Photo credit on most of these captures goes to my youngest son Chase. He does an excellent job finding fun angles to help tell a story.
Obviously, having a friend who is into beekeeping is so beneficial for sharing advice and asking questions, but also being able to view someone else's hives. Her bees are doing SO amazing. Neither one of us have ever used our smokers to enter our hives; nor are we dead set on taking any honey this year. It's important to both of us to build our hives up strong and help them make it through the long upcoming winter months.
Next, we headed to my hives to do the same sort of clean up.
We scraped and removed a bunch of burr comb and I experienced my first bee sting. And yes, it hurt like a Hell!
Phew, got that over with so it won't happen again right? LOL!
I left all of the burr comb pieces and bees alone for a few hours so they could clean up what they needed and then make their way back into the hive. Once they were pretty much all gone I came back to collect the comb to prevent animals like skunks and raccoons from being attracted to the area.