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1 hour ago, cBank said:

 

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

Good point. It would of been to the darker side. She eventually stayed on the same side if I tilted the frame to get to walk 'down'....got her more or less in the middle of tge frame doing that. 

If you try it let me know if your queen does it too...navigates downward.

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Cracked the lids on ours today, finally some progress! Looking good for Xmas presents☺☺

It must have been the day for scraping and jarring. I got some lovely light honey with a lemony tang to it.  

Today I took some honey off my hives. It's only taken 3 years to get surplus honey . Like waiting for a orange off an Orange tree or a peach. I took three capped frames and did the scrape an

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

Yellow is last season's colour. May not be so old. 

She was the replacement queen last season, after the hive swarmed 

 

They have kept me really busy over spring squishing queen cells and play cups

 

A more experienced Beek would have replaced her sooner 

However, the hive hasn’t swarmed and it’s been good learning.

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Personally, I prefer picking up the queen by wings with right hand facing to my left, then placed on left index finger facing left, and legs gently held by left thumb.  The open, primed  Posca marking pen is in palm of right hand.  She is often a bit startled, and marked while she is considering her options.  Then I often let her walk over my hand - while over open box, of course - while ink dries a bit, and then lower her down to the frame or she jumps down.  Great moment.  And nitrile gloves enable this sort of manipulation, which takes about a minute or less once she has been found.

Only had one "faint" but she recovered in a minute or two - it took me longer !

 

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30 minutes ago, tudor said:

Personally, I prefer picking up the queen by wings with right hand facing to my left, then placed on left index finger facing left, and legs gently held by left thumb.  The open, primed  Posca marking pen is in palm of right hand.  She is often a bit startled, and marked while she is considering her options.  Then I often let her walk over my hand - while over open box, of course - while ink dries a bit, and then lower her down to the frame or she jumps down.  Great moment.  And nitrile gloves enable this sort of manipulation, which takes about a minute or less once she has been found.

Only had one "faint" but she recovered in a minute or two - it took me longer !

 

Yes those fainting queens make one very anxious and contemplating whether it was a squash hold that caused it or the paint, or “oh my god that was a wasted 4 weeks!”?

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The fishing has been rubbish from Whakatane  to Opapae so Ive come home to the Bees
The first new Summer Queen orders have started so Id rather be organizing them  than sitting in a tin can with a grumpy crew catching sharks.
My son shot a couple of yearling Reds near a apiary two weeks ago so we had back steaks for Christmas instead of fish although it was Tua Tua fritters for breakfast today.
There are some tall hives by the Oyster farm at Ohope and some really burnt off country that side of the Mamakus where all those brightly colored hives usually sit.
 

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3 hours ago, Rob Stockley said:

Pre-harvest AFB checks and box  sorting this afternoon. Found one queen laying up a storm in two boxes above the excluder - cheeky minx!

I have no idea what my bees are doing below their excluders.

To look means lifting off a nearly  full honey super.

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10 hours ago, kaihoka said:

I have no idea what my bees are doing below their excluders.

To look means lifting off a nearly  full honey super.

Mine are all three or four FD high at present. One or two boxes fully capped per hive.  I'm not tall enough to let them go five high so it's time to harvest. 

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