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December 2018 Apiary Diary

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@Josh they may be having to defend from robbing .

They can get pretty stroppy then .

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8 hours ago, Philbee said:

How long did they last and were they a single stitch line type?

They were put in Sept 9th. Yup, single stitch. I can only guess when they were munched up, <12 weeks but >9 weeks

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7 hours ago, Josh said:

They were put in Sept 9th. Yup, single stitch. I can only guess when they were munched up, <12 weeks but >9 weeks

My advice

Put some more in 

 

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Ive just got in from going out to a small site that is a long way from home.
Last time I was there was Late August when I did and inspection and replaced the over wintered Staples with new ones, and stacked boxes on.
Its a site made up of Carni's I got from Jared and Bex years ago 

Its never been added to in any way but has had Nucs pulled off it and sold some years.
Never had a requeen or split added

No Queen excluders most years 

Its in a High density Bee area not far from the Waikato River near Reporoa.
Today I did 5 Alc washes on it for zero mites.

 

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10 hours ago, Philbee said:

My advice

Put some more in 

 

 

Already ordered the glycerine? Thanks for the advice.

 

I’m going to keep feeding them single row staples till I run out. And then get some EP going 

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Catching queens in the rain from the survivors. The duds are very dead.

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6 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Catching queens in the rain from the survivors. The duds are very dead.

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Did they die of cold and wet .

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5 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Did they die of cold and wet .

I suppose ....  LIvestock .... Deadstock.  Poly nucs always seem to take a lot of love and attention to get going, but once going the queens get mated very quickly. This year seems to have been very trying to keep them alive.  Today we were lucky. I needed 17 queens and found 17 survivors out of the 200 polys !  BUT .... they are quick and easy to make up again, when the weather comes right !

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You're right about the weather I had to knock off early for a swim it was that bloomin hot today..Hanging out for cloud..

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22 minutes ago, yesbut said:

You're right about the weather I had to knock off early for a swim it was that bloomin hot today..Hanging out for cloud..

Was the maitai warmer than the acheron 

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23 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Was the maitai warmer than the acheron 

Yes. Quite a bit.

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7 minutes ago, frazzledfozzle said:

@yesbut Any Kanuka starting to flower yet?

Yes some are quite heavy, but overall I think it's a bit patchy

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2 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

@yesbut Any Kanuka starting to flower yet?

Theres a pretty heavy flowering around takaka .

I am hoping it is going to move across the bay .

I can see buds on my kanuka .

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7 hours ago, kaihoka said:

Theres a pretty heavy flowering around takaka .

I am hoping it is going to move across the bay .

I can see buds on my kanuka .

 

Thats good to hear.

Not a lot of mono came out of Golden Bay last season so it’s good to hear it could turn around for the beekeepers this season . 

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9 hours ago, yesbut said:

Yes some are quite heavy, but overall I think it's a bit patchy

 

I don’t think there’s been a good flowering for a couple of seasons now , thought it might be a boomer this year. 

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Kanuka is just about finished here. Not many honey bees working it but thousands of these cute little critters. 

 

 

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On 11/12/2018 at 9:17 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

Is that an early finish @CHCHPaul ?

 

No, I don’t think so. But things are a bit topsy turvey this year. The Pohutukawa hasn’t started yet, but this time last year was full bloom. 

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Beekeepers must have got a bit more work done over the last day!

@Grant your uptime is very good and this must have been some long hours. Thanks.

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Dear Sanata

 

Can i please have sunshine and 30°C for the the month of January? I know i have not been as good as i could be... but I was better than last yeat so that has got to count for something. 

 

Your Favorite Fan 

Flash 

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2 hours ago, cBank said:

Beekeepers must have got a bit more work done over the last day!

Yeh I did too .

 My dairy herd has sold ?????

Right , that’s more than enough of that type of talk here 

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55 minutes ago, M4tt said:

Yeh I did too .

 My dairy herd has sold ?????

Right , that’s more than enough of that type of talk here 

I wondered how you were going to wangle time off...

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4 hours ago, flash4cash said:

Dear Sanata

 

Can i please have sunshine and 30°C for the the month of January? I know i have not been as good as i could be... but I was better than last yeat so that has got to count for something. 

 

Your Favorite Fan 

Flash 

You might have better luck if you addressed your letter to Santa.  I don't know if Sanata will be delivering any gifts this year.

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