Monday, June 7, 2010

June 6th 2010

Oil Seed Rape - Extraction

One of my apiary's is only half a mile away from several very large fields of OSR which have just finished flowering for the year. I removed the super's to extract them or the nectar would of quickly crystallized and set solid. After a quick inspection I had 26 frames in total from 3 supers which passed the flick test to check if they were ready to be extracted the rest I left on the hive. Some of the extracted frames still had large amounts of semi solid OSR which could not be spun out so I will cut out the foundation and gently melt them down to separate the wax and then feed this back later in the year.

32.7 Lbs over all