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November 2018 Apiary Diary

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1 hour ago, cBank said:

It looks like the ‘nuc’ I’m desperately pretending isn’t a hive in an attempt to deflate hive numbers. Keeping numbers down is quite the challenge.

I think 4 is a good no for a hobby 

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43 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

I think 4 is a good no for a hobby 

 and nucs don't count do they....

 

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51 minutes ago, Mummzie said:

 and nucs don't count do they....

 

No they don't :6_smile:

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56 minutes ago, Mummzie said:

 and nucs don't count do they....

 

 

Or swarms, or temporary one, or ones that aren’t in the main apiary. I do need to sort this out though.

 

Genuine question, what makes a colony a nuc? The box? Does a queenless new split count as one? 10 frames in a single box with a newly laying queen but only a frame or 2 of brood?

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6 minutes ago, cBank said:

 

Or swarms, or temporary one, or ones that aren’t in the main apiary. I do need to sort this out though.

 

Genuine question, what makes a colony a nuc? The box? Does a queenless new split count as one? 10 frames in a single box with a newly laying queen but only a frame or 2 of brood?

I think it is any colony that is in a temporary home .

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28 minutes ago, cBank said:

 

Or swarms, or temporary one, or ones that aren’t in the main apiary. I do need to sort this out though.

 

Genuine question, what makes a colony a nuc? The box? Does a queenless new split count as one? 10 frames in a single box with a newly laying queen but only a frame or 2 of brood?

Too me a nuc is any thing that you could not pull a frame of honey from without indangering it life. 

 

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If it'll fit in a nuc box it's a nuc.

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Just pulled 4 like this. They are capping way faster this year. Yum.

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10 minutes ago, cBank said:

Just pulled 4 like this. They are capping way faster this year. Yum.

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Looks fantastic!!

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All that sugar is really bad for you

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30 minutes ago, cBank said:

Just pulled 4 like this. They are capping way faster this year. Yum.

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Where is the frame ? 

Do you cut it right out and use it as comb ?

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8 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Where is the frame ? 

Do you cut it right out and use it as comb ?

Yeah, cut it out and boxed it up. The off cuts were for us and I ate way too much. 3/4 frames aren’t ideal for cut comb but its what I have. There is going to be a lot this year. 

This idiot discovered he had 12 boxes for the 16 portions. Oops. More ordered.

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1 hour ago, cBank said:

Just pulled 4 like this.

4 boxes? nice start to the season :)

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5 minutes ago, tommy dave said:

4 boxes? nice start to the season :)

No, frames. There is about 4 boxes ready to extract but I want to leave them a little longer to get more capped for comb honey. Some is quite yellow but I should get about 5-10 more white ones.

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8 hours ago, cBank said:

Yeah, cut it out and boxed it up. The off cuts were for us and I ate way too much. 3/4 frames aren’t ideal for cut comb but its what I have. There is going to be a lot this year. 

This idiot discovered he had 12 boxes for the 16 portions. Oops. More ordered.

What about the wires , do they just pull out .

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4 hours ago, kaihoka said:

What about the wires , do they just pull out .

Yup. Snip and pull then once it disconnects it’s easy. I do a check at the end to see I got it all as those little bits of wire are evil and I’d prefer not to think about what would happen if a small bit was eaten.

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4 hours ago, kaihoka said:

What about the wires , do they just pull out .

I cut them and then use a battery to heat the wire and pull them out.

Just the same as with embedding foundation.  Easy as.

 

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1 hour ago, cBank said:

Yup. Snip and pull then once it disconnects it’s easy. I do a check at the end to see I got it all as those little bits of wire are evil and I’d prefer not to think about what would happen if a small bit was eaten.

 

If they are above an excluder in a honey super you can run them without foundation or wires. Only wax to cut out of frames and no chewy foundation wax.

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This rain is welcome to farmers anything thhis time of year is good. Should get us through to the new year. Not so sure however for clover flower. This could put pay to a flow for a while. 

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2 hours ago, flash4cash said:

This rain is welcome to farmers anything thhis time of year is good. Should get us through to the new year. Not so sure however for clover flower. This could put pay to a flow for a while. 

Last year everything came to a crashing halt at about Christmas for me due to the lack of ran in late November/early December. It’ll be interesting to see what this does.

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small break in the rain today, still not that warm. Bees weren't completely happy with losing honey, definitely a good day to wear a beesuit and gloves ;)

 

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1 hour ago, tommy dave said:

small break in the rain today, still not that warm. Bees weren't completely happy with losing honey, definitely a good day to wear a beesuit and gloves ;)

 

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Have you ever heard of bee escapes 

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8 hours ago, kaihoka said:

Have you ever heard of bee escapes 

yup, some should be turning up this week :)

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2 hours ago, tommy dave said:

yup, some should be turning up this week :)

Or thinking of some sweeper or blower..

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Today I thought I better check the quarantine yatd.

This is a yatd thay we have made up with pallets of hives the dogs have indicated on, but are as yet not ready to show us the visual symptons.

They needed feeding. We are tipping raw sugat into everything as we hunket down during this extended spell of Essterly garbage weather.

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