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Trevor Gillbanks

Apiary Diary. March 2020

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Since the migrant beeks have gone I thought it safe to open my hives and put some OA strips in .

Two hives are looking great , lots of brood , eggs and honey stores .

Still drones in hive but no drone brood.

My other hive was killed by robbing .

It was a weak hive and even though I blocked the entrance I think the damage was  already done .

There was a pile of dead bees outside and a carpet of dead bees inside.

I should have reduced the entrance sooner .

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Wouldn't your life be easier if you booted the migrants out ?

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Serviced 2 trucks, the digger, 2 chain saws,my blower generator, my feed pump, 2 weed eaters and the fork lift so far.

Still got 6000L syrup in the tank and most my hives are full because I only put one 3/4 depth on most for the kanuka bush flow. 

 

Another 2 months and I might get a break😁

Only a week of site maintenance, 2 culverts to put in 4 more 6 cube loads of metal for site access then I got a week of freighting my honey to the extraction plant, 6 sites to shift home and one last round to feed and put strips in for winter.... wow the year went so fast.

 

 

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Goodness i wouldn't muck around to long getting the strips in!!

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3 hours ago, yesbut said:

Wouldn't your life be easier if you booted the migrants out ?

Yes you are right .

I hoped after last season being bad he would not want to come .

And he has good drones .

And I hate awkward conversations .

He was driven out here by  beek expansion and I keep hoping as the industry contracts he will not need to come so far .

There used to be two migrants around me so him being here did not make much difference , but the other lot did not put their hives near me this season .

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2 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

Serviced 2 trucks, the digger, 2 chain saws,my blower generator, my feed pump, 2 weed eaters and the fork lift so far.

Still got 6000L syrup in the tank and most my hives are full because I only put one 3/4 depth on most for the kanuka bush flow. 

 

Another 2 months and I might get a break😁

Only a week of site maintenance, 2 culverts to put in 4 more 6 cube loads of metal for site access then I got a week of freighting my honey to the extraction plant, 6 sites to shift home and one last round to feed and put strips in for winter.... wow the year went so fast.

 

 

No time for socialising then ....eh!

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8 hours ago, kaihoka said:

And I hate awkward conversations .

You never know, he might secretly welcome another excuse to downsize..

And you could think of the rest of us too, we've been hearing about your migrant trouble for months !

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Here I go, with a new set up. As I mentioned earlier this year my biggest problem every season is to recover from the damages caused by the waxmoth.

 

So, I re-set all the brood nests swapping frames of food or merging hives. Now I have colonies with 1 and 2 brood boxes, lots of bees, brood and some food(the food may not be enough till September however I'll sort that out later as needed). On top of each hive I have 1 or 2 empty honey supers(some frames don't have any comb either - I scrape the honey combs when harvesting the honey). All plastic frames.

 

I plan to leave this set-up till late May or early Jun and remove the supers and stack them on a pallet with mesh at the bottom and the top to provide ventilation(not sure yet what to use to prevent rain getting into the boxes). And meanwhile I hope no waxmoth invasion will happen.

 

if needed, I start feeding 1:1 syrup in early Jul otherwise late Jul.

For feeding I only have the next options:

- dry sugar or a patty  on a paper on the top of the brood nest/frames

- syrup in buckets (I use special ply lids with holes and 2L buckets)

- I like the idea to try the drum feeding. I use a drum + petrol pump to make the syrup anyway. However I don't know how successful this method can be in the rainy winter

 

I'm afraid to feed some extra food now because the hives may spread the brood nest upwards into the empty honey supers too.

All the hives have mesh floors.

How can I do things better?

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11 minutes ago, Maru Hoani said:

 

Been in my zone this season, been a big year, I've just gotten on with work and this season I pulled more honey then ever before and it made me really look at where I am and how far I've come. 

 

Measured by .....income ?  Assets ?  Debt ? 

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nice ....re a truck ,  when I was a corporate we leased all our trucks and Utes off TR rentals. They got traded every two years ..... they might have something.

