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August 2019 Apiary Diary

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Anyway .... Mother is back from another dog job.

I'm hoping to get a free bee this week  before the doggie heads back down south next week.

 

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Alls gone quiet now that  jimmys in bed,

for sure paddy he’ll have a sore head, 

dr speights down the hatch all afternoon, 

His hives are all treated there’s only a few 

the shops all closed up the fires a crankin 

Mrs C has been out and jimmys been ...

 

couldnt resist 😜

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Posted (edited)

aieaah .... you guys are good !

Goodnight 💋

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11 minutes ago, M4tt said:

Good gosh you guys 

Have come alive 

Who would have thought 

You’d be so bored 

To be amused by 

Each other’s lies 

This winters night

While Jamesc’s missus is out of site 

He’s home getting plastered 

Lucky b.....d 

Jamesc may be a lucky bar...d,

Staying home n getting plastered.

But when tomorrow he counting mites,

Will triple or doubles be in his sights.

The numbers he sees may confuse,

Tomorrow night hell be back on the booze.

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August dairy,  cracked a few lids this morning before rain stopped play, managed to pull a few  splits out of the site as some of the girls had built a few cups along the bottom bars.,, that should take their minds off increase for a few weeks. 

Dropped a caged nuc  Queen and bees into each of the splits for good measure, overall there’s a trickle of bush coming in.. counting down for the willow explosion... hurry up already. 

Sorry - pic is over 2mb

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Spotted on my walk today , Blackwood in full flower and fodder willow just thinking about starting.

surprised to see willow aphid so early 

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My bees completely ignore my flowering blackwoods

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Cracked open a nuc today to find a population of one Queen and one bee.  

Dropped the Queen and bee onto a frame from a Queenless nuc with a queen cell in it.

Oh were they happy, there was so much fanning going on it was like a cold front had blown in.

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Spring  comes with cold , wind and drizzle.

But winter was nice so don't grizzle.

Soon summer will come.

With the heat of the sun.

And we'll moan bout the heat as we sizzle.

 

 

 

 

 

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More freezing rain last night .....  and another stunner of a day ..... We were gonna go and crack lids and feed bees , but it was that freaking chilly  first thing  we set to and   spent the morning  composing poetry for Stoney as we built a dry stone retaining wall. I guess thats the great thing about being a Hobby Beeekeeper .....  there's no real pressure to crack the lids anymore to meet the deadlines.

 

And besides ..... "with a head like lead "   ...... Aah no ..... I think we are over poetry for a while.

 

 

 

2 minutes ago, CraBee said:

Cracked open a nuc today to find a population of one Queen and one bee.  

Dropped the Queen and bee onto a frame from a Queenless nuc with a queen cell in it.

Oh were they happy, there was so much fanning going on it was like a cold front had blown in.

Staples ??

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4 minutes ago, jamesc said:

More freezing rain last night .....  and another stunner of a day ..... We were gonna go and crack lids and feed bees , but it was that freaking chilly  first thing  we set to and   spent the morning  composing poetry for Stoney as we built a dry stone retaining wall. I guess thats the great thing about being a Hobby Beeekeeper .....  there's no real pressure to crack the lids anymore to meet the deadlines.

 

And besides ..... "with a head like lead "   ...... Aah no ..... I think we are over poetry for a while.

 

 

 

Staples ??

 

No not to do with varroa, it was just never really strong enough and so just dwindled away.  

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On 26/08/2019 at 7:58 PM, jamesc said:

Nice.

The second verse is edited and runs like this ....

 

'Crikey mate,

It's only monday an you done half a crate,

The missus is gone with the dogs an looks like you is in deep ####

No worries mate, crate,

Reckon you can handle it.'

Third verse please.

Sounds like my life story at the moment. 

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Bad side of beeing in NZ you got expensive beer. I just pop over the border for same beer produced in our country for double less money ..  😎 All the cars returning to croatia from shopping have beer crates 😁

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Its jamesc fault, let it be said,

working alone, have poems in my head.

Got to come out and tell its tale,

Or ill sit here about to wail.

For mites i tried speights and draught,

But the day ended up being a laugh.

One for the mites and two for me,

By the end of the day could hardly see.

Its tough doing a southern mans job,

when you dont have southern mans dog.

But I'm a northern man you see,

Me and my mites its meths to please.

The color is happy, strong and bright,

For us its such a gay delight.

But the taste is such a dread,

Unless it's poured through white bread.

But the smell of course is a curse,

Reminds me of my old dental nurse.

With her big busom smock so clean,

And that horrid whirling machine.

