Harvesting spring honey
For the first time, our bees have produced natural honeycombs. They do this to renew the comb structure. Honey harvested from natural combs is also particularly tasty. The period until the end of June is the best harvesting time.
In last year’s harsh winter, we combined several bee colonies as a protective measure. In spring, we were managing four colonies. However, the queen bee lays around 2,000 eggs every day and thus continually expands the population. As over the winter we had looked after six queen bees separately without a colony, we were now able to give each one her own colony again. Now, we have 10 colonies of bees on the roof of the building at Bahnhofstrasse 31 and have thus regained last year’s level. Do you know how you can make a queen bee accept foreign bees as her own colony? You simply spray all the bees with smoke so that they do not smell like another queen bee.
Our bees on the roof of Beyer Chronometrie are doing well. We have very strong colonies. That is hardly surprising, for there is plenty of food close by – the Old Botanical Gardens, the Schanzengraben and the Lindenhof are all just a short flight away.