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Apiary Diary. February 2020

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21 hours ago, jamesc said:

I had a thought on the way home to night ..... now that Phil's not 'ere anymore ..... what the heck we gonna talk about ??

 

 

 

Wheres Phil gone ?

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6 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Wheres Phil gone ?

You've got some reading to catch up on. Banned. 

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Went feral, been blocked.

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9 hours ago, jamesc said:

Well there yah go ....

 

Homegrown alligator, see yah later .... 

Jus back in. from the road,

We been in the hot sun

Ridin' with a shotgun

Feeling like a someone ....

 

Been pulling honey from yards that were never gonna make a crop as we split the Holy Mother out of them in the middle spring, and then pulled a whole lot more nucs out of them in early  December and left them with two frames of brood . 

See yah later.

 

Average beekeepers can make a  living in a good site.

Today was no exception .

Two boxes of nice white honey from a two frame nuc.

Thanks ladies.

Or maybe it was Phil's staples.

Does NZ have a Poet Laureate?

 

R they plastic frameless excluders  you are using?  How do you find them?   

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9 hours ago, jamesc said:

No.... but the old one got painted..

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I like your pallet set up with the gap between hives as have found the dreaded moth likes taking a foothold in between the boxes where it’s nice n warm.. that is with single pallet lids though.. 

how do these go for truck travel? Can they pull together under load from the strops? 

Edit.. I see your lids overhang.. therefore they will be stropped tight on the truck. 

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2 hours ago, yesbut said:

You've got some reading to catch up on. Banned. 

Thats a shame , I learnt so much from reading his posts and following his trials .

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4 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Thats a shame , I learnt so much from reading his posts and following his trials .

Where have you been? ... we missed you 

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27 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Thats a shame , I learnt so much from reading his posts and following his trials .

 

Hi Kaihoka - Check out the last week of the Oxalic and Glycerine thread

 

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1 hour ago, Stoney said:

Where have you been? ... we missed you 

Ive been outside , the wind stopped blowing .

38 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

 

 

Hi Kaihoka - Check out the last week of the Oxalic and Glycerine thread

 

I lost the plot with all the squabbling and drifted off the thread .

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10 hours ago, Stoney said:

I like your pallet set up with the gap between hives as have found the dreaded moth likes taking a foothold in between the boxes where it’s nice n warm.. that is with single pallet lids though.. 

how do these go for truck travel? Can they pull together under load from the strops? 

Edit.. I see your lids overhang.. therefore they will be stropped tight on the truck. 

These are a Mark 1 pallets, made to fit some very old lids because I was too mean to buy nice lids. They work, but load and look real ugly on the truck. They are due for replacement.

The other thing of note are the straps. Made from wide black seatbelt webbing.

They came with hives we bought a few years ago off a well respected Canterbury Beekeeper, and were replaced  with the fancy Aerofast ones.

The black strapping is far superior to the stuff Aerofast uses, and one day when I have nothing to do  I plan to go visit Aerofast with a sample of a UV rotted strap and see if they can do better. 

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10 minutes ago, jamesc said:

The other thing of note are the straps. Made from wide black seatbelt webbing.

Those straps are wonderful.  Great for girl power when shifting hives.  I got mine from a mid Canty beekeeper.  I will send you a text, cos I saw some just lying around at an outfit last year.  

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The black ones are great ... but just toooo short to put around pallets when stacked up with four honey boxes.  We ended up extending them with baler  twine ... it all got a bit messy.

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6 minutes ago, jamesc said:

The black ones are great ... but just toooo short to put around pallets when stacked up with four honey boxes.  We ended up extending them with baler  twine ... it all got a bit messy.

They would of been made in the day before NZers were the most obese population on the planet.  Maybe seat belt length has changed to encompass the issue!

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

 

The other thing of note are the straps. Made from wide black seatbelt webbing.

They came with hives we bought a few years ago off a well respected Canterbury Beekeeper, and were replaced  with the fancy Aerofast ones.

The black strapping is far superior to the stuff Aerofast uses, and one day when I have nothing to do  I plan to go visit Aerofast with a sample of a UV rotted strap and see if they can do better. 

I have some of these, if I’m thinking the same thing.., black strap with heavy gauge steel buckle for tensioning.. the tail must be secured well coz the cattle love chewin on them and often pull the hive over.. (singles) 

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5 hours ago, Bron said:

 Sleeping is hard cos it’s so hot. Most of our sites are dry as a bone and the bees are nasty Robby and knarly.

 

About that. I got the honey off pretty early this time and because i still got a whole lot of last seasons honey in storage I've left a box or so of honey on each hive so i don't have to buy any sugar.

 

But as per Bron, it's dry, and the bees are knarly and super strong. Just hoping they do not devour all the honey i have left them, between now, and winter. just have to wait and see i guess.

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7 hours ago, Bron said:

Trying to catch up... Missed a whole bunch of stuff. Really busy. Sleeping is hard cos it’s so hot. Most of our sites are dry as a bone and the bees are nasty Robby and knarly. Have had more stings in the last two weeks than in my whole beekeeping experience. Got five in the same place day before yesterday and discovered a thumb sized hole by my hive tool pocket. Sewing machine out patched up. Suits dry really fast thank goodness. Too hot to wear new suit! 

 

Take care folks stay hydrated. 

Picture of sewing machine please 😁

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9 hours ago, Bron said:

Sleeping is hard cos it’s so hot.

aircon in the bedroom. best thing i ever did.

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A great advantage living near Dunedin is a more effective system called opening the windows 😊

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26 minutes ago, tudor said:

A great advantage living near Dunedin is a more effective system called opening the windows 😊

to true. 

our problem is the humidity which the air con deals with. 

at least now i don't have windows open, don't have to deal with mossies, i can keep bedding on the bed, and actually get a decent night sleep.

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1 hour ago, tudor said:

A great advantage living near Dunedin is a more effective system called opening the windows 😊

 

When I was a student in Dunedin, we opened the windows to *heat* the house !

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Yeeha 13 degrees in Leeston.  Heavy drizzle just commenced; may it last all night

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26° in the shade with high humidity and high cloud. To hot to sleep properly last night. We always have the best weather once it's too hot and dry for any honey to come in.

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5 hours ago, JohnF said:

 

When I was a student in Dunedin, we opened the windows to *heat* the house !


Heat from the burning couch in the back yard ?

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