Sitting in the chair not sure what to expect,

Smiling with her breast pressed against my neck.

Such the dreams of a small schoolboy,

Time to go home and play with my toy.

But tales of things that one could catch,

Makes you shiver and start to scratch.

Off to the chemist he says try this,

But before you do, take a piss.

Open the packet and to my surprise,

The color purple hits my eyes.

I used enough to fill a booth,

Then screamed and yelled and hit the roof.

I knew it then, and know it now,

This stuff i'm sure could kill a cow.

Being a Beek is what I do,

But varroa keeps me in the poo.

The only thing that I know for sure,

What blue my head when I was pure.

That bottle so happy, strong and bright,

Will be all I need to kill my mites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MPI got the bee sample results back from the lab today ..... no exotic pests or diseases found, but they did note that two of the samples had very high mite levels ..... pointing a a hit and miss treatment regime. (Their words)

The treatemnt was'nt hit and miss, but the results were .... so I am really none the wiser as  to the cause of  the   catastrophic outcome. 

  

 

 

 

21 hours ago, Dennis Crowley said:

Its jamesc fault, let it be said,

working alone, have poems in my head.

Got to come out and tell its tale,

Or ill sit here about to wail.

For mites i tried speights and draught,

But the day ended up being a laugh.

One for the mites and two for me,

By the end of the day could hardly see.

Its tough doing a southern mans job,

when you dont have southern mans dog.

But I'm a northern man you see,

Me and my mites its meths to please.

The color is happy, strong and bright,

For us its such a gay delight.

But the taste is such a dread,

Unless it's poured through white bread.

But the smell of course is a curse,

Reminds me of my old dental nurse.

With her big busom smock so clean,

And that horrid whirling machine.

Sitting in the chair not sure what to expect,

Smiling with her breast pressed against my neck.

Such the dreams of a small schoolboy,

Time to go home and play with my toy.

But tales of things that one could catch,

Makes you shiver and start to scratch.

Off to the chemist he says try this,

But before you do, take a piss.

Open the packet and to my surprise,

The color purple hits my eyes.

I used enough to fill a booth,

Then screamed and yelled and hit the roof.

I knew it then, and know it now,

This stuff i'm sure could kill a cow.

Being a Beek is what I do,

But varroa keeps me in the poo.

The only thing that I know for sure,

What blue my head when I was pure.

That bottle so happy, strong and bright,

Will be all I need to kill my mites.

 

 

 

classic !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So ..... I sat by the fire and had a wind down from the day with a nice pot of green tea and had a big think about the results from our bee samples.

No exotic disease or pests. Two of the nine samples had high mite levels. Seven did'nt.

So why were those seven sampled hives looking like garbage, or dead.

 

It's a bit like our second boy. Been crook for months and months with stomach problems. Doctors could'nt find anything and we had begun to wonder if it was just an excuse to get of school.

And then we found another doctor..... and hey presto ..... a nasty  micro organism in the gut that had been contracted from animals.

 

So ..... we need more samples and another lab. There is no doubt bees die ..... but mass die offs.

I read that Bayer have a purpose built facility in both the States and Europe to study bee health and the effects of environmental factors.

I wonder how much work they have done on O/A.

 

 

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I had two apiarys killed completely a few years back and the only possible answer was organo- silicate surfactants used on the neighbouring forestry block when spraying gorse. Despite this product being absolutely deadly to bees it does not have to be labelled as such because it's not an insecticide. I cannot believe that it is not labelled as toxic to bees and should not be sprayed onto flowers.

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Any mention of Nosema @jamesc? Don't know if MPI would have covered them or not? Not considered exotic?

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just had a look at the home hive. 

it looks like the double queen hive has survived winter with both queens which might interest @frazzledfozzle.

yesterday was the first day i've had for the last month where it did not rain, today might be the same.

good bit of brood and a little bit of shake in the hive.

  

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Yes, we were doing bees yesterday down towards the Big Swamp of Christchurch  and were shaking nectar .... so we came home with a nearly full syrup tank.

The interesting part of the day was the amount of superscedures going on.  Queenless hives, virgins running around, and SS cells incubating.

I wonder how much of this is related to O/A ?

On 29/08/2019 at 10:06 PM, Ali said:

Any mention of Nosema @jamesc? Don't know if MPI would have covered them or not? Not considered exotic?

no mention of nosema

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

and SS cells incubating.

I wonder how much of this is related to O/A ?

 

I reckon seeing SS cells at this time of year is due to poor queens rather than O/A. Happened to me this time last year and I'm pretty sure my autumn queens were inferior, so lots of SS.

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