Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Power of Two
But often I find I'm on my own, lifting 45 to 50 lb super boxes.
My muscles didn't dissolve during winter and I was really relieved to find I could heft the boxes right away this spring.... and yes, the bees have got a couple supers filled already.
I'm not certain where they're getting all this honey considering the wet spring we've had. I do have a theory... but I'll get into that another time.
I use two hive tools. First I get one hive tool into the crack between the supers (yellow tool at left). Then I use the tool as a lever, pressing down until I create a small gap between the supers. I put the second tool into the crack next to the first one. Then I lever the second tool to create a gap and remove the first and insert it in the gap--kind of like working hand over hand with the tool.
Then all that's left to do is heft the box without getting stung and squishing bees.