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August 2016 Apiary Diary


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Yes, with these temps it is 50-50. I was thinking about MAQS too however I stick to apivar this spring.

 

In respect of dead bees and efficacy we have had good results using the MAQS now in cooler temperatures. In autumn at close to the max temperature allowed, the acid was harsh on the bees. Whereas now it is generally handled quite well. Yesterday it was a relatively hot one here (20C) and it reminded us of what we didn't like so much in Autumn. Apivar is good for sure, but MAQS in spring seems like a good option here too.

 

For first time use, I would NOT recommend using it in height of summer/autumn at the top temperature limit.

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Of to talk about bees tonight loaded up our observation hive that I also use as a cell starter had moved some frames above the queen excluder guess they thought they were to far from Mum so have been making more . Good thing is I can now talk about swarming and spring Build up 20160825_171637.jpg.47c33cb135f3cb9204ba802446e89631.jpg 20160825_171637.jpg.47c33cb135f3cb9204ba802446e89631.jpg

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Didn't think there was gorse in dairy country!!

That's apparently a native reserve . There is ponga and gorse in there. Quite possibly native wildlife like geckos that need protecting. It's certainly not the plants .

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Today I took a mouthfull of honey from a hive and it took my breath away

My throat hurt like having some kind of Flu,

The hive is in dense Heather but could also be Five finger.

Very dark honey.

 

 

Did you use the right dried grass for your smoker.

Just meadow Hay

Looked again today and they are still stoned

I didnt even need smoke and they seem happy enough so I did another 200 odd hives.

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That storm that came through Friday night was a mean one. The yearlings that were in the back paddock with my hives freaked out and busted through the electric fence and knocked a few hives around as well as turning the site in to a real big bog even worse than last visit. Luckily the farmer was up there today and called me. So back in this afternoon to fix things up. Will need to go back and feed as well as add pollen substitute because the rain got in to a few hives. Time to move these girls from this now boggy site.

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That storm that came through Friday night was a mean one. The yearlings that were in the back paddock with my hives freaked out and busted through the electric fence and knocked a few hives around as well as turning the site in to a real big bog even worse than last visit. Luckily the farmer was up there today and called me. So back in this afternoon to fix things up. Will need to go back and feed as well as add pollen substitute because the rain got in to a few hives. Time to move these girls from this now boggy site.

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Use an Avant loader maybe ;)

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Use an Avant loader maybe ;)

More some ratrack or.. tank..

I must be blessed when I am not forced to place bees in such places..

If you want I can manage to give you one apiary site for free of charge for a season, but maybe a bit too far :D

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More some ratrack or.. tank..

I must be blessed when I am not forced to place bees in such places..

If you want I can manage to give you one apiary site for free of charge for a season, but maybe a bit too far :D

It used to be an beautiful site until the Yearling calves got in there. We have had about 6 weeks of constant rain as well so the ground is very boggy.

It used to be a very nice patch of dirt. Now I wouldnt even put pigs in there...

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