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September 2018 Apiary Diary

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1 hour ago, cBank said:

 

Every word of this hurts me, beginning to end.

And there’s not a stirrer in sight...?

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Two sides of one frame from today.  The site this hive is from produced quite similar frames last year too, albeit from different hives.  

When I see frames like this it means.......swarming is very very near.  

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I looked through my most carniolan hive yesterday mostly to move boxes on the base to summer entrance size.

A couple of weeks ago I had reorganised this hive because there were not enough bees to stop dampness.

Now the two brood boxes are overflowing with bees , open and capped brood and swarm cells .

And all the stored honey has  gone.

I had read that carniolan can explode their numbers quickly in a decent run of spring weather.

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13 hours ago, CraBee said:

Two sides of one frame from today.  The site this hive is from produced quite similar frames last year too, albeit from different hives.  

When I see frames like this it means.......swarming is very very near.

i notice that none of your frames are chewed up along the bottom.

did that ever happen with your wooden frames?

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I've woken up this morning at 6:45 to an AFB warning text message. "within 2km" :(

 

The good thing is, apparently Alastair's checks worth the effort, he was going around few days back and checked this area, I guess it's best he found the culprits.

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Checked both hives today and both full with a mixture of honey, brood and pollen. In both cases Queens were on the outside frames so I put a 3/4 box on each to allow them to move up.

Didn't have any drawn frames so they got new ones as supplied by Ecrotec.

 

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Queen courtesy of @M4tt

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19 hours ago, Kiwi Bee said:

@CraBeedo you have mesh floor there?

 

Yes I have a combination of pallets with mesh and Hive Doctor floors.

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2 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

Queen rearing learning curve this season @DuncanCook?

I would like to think so but both Queens are less than 1 year old so barring accidents or swarming they should be ok this season.

 

Still haven't done a split yet , sigh!!! so much to learn and so little time

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23 hours ago, CraBee said:

Two sides of one frame from today.  The site this hive is from produced quite similar frames last year too, albeit from different hives.  

When I see frames like this it means.......swarming is very very near.  

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Sheesh, where they putting the kai bro ?

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23 hours ago, CraBee said:

Two sides of one frame from today.  The site this hive is from produced quite similar frames last year too, albeit from different hives.  

When I see frames like this it means.......swarming is very very near.  

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nice !

thats what good queens and good food does.

but its nothing to do with swarming. otherwise i would have had all ours swarm weeks ago. 

however i do expect swarming to kick off any day now due to the stop start flow we are having. this weather will set them off.

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

Sheesh, where they putting the kai bro ?

 

Its a funny site.  There are usually good bee numbers and brood but not much in the way of stores.  Any day now they will get started on a Willow flow that will kick them along for a month, then they go hungry again...

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1 hour ago, tristan said:

 

nice !

thats what good queens and good food does.

but its nothing to do with swarming. otherwise i would have had all ours swarm weeks ago. 

however i do expect swarming to kick off any day now due to the stop start flow we are having. this weather will set them off.

 

There is some research which says that a part of the swarming equation is lack of availability of cells for a Queen to lay in and high levels of capped brood.

 

I only really see these almost complete frames when swarming is just about to hit.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, CraBee said:

There is some research which says that a part of the swarming equation is lack of availability of cells for a Queen to lay in and high levels of capped brood.

yes, so give them room.

6 minutes ago, CraBee said:

I only really see these almost complete frames when swarming is just about to hit.

i think you have the cart in front of the horse.

 

now the goal is getting all the hives like that.

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Taupo is cranking, Ive got boxes of god knows what.

Although my last site for this round of treatments was at least a month behind it's 1km  distant neighbor 

Sunny sites next to Spanish Heather, Fivefinger and pitto that wintered as doubles are really going well.

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On ‎12‎/‎09‎/‎2018 at 12:50 PM, Trevor Gillbanks said:

I have just had a complaint from my neighbors about my bees.

They tell me that my bees have over pollinated their citrus trees and they are worried the trees will die from over exertion.

 

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Funny that, Ive had the same comment from a Lime grove I have bees in, fruit for miles they have never seen so much.

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This year everything from camelia to willow to fruit trees to cherry trees are all flowering exceptionally heavier than normal 

 

Weeping Willow that is . The Goldens and Tortured are very ill from the giant Willow aphid damage from the previous three autumns 

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27 minutes ago, M4tt said:

This year everything from camelia to willow to fruit trees to cherry trees are all flowering exceptionally heavier than normal 

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Spreading Cherry, opening up more each day

The bees are onto it, foraging the open blooms. 

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My hives on blueberry pollination are pumping . The first of the new season drones are emerging

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@Beefriendly it was the hot summer ripening all the forming bud wood.

i do not think it will be a good  year for rata though.

its too early to tell, but i am not optimistic.

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3 hours ago, M4tt said:

My hives on blueberry pollination are pumping . The first of the new season drones are emerging

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Beauuuutifulllll

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2 hours ago, kaihoka said:

@Beefriendly it was the hot summer ripening all the forming bud wood.

i do not think it will be a good  year for rata though.

its too early to tell, but i am not optimistic.

Thanks for the info @kaihoka... I was wondering why

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On 19/09/2018 at 9:03 AM, DuncanCook said:

Brits old enough to remember WW11 rationing will recall Camp coffee substitute made with chicory, I developed quite a taste for it.

 

Guess I will never fit into Kiwi coffee culture then   ?

you can buy it as a coffee substitute for the caffeine junkies trying to wean off, i have a  bag here 

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