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Beautiful  rain in Manawatu this morning.  Looks like it has settled in and I hope it rains for a couple of days.  We are very dry at present and this rain could be the drought breaker for us.

 

Well that was a big yawn, lasted for about 1 plus hours, back to sunny again.

 

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22 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

Measured by happiness😁 I'm not in debt and my family is happy plus I got my class 2 so no more lifting hives soon

@Maru Hoani - I don't anything much about trucks, but there are a couple in a liquidation auction page 1 of the catalogue here: https://www.thorntons.net.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/25.03.20-CatalogueGeneral.pdf

this might be a better link: https://www.thorntons.net.nz/online-bidding-thornton.html#!/auctionDetails/952

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With no sport on this weekend (well for a while) and a cracking weather today, it was a good excuse to go through the hives. Haven't checked them since I took honey off and put strips in. (6 weeks ago). At the same time I made 2 walkaway nucs. I'm pleased to report that both successfully mated and have good laying pattern, just a bit light on stores. (I have now fed them)
The 3 full hives have a good amount of stores, and looking a darn site heathier than this time last year.

Early honey removal and putting strips in I think has been the key. Hopefully I don't need the back up nucs for next season.

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Had a cruise around the bush this afternoon..... OMG .... wasps ..... time to have a tong up on the hares , string em up and put a bit of nice stuff in them.

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1 minute ago, jamesc said:

Had a cruise around the bush this afternoon..... OMG .... wasps ..... time to have a tong up on the hares , string em up and put a bit of nice stuff in them.

I say,  Hey Teacher, Leave Those  Hares Alone.... !

Blow away the rabbits my man.

I like hares. They very curious creatures who don't tunnel like rabbits.

I have had them come right up to me while eating lunch. Checking things out.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

Had a cruise around the bush this afternoon..... OMG .... wasps ..... time to have a tong up on the hares , string em up and put a bit of nice stuff in them.

Get into em JimmyC.. no mercy.

I worked a site this morning I have to pass through a large area of beech to reach them.. wasp numbers were rediculous back in Feb... must say at a good guess numbers are now under 50%, still a few hunting protein which will Need another  feed of rabbit for dinner.. sure is satisfying work even though the pay is rotten

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11 hours ago, Stoney said:

Get into em JimmyC.. no mercy.

I worked a site this morning I have to pass through a large area of beech to reach them.. wasp numbers were rediculous back in Feb... must say at a good guess numbers are now under 50%, still a few hunting protein which will Need another  feed of rabbit for dinner.. sure is satisfying work even though the pay is rotten

In the absence of Fipronil and vespex, do you think a Carbaryl laced Hare .... couldn't find any rabbits ... would be as effective ?.

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18 minutes ago, jamesc said:

In the absence of Fipronil and vespex, do you think a Carbaryl laced Hare .... couldn't find any rabbits ... would be as effective ?.

I guess what happens in the gully stays in the gully but if it was me I’d steer clear of that brew Jimmy. 

The mix I use though not exactly legal, allows the wasp to carry her piece of meat a couple hundred metres to her home to share to the colony.. that is the key part of the process.. 

unknown strengths mixed randomly could bring other issues. 

U should still be able to get what you need to do the job well even in quarantine up the gully.. 

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Holy crap! I wish I had been panic buying sugar now. 

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Bought a few bags yesterday at Gilmores and price has jumped from the around $23 a bag I paid last year, to around $33 a bag, (all plus GST), that's almost 50%increase.

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1 hour ago, Alastair said:

Bought a few bags yesterday at Gilmores and price has jumped from the around $23 a bag I paid last year, to around $33 a bag, (all plus GST), that's almost 50%increase.

It seems like an even funnier world when a beek who's already up to his ears in sucrose/fructose has to go and buy imported cane sugar....I know the technicalities but from a distant standpoint it still seems really odd.

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We can carry on beekeeping, part of the food production chain, just be sensible n if you think you need stuff get it over the next couple of days in case supplies stores close down or go to restricted opening hours.

 

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