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September 2019 Apiary Diary

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1 minute ago, tristan said:

 

 

the hives are not cheap enough for disposable hives...yet.

 

most of these things have been tried before and most orchards chat with each other, so most know the pitfalls of doing it.

i think the lads went and helped an orchard who is running their own hives because their beek got injured and was out of action.

however some orchards have done it very well, but generally they are big enough to have a full time dedicated businesses just doing the bees.

its the small ones that run into trouble, when the beekeeping is only part time and the orchard tends to come first rather than the bees, and thats when it all goes downhill.

The first hives I was offered years ago were a rescue job back in the 90’s . I didn’t take them . They were rotten past the point of no return 

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On Saturday I inspected the last of my hives that were last opened up in autumn - taranaki apiary that doesn't get hassled too often. Peaceful sunny day with a glorious mountain backdrop (wets at that point not yet supered on in foreground). Then on sunday i did coi checks for a couple of friends in new plymouth, funny thing is that one had done the afb course a year or so ago and hadn't realised that a deca is now only a form away... nice way to spend some time in the sunshine, and i got rewarded with some nice coffee so well worth it :)

Stunning day for it. All cruising along happily.

 

Only loss of the winter was a hive i manage on behalf with a homemade (by someone else) base, and the base had experienced structural failure, sealing the hive up... I'll replace the hive (and base) cos i guess I should have noticed that their gear was rubbish, plus i'm happy to get rid of some of my bees.

 

spring feels underway.

 

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Iv been going around replacing rotten gears and have been amazed by how strong some hives are, capped brood right through but ###### all stores and nothing capped so I fed 2-3L to 72 hives today and I'll go though that for the next few days then shifting starts.

Manuka out wests a bit late this year.

 

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23 minutes ago, Maru Hoani said:

Iv been going around replacing rotten gears and have been amazed by how strong some hives are, capped brood right through but ###### all stores and nothing capped so I fed 2-3L to 72 hives today and I'll go though that for the next few days then shifting starts.

Manuka out wests a bit late this year.

 

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Someone told me that manuka is already coming in from northland, any truth in the rumour ??

 

 

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37 minutes ago, tommy dave said:

 

 

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My gosh that’s a nice photo 😊

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14 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

Someone told me that manuka is already coming in from northland, any truth in the rumour ??

yes. 

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7 minutes ago, M4tt said:

My gosh that’s a nice photo 😊

nice spot :)

 

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21 hours ago, jamesc said:

Uh Huh ..... hanging out for a bit of grass growth .... but everything is getting zapped by frosts..

 

Yeah, we are still getting the odd frosts. Drone brood in decent quantity just making an appearance now at my home hives. School hives 6 km down the road are a couple of weeks ahead, but they have all the backyard flowers to raid, plus our school's extensive lavender hedging.

Grass growth on the home farm just taking off now. 

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1 hour ago, tristan said:

yes. 

Wow. Is that early ??

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20 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

Wow. Is that early ??

i don't think its early.

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9 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

Iv been going around replacing rotten gears and have been amazed by how strong some hives are, capped brood right through but ###### all stores and nothing capped so I fed 2-3L to 72 hives today and I'll go though that for the next few days then shifting starts.

Manuka out wests a bit late this year.

 

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Got your moneys worth out of those bro!

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53 minutes ago, Phil46 said:

Got your moneys worth out of those bro!

Thermo wood gears bro, they only last about 5-7 years. The ones I've been replacing with are paraffin wax dipped 

With a 30 year life span

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Nah its not cold today at all...

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Aah So .....

See how the frozen snow gilds the cherry

Spring is fickle

The willows slow

The antarctic low penetrates the higher Latitudes

Tomorrow we shall strike

Vent forth our frustration

At  a lifestyle that we are accustomed  to like.

 

And governments that say 'On yer bike'

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On 23/09/2019 at 7:32 PM, nikki watts said:

Someone told me that manuka is already coming in from northland, any truth in the rumour ??

 

 

Up the top it probly is we're a few months behind in Hokianga

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8 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

Nice duck shooting pozzie

If you was'nt a vegan .

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Duck with honey

5 hours ago, CraBee said:

Nah its not cold today at all...

beekeeper cold.jpeg

 

Looks like he was in a Canty grafting yard yesterday with the hail.  Crikey, I thought I was going to die of cold.  No wonder - daylight today revealed snow on the Port Hills above Little River

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I live on a Ridge in Apiary land

Surrounded by Big guys and keep just two Hives at home, neither being flash.
This one is a battler, each spring just scraping through as it has done this time.
Always has a few dead Bees at the entrance, more so in  Spring.

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5 hours ago, CraBee said:

Nah its not cold today at all...

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And endless westerly crap for the forseeable future .

Does auckland get westerly wind ?

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17 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

And endless westerly crap for the forseeable future .

Does auckland get westerly wind ?

 

Yes we sure do get the Westerly and like you the next ten days look like more of the same, which is more than frustrating as I've got hives into some spots where the manuka is due to start flowering but the bees will be getting hammered.

 

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Just now, CraBee said:

 

Yes we sure do get the Westerly and like you the next ten days look like more of the same, which is more than frustrating as I've got hives into some spots where the manuka is due to start flowering but the bees will be getting hammered.

 

Great timing for me too. My new queens are due for there flights.

 

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1 minute ago, cBank said:

My new queens are due for there flights.

They have options and should be fine

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8 minutes ago, cBank said:

Great timing for me too. My new queens are due for there flights.

 

 

Yes I'm with you on that.  The first splits I made this year I checked in on a week or so ago and there were a nice bunch of VQ's......who wont get out the front door in this weather.

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1 hour ago, CraBee said:

 

Yes I'm with you on that.  The first splits I made this year I checked in on a week or so ago and there were a nice bunch of VQ's......who wont get out the front door in this weather.

My macadamia is covered in buds , I am hoping they do not open for a week or two .

It will probably be another good yr for rewa rewa . I have never tried the honey but I have heard it is nice .

The native bees are active on the manuka in much colder and windier conditions than honey bees .

I would not consider mating a queen here till nov .

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