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November 2019 Apiary Diary

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21 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Will you plant it on your section ??!!

Certainly. I'll have to find a special spot for it. Going to have to make an effort to get some fresher seed this year. They'd nearly all gone by end of March last. I have orders for more from my daughter.

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Poor quality pic I know.. 

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I got what I thought were matagouri    plants from  a friend's place in Te Anau  but they turned out to be porcupine  scrub. Still an interesting plant but I don't know if the bees like it or not.

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11 hours ago, yesbut said:

Certainly. I'll have to find a special spot for it. Going to have to make an effort to get some fresher seed this year. They'd nearly all gone by end of March last. I have orders for more from my daughter.

I have lots of memories of matagouri .

When we were kids our family had a bach at lake Rotoiti  ,Nelson  lakes.

I remember it as like gorse but nastier .

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Oh bother. A 300 section subdivision up the end of our wee road. Digger just arrived. Drat.

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34 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Oh bother. A 300 section subdivision up the end of our wee road. Digger just arrived. Drat.

 

Could be a good future swarm source?

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5 minutes ago, CraBee said:

 

Could be a good future swarm source?

No, they'll be throwing out the  existing two bee yards.

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2 minutes ago, yesbut said:

No, they'll be throwing out the  existing two bee yards.

 

300 hobbyists @ 4 hives each @ 1 swarm per hobbyist per year 🙂

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3 hours ago, yesbut said:

Oh bother. A 300 section subdivision up the end of our wee road. Digger just arrived. Drat.

That’ll liven your quiet road up just a little 😕

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On 3/11/2019 at 7:47 PM, Maru Hoani said:

What does the hook connect to? 

There is no8 wire attached to the pallets and i used a drive shaft to twist a loop in the wire.

There are two pieces of no8 wire that are attached to either side of the pallet, so where they cross I had a hook in the shed set at a certain height that I hooked through there.

I would then stand on the pallet and poke the drive shaft through the gap and twist, you have to twist it about 5 turns, when we first stand on pallet it would be on the ground but after twisting it would lift off the ground a bit, but be nice and tight.any less turns than 5 and it can unwind when a heavy load comes on.

Ill take photo and give you my measurements tomorrow.

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On ‎4‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 9:05 PM, john berry said:

I got what I thought were matagouri    plants from  a friend's place in Te Anau  but they turned out to be porcupine  scrub. Still an interesting plant but I don't know if the bees like it or not.

Hi John - Good article About The Apiary pg 33 this Nov, Beekeeper journal.  Plain language, good photography

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The bees are all looking flush for feed this time around . 
A few hives I’ve swapped the first and second box which gives them more space to work in ( second box is full of brood and food , bottom box not so much ). 
There are also a few with the occasional supercedure cell . Uh uh , not at this time of the year you don’t , so they had the hive tool put through them . 
Im just starting to consolidate the best brood frames into the bottom two boxes , and lifting less than ideal frames above that .

All staples are now out 

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On 2/11/2019 at 6:25 PM, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Can someone help me out with what this plant is.

It is everywhere on the Paihiatua track and in full flower

I has a nice sweet perfume 

 

 

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I’ve never seen bees on it. “Bush mans toilet paper”. Usually found on the edge of Bush.

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Rangiora, great plant when in a hurry

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Bush sites are humming, bees actively working the supplejack, matagouri also putting on a good show.. foundations getting drawn and the veil is off so I’m a happy camper.. 

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6 hours ago, Stoney said:

Bush sites are humming, bees actively working the supplejack, matagouri also putting on a good show.. foundations getting drawn and the veil is off so I’m a happy camper.. 

Lucky b------d

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1 hour ago, Bighands said:

Lucky b------d

I take it things on your side of the divide ain’t lookin so flash big hands? 

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S'alright .... rain 'll stop, sun'll come out and it'll be paradise again.

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On 8/11/2019 at 7:14 AM, Stoney said:

I take it things on your side of the divide ain’t lookin so flash big hands? 

Correct,a bit of sun and less rain would be good,one good thing is it is not cold

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1 hour ago, Bighands said:

Correct,a bit of sun and less rain would be good,one good thing is it is not cold

When did you last see the sun ?

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56 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

When did you last see the sun ?

5th November

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1 hour ago, Bighands said:

5th November

I am hoping it shows up on monday .

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26 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

I am hoping it shows up on monday .

as long as the Auzzie smoke doesnt  show up as well....😞

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23 minutes ago, Mummzie said:

as long as the Auzzie smoke doesnt  show up as well....😞

It should be here now .

Couldnt tell we have been in mist for days .

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This year really is turning into a year of firsts for me, which is pretty cool. One of my over wintered nuc's which I put its 5th FD box on last weekend. Every box has been un drawn but I have put extra wax on the frames which I think it paid off. As there are only 7 frames in the hive that are less then 3/4 drawn. Im Thinking about taking a box off and extracting as I don't really want to put a 6th box on. But at this rate I might have to,

 

I also did my first re-queen from a cage queen. The hive has had a drone layer, then poorly mated queens so it's due for a replacement. Will have to check in a few days hopefully it was a success. Finding the poorly mated queen was a job. When your not looking for them you find them. When you are it takes ages. She must have known her time was almost up.

 

All the advice I've received/read on here re swarm prevention seams to be paying off thus far. (don't jinx it) So thanks for the advice guys and girls.

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