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Riley’s gonna grow into those gloves! She insisted that she have her “work boots” and her gloves on. 

I took a mum and 3 girls beekeeping today. They’re keen to get hives but wanted some experience and advise.  This little one was amasing. They started out in a full suit but by the end of the day al

Most of my hives were pretty good today but I found one weak hive that was obviously a partial drone layer. Luckily I spotted her running across the comb so it was a quick whack with the hive too

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Jumped out of the sack before the birds woke up this morning to shift a site of queenright tops I made with cells a few weeks back, southerly blowing with light drizzle sure had the animals out.. nice to see 11 pigs and 6 red hinds on the round trip.. 

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15 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

Starting to full up today, rushing around putting second supers on and sorting brood ups, still got about 70-80 hives to shift in yet.

the early flow looks to be over. already got customers dropping off honey to be extracted.

tho i'm still putting the plant back together. as always there is issues with the new machines.

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4 hours ago, Stoney said:

Jumped out of the sack before the birds woke up this morning to shift a site of queenright tops I made with cells a few weeks back, southerly blowing with light drizzle sure had the animals out.. nice to see 11 pigs and 6 red hinds on the round trip.. 

Yer lucky getting drizzle.  We haven't had much rain lately, but plenty of incredibly strong cold winds.  Horrible to work in.  

 

Kale, blackcurrants and dandelion flowering now.  Things have stepped up a notch, thank goodness

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Swarm cells in my strong hive yesterday so I've caved and decided to do a walkway split today. 

But as per usual. When your in a hurry you can never find the queen. But when your not looking or don't need to see her she practically walks in front of you.

Went through the boxes 4 times before I friggin found her...

Sigh

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Holy carrumble .....It's  feast or famine round here.

 

A  mate rang the other day . He's putting bees into Apple pollination and was a few short. So we did a deal and supplied a balance.  Cracked a few lids and found some nice ones ...... pumping hives with two boxes of Brood'n'Bees, so we plonked a third on them and said A Dios for a couple of weeks.  The catch was  that as we cracked them there was Varroa on the drone brood between the frames .  We put more staples in them and loaded them up with a prayer.

 

And it got me thinking. The O/A seems to be working reasonably  well this spring, but what I have noticed is that we have to be around the bees faster and smarter to keep on top of issues.

 

This round we are knocking the double brood down to singles . It's cruisey beekeeping.  The doubles are pumping, and the struggling singles get a boost from the strong sisters as we go, and we end with a yard same same. Money for jam, right ?

And of course, we refresh the staples as we go, two at time.

 

This afternoon came hot, and there  we were shaking honey from the frames and thinking ..... $$$$$$$$ ..... we need to put more boxes on.

 

I had a look in my diary this evening. We are a month away from moving hives onto a main flow crop ......what a dag it would be too pull a box of Dew before main crop .

 

 The Good Lord looks after Lover's and Fool's ..... Eh !

 

 

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What I forgot to say was that our first cells went out on the 2.10.20 ..... and despite the inclement cold, frost, snow wind and rain ..... seem to have found the time to get out and mated . 

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2 minutes ago, jamesc said:

What I forgot to say was that our first cells went out on the 2.10.20 ..... and despite the inclement cold, frost, snow wind and rain ..... seem to have found the time to get out and mated . 

will you keep records on how good the matings are? 

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Uh huh ...... I got three boys ..... that's a a good start.

 

Um .... oh Bees...... early days yet  ...... 2.10.20  just started laying , probably 60% .......  6.10.20 ..... nothing laying yet.

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OK ..... Tonight Jimmy C has  time to read through a few emails and contracts. 

One of them is from our Forestry partners, who we are eternally grateful to for allowing us to locate hives on their estate.

It used to be for free, but in the current Bee Frenzy even we in the moderate south have to pay for wintering sites.

We get levied for a production fee. I'm not saying it's right or wrong. It is what it is and  just a sign of the times.

But somehow I   think the forest company got a bum steer.

The access fee is set at $6.50 per hive .... lot cheaper than it was when we were up north and wintering hives for $50/hive.

But then we pay a production percentage.

The value factored in this year for the price of Dew is $10/kg.

The gross income per hive is speculated to be $450/hive

With a cost of production at $300/hive

Leaving a surplus of $150. 

 

My question is ..... who  is advising the Forest company that we are getting $10/kg fo our Honey Dew ...... latest price I heard was half that,  and a container we sold mid Covid went for less than that.

 

Just saying.

 

 

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