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About this blog

The ongoing (hopefully) saga of a hobby beekeeper.

 

As noted in the original (2016 summer) log, the purpose of this log is as follows:

 

-Online log to access & keep track of things.

-Write up notable events at my apiary from the start.

-Hopefully in part speed up my development as a beekeeper.

-Note down observations and measurements / estimates.

-Help me look back and understand why something happened.

-Draft future plans and intentions for the apiary and use the forum as a sounding board for those.

 

First year of the apiary recorded in the archive: 

 

 

Entries in this blog

 

30/09/2017 - super up

Checked both hives.   The split hive was fed syrup for the past week to encourage comb-drawing, which has worked very well - the checkerboarded top box has a good amount of uncapped syrup on freshly drawn comb and the queen is busily laying in the middle - no queen cups / cells. Sugar shake tested for varroa from brood frames, no mites fell on the plate. Removed varroa strips and the top feeder, added a honey super above QE. Happier about the stores situation now than I was last week -

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23/09/2017 - decision to split

Hives   Went through the hive with the old (failing) queen and the new prolific one. The queens are separated with a QE so I know what's happening with each one. Hive is doing really well in terms of numbers of bees & brood.   In the failing queen FD, the bees had made a supersedure cell from one of the playcups - it had been capped during the week. No swarm cells anywhere - just the one supersedure. My guess is that the nurse bees in that part of the hive couldn't smell

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16/09/2017 - spring build up

Both hives checked.   The 2-queened hive is really pumping - having one queen in each FD and placing a QE in between was a great tip, as now I can better see what's going on.   The new queen is laying up a storm - the old one is still laying but not as well. The hive is full of bees and the bees are 'holding hands' big time - they are even hanging below the hivedoctor base. Despite this, there is still space to lay and to store honey. Hopefully checkerboarding emptier frames

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07/09/2017 - 2 queens in a hive

The bees' continued attempts to make the beekeeper understand their behaviour still have no effect - the beekeeper still doesn't understand what on earth the bees are doing.   To recap: 03/06/2017 - capped queen cell - decided to keep it in the hive and see what happens 13/08/2017 - unmarked queen found with plenty of brood; figured a successful mid-winter supersedure had taken place 31/08/2017 - spotted a marked queen in the same hive. Hive is super busy and flowing ove

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19/08/2017 - a quick peek

A quick AFB matchstick test for one of the hives - no symptoms but wanting to be sure.   Further inspections stopped by rain...followed by hail. Thanks Auckland.

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