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December 2017 Beekeeping Diary

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From trying both I found the Scott towels worked better ie lasted longer than the super cheap ones and with the Scott towels it's not ripped out in big chunks. 

The super cheap ones where in a box and looked and felt like stiffer kitchen towels

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My thought for the day is why do you get you suit on and then you need to poo

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1 minute ago, glynn said:

My thought for the day is why do you get you suit on and then you need to poo

Mother nature has a weird sense of humour.

 

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@glynn

 

So others can have a good laugh

Thanks for sharing 

mine is...

pretty much suited up with boots on

darn Ive left...

glasses

phone

hive tools

need more matches

or any of the above inside 

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5 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

@glynn

 

So others can have a good laugh

Thanks for sharing 

mine is...

pretty much suited up with boots on

darn Ive left...

glasses

phone

hive tools

need more matches

or any of the above inside 

That's why I carry my toolbox.

 

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2 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

That's why I carry my toolbox.

 

yep have one of those too

well basket, actually 

things seem to walk...

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I still go out to the ute only to find my keys in my shorts inside my suit

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Me and Nan out doing the rounds today. Into town quick stop then back heading for the hills still leaves me gob stopped at how much necter some hives can drag back from such a burnt land.

Brought back the feed we had taken out and used all the supers we had taken out to get them to turn sugar into brood for Nucs. So fingers crossed. Funny how some hives go from a Nuc to 15 frames of capped brood in what seems a blink of the eye.

Just finished the day having a poke at the observation hive doing well started her as a few shakes of frames and a Queen.

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Seems to be a bit of a clover flow on, had one hive that didnt make the grade for kiwifruit pollination on a site, was 3 high but really should have been a single, now has 2.5 boxes of honey and more bees than it knows what to do with..... 

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Requeened hive with @M4tt‘s new season girl checked today

The hive temperament has improved 100%

 

I had a chat to tell them they weren’t to chase and sting himself today 

He duly put them to the test by dropping a frame. It was over the bottom brood box, so no major. Bees flew everywhere, as they do...

Gave them a couple of minutes to settle.

All good, no ansy upset bees.  

No stings ?

Beautiful new queen

 

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Update on my swarm lure hive.

This is a small swarm that came my way mid Oct. It has really grown. I moved it from a FD box to a nuc and then back into a full depth box mid Nov. It's got plenty of capped brood and has filled out over 6 frames now.

I posted about it here with photos and updated photos from today are below. 

When I first had this hive I could spot the queen quite easily. However it got harder when more bees hatched out. I was happy enough to accept that I didn't need to see the queen, there was plenty of eggs and larve so that was good enough.

 

Since then I've had @glynn come out to mark queens in my other two hives, just to help me out in case they superceed in the future. It was awesome having him look through! So helpful and I learnt about using the weight of the frames and where eggs and brood were to help determine where the queen might be. He gave me some home work to try and track down the queen in the single FD box.

Sogame on this morning, bees were out in force,  no wind, perfect for a bit of queen hunting.

 

Took me a while but found her finally!!! Bent down to get phone camera...couldn't see her anywhere!!!

Didn't give up and located her again...she was very fast. Kept moving from one side of the frame to the other. Couldn't get her to stay still so I just watched. I realised she was trying to go down whichever angle I tipped the frame. Interesting! Finally got a couple of snaps....yayyyy! Thanks @glynn and crew I learnt heaps yesterday...here she is and some of her handywork ☺

 

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Manipulations, Q finding etc much easier with 3/4 gear. Just saying. 

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1 hour ago, yesbut said:

Manipulations, Q finding etc much easier with 3/4 gear. Just saying. 

How so? When I take honey off I only have one box to check. If I ran 3/4 gear I'd be checking two boxes. Just saying.

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

If I ran 3/4 gear I'd be checking two boxes.

My queen are usually below the queen excluder.  Just saying

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10 minutes ago, Hector Wong said:

My queen are usually below the queen excluder.  Just saying

I run single FD brood below an excluder. If I ran 3/4 then that'd be 2x 3/4 below an excluder. Just saying. 

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47 minutes ago, Hector Wong said:

My queen are usually below the queen excluder.

 

36 minutes ago, Rob Stockley said:

If I ran 3/4 then that'd be 2x 3/4 below an excluder.

 

there is a thing that the queen is always in the top box when your running two brood boxes. of course thats not strictly true.

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44 minutes ago, tristan said:

 

 

there is a thing that the queen is always in the top box when your running two brood boxes. of course thats not strictly true.

 

When I was doing Spring splits I found the Queen more often than not in the top box and in one of the middle four frames.  Just saying.  

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

I run single FD brood below an excluder. If I ran 3/4 then that'd be 2x 3/4 below an excluder. Just saying. 

 

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3 hours ago, Rob Stockley said:

How so? When I take honey off I only have one box to check. If I ran 3/4 gear I'd be checking two boxes. Just saying.

I was referring to the comparative ease of handling and examining  3/4 frames.

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

I run single FD brood below an excluder. If I ran 3/4 then that'd be 2x 3/4 below an excluder. Just saying. 

Some people regard 2 X 3/4 as a better size for brood nest.

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This is my first year with jumbos that are full boxed hives. One went queen less and the jumbo frames were full of honey, man they were heavy. Other hives had full slabs of sealed brood, looked really really impressive on a full jumbo frame. I should really put a pic up.

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1 hour ago, yesbut said:

 

I was referring to the comparative ease of handling and examining  3/4 frames.

 I was referring to the time it takes to AFB check the entire brood nest prior to harvest. 

 

So we are both/several/all right.

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6 hours ago, Michelle L. said:

...she was very fast. Kept moving from one side of the frame to the other. Couldn't get her to stay still so I just watched. I realised she was trying to go down whichever angle I tipped the frame. 

 

 

Moving down or moving to the dark side (so to speak)?

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