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January 2016 Apiary Diary


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Here is your January 2016 Apiary diary. Let us know what is going on in your hives, so that others can see what they should expect to see within their hives at this time of the year. Photos and video welcome - use the media gallery and share codes if you want to. If a good story develops, then we may pull it out into its own topic, to make it more easily available to others.

 

If you are interested in running your own hive journal, please refer to Personal Hive Journals

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i cringe when i see hive spacing like that :eek:

at least you have some honey flow :)

Yeah I know....... Its the farmers silage paddock and he didnt want me to put them in blocks of 4 like another site. Plenty of room behind them although the photo does show it.

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Yeah I know....... Its the farmers silage paddock and he didnt want me to put them in blocks of 4 like another site. Plenty of room behind them although the photo does show it.

if you put them in pairs you would have plenty of working room between the hives without using any extra room.

last thing you want to be doing is working from behind with your arse up against the hot wire or out in front as pictured.

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at least it will be fun to ski back down !

 

Not skiing, just feet.. Snow is dry, so for skiing would be excellent. I was tempted to try penguine ski style :D

Still snowing ( less in the valley than on hill).

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Nice pics there @Goran . I hope that mountain lion didn't give you too much trouble !

I had to explain him even I look as one big juicy mouse I am not the one.. :)

Cats used to follow me around while I am at the property, but high snow give them a trouble and they are reluctant to walk around. Father of this one is european wildcat.

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I checked on 17 hives this afternoon.

Apart from no surplus nectar in any of them, one is frustrating me more than the rest.

 

This is an October split. They have superceded their queen three times, then went queenless, so I merged with a weak queenright colony. She got superceded and produced a nice queen who laid 4 frames. Now she has gone and there are 2 capped cells in there. :what:. That one is not doing quite as well as the rest;).

 

Only 5 to 6 weeks till the honey boxes come off and Apiguard goes in. Quite possibly nothing to extract this year:(

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That is sad @M4tt. I have heard that comment from a number of people, that they will be getting little or no honey.

We had a hive that was frustrating like that. It went on like that for months. We ended up killing the queen and shaking the bees out to join other hives.

It is hard to know how long to keep trying to get a queen established.

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That is sad @M4tt. I have heard that comment from a number of people, that they will be getting little or no honey.

We had a hive that was frustrating like that. It went on like that for months. We ended up killing the queen and shaking the bees out to join other hives.

It is hard to know how long to keep trying to get a queen established.

I had a couple last year too. I just keep them going to see what happens for interest. Basically, there are never enough young bees coming through, so they fade away . Nice brood pattern too

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when i read all the commercial beeks comments i am relieved i am only a hobbyist.

i have had trouble with queenless hives and a poor season but it is not my livelihood

it must be very stressful to be at the mercy of nature, who is completely indifferent to human concerns

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I am with @redbee on this @M4tt. I will smoke the bees very well and after 1 minute I will shake them some 20-50m away. Do not put anything where that hive was. Spread the brood frames to other hives and the bees will sort out the rest. If one of your hives will become too big you can split it by the end of this month. And get ready a handy new queen too.

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Not skiing, just feet.. Snow is dry, so for skiing would be excellent. I was tempted to try penguine ski style :D

Still snowing ( less in the valley than on hill).

Pics are not some beauty, some old cell phone..

Wow glad we have sunshine, do you need to carry up sugar water to feed them, or do you just leave enough honey in the hives to overwinter them.

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Wow glad we have sunshine, do you need to carry up sugar water to feed them, or do you just leave enough honey in the hives to overwinter them.

 

Practice at my place to add sugar feed in August ( late summer at my place) if some colonies seems lacking stores for winter. Also at same time all colonies receive stimulative feed to queens don't reduce laying too rapidly ( I give every other day about 2,5-3dcl of syrup, or bump in nylon sack 1-1,5-2 liters of syrup or in first half of August fondant/pattie and in second syrup). We try to get as many winter bees we can to have bigger winter cluster and this is start of preparation for my main forage in May next year.

Our carnies "open" new season of brooding usually mid January and for encouraging that and don't have oscilation in brooding I will start feeding with fondants at beginning of February ( earlier I used to from mid January). So this feed is more stimulative than refilling the stores. This is my practice for the moment, but that doesn't mean I will not change it, that is beekeeping.. As all, whole life learning.

 

Pics are from yesterday, just little higher snow. Later yesterday started ice rain. Today again pouring snow like from a sack.. All in white now, pretty chalenging to drive a car on road covered with snow ( this evening we drove a bit - recently, cause I think we are 12 hours time difference :) )..

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if you put them in pairs you would have plenty of working room between the hives without using any extra room.

last thing you want to be doing is working from behind with your arse up against the hot wire or out in front as pictured.

arse up against the hot wire

My worker was joking with me a couple of week ago which farmer had the best hot wire as I got zapped three time in two week check nuc

 

Finnished pulling honey from one area after running out of space on truck on Tuesday

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Flow has started again. South Waikato bees are busy.

This was a nearly dead colony of 3 frames of bees and no stores in September 15'

It amazes me how some weak hives can turn around.

I had an overwintered 5 frame nuc that was queenless and dwindling.

I put it into a 2 frame FD box with a cell in sept and its now 4 boxes.

Or the weak and dwindling 10 frame single that was down to 3 frames of bees so got a few Lts of syrup in Oct and turn out to be as good as any.

The 2 frame nuc mentioned went from 2 frames into a 3 frame box then got a second 3 frame box on top then into a 10 frame box then away it went.

Im now a firm believer in ensuring that the bees fit their box i.e are cosy

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