey chick don’t look like babies anymore. They started stretching there wing in flight everyday for the last 5 days. In the next few weeks Mom and Dad will be teaching them to hunt. 

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Harvesting Puget Island Honey

Today we started the process of harvesting honey this week. As you can see there is and escape board placed under the first two honey supers. When the bees leave the super at night to protect the queen they can’t go back up into the supers because the escapes are one way. Tomorrow I will remove the frames of the top two supers and then place the escape board under the last supers on each hive. By midday Saturday all the honey should be harvested.
More to come.

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Baby Osprey Chicks Exercising Wings

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Sailing Solo Down the Columbia River!

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Catching a Large Bull Swarm of Wild Honeybees

A friend on Puget Island called me, and asked if I wanted a large swarm of honeybees. These two short videos tell the story!

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20 Honey Super Total

We have 7 hives, 6 that are producing honey here on Puget Island. Each super will yelled  3 gallons of honey if they are packed full of honey. We also have 13 supers on the 5 Beaverton Willow Creek hives. I’m hoping for full frames of honey in every super.

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New Home for Wild Swarm

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