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December 2017 Beekeeping Diary

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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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I find lifting a full honey super off at the endend of, what I can manage.

I take a HD nuc with me and put 5 of the frames in before I lift it.

The 3/4 I can manage .

 

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Queen hunting today...

@dansar I thought you said stripey queens are hard to find

2 checks., found her both times

caught her, marked her... got the photo

 

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I also managed to see her and get a pic

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17 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

she’s going to replace this 2 year old

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

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

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

I think I marked her with the pen I had in my pocket at the time 

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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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35 minutes ago, M4tt said:

I think I marked her with the pen I had in my pocket at the time 

Was the correct colour

I was incorrect in saying she’s a 2 year old queen

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1 hour ago, M4tt said:

I think I marked her with the pen I had in my pocket at the time 

How do you get such a even red dot just on her thorax .

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6 hours ago, kaihoka said:

How do you get such a even red dot just on her thorax .

@M4tt marked the yellow one . He showed me how to mark a queen in 2016

Get the pen to flow well before using it

 

The red one was my attempt yesterday 

 

 

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9 hours ago, kaihoka said:

How do you get such a even red dot just on her thorax .

Use a Queen catcher cage like in my video. (One handed queen catcher). Holds the queen very steady for marking.

 

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@Trevor Gillbanks I have one of those and have watched the video.

I think it requires skill.:6_smile:

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2 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

@Trevor Gillbanks I have one of those and have watched the video.

I think it requires skill.:6_smile:

Yes.  Like everything, Practice makes perfect

Well done with that red dot.  Very clean.

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42 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Yes.  Like everything, Practice makes perfect

Well done with that red dot.  Very clean.

Thank you Trev

she was hand held and only my second queen marking

 

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11 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

she was hand held and only my second queen marking

I first had bees in 1981 and haven't marked one yet, you're doing very well !

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2 minutes ago, yesbut said:

I first had bees in 1981 and haven't marked one yet, you're doing very well !

Some people just aren't happy with the black dot they're born with I guess.. 

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3 minutes ago, yesbut said:

I first had bees in 1981 and haven't marked one yet, you're doing very well !

Why thank you @yesbut

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1 minute ago, Stoney said:

Some people just aren't happy with the black dot they're born with I guess.. 

The black dot is a bit hard to see :117_eyes:

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I use the Queen catcher for marking my Queens. The first couple of times i was all fingers and thumbs, after that easy as. Also

it's somewhere safe for the Queen to be while I'm checking brood etc. And the dot of paint has time to dry.

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

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I had three hives the other day with queens both above and below the excluder which is something I don't see very often.

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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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