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Yesterday two swarms set themselves in two of my vacant nuc boxes.

The larger one moved into a double 3 frame box stack and the smaller one chose a 4 frame nuc box, both nucs have last seasons white wax honey frames.

Ill probably let both get established for a week or two then do an AFB test from a kit.

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Went through our hives. All looking good. Two got an extra honey super on.

One has two honey supers, and another now has three honey supers. The smaller hive just got its first honey super

The third we had a quick check to see if the new queen was laying yet. No sign of eggs, so closed it up and will leave it for a few weeks.

The little swarm we caught is going well. Now has eggs and will be moved into a fd box soon.

I need to get some more bases made up.

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Gone the full Rastafarian with the home hive. The super was light at the start of the week but cordyline and rewa rewa are flowering so now it's full. Bees thought now would be a good time to leave so queen cells. Had to go through the booming brood boxes three times to find her. The two fd's in the back are a split and a swarm, neither queen right, if / when they do come right I will unite them for the kanuka flow.

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I'll bet you're wondering what all the fuss was about. Every beekeeper should have a go (y)

After some PP queen mating success this season I figured it will be cheaper for me to do it from now on. Its good to support the industry but when you can DIY you should.

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After some PP queen mating success this season I figured it will be cheaper for me to do it from now on. Its good to support the industry but when you can DIY you should.

Agreed. I'm still messing with genetics from my original swarm queen. This year grafting from her best daughter based on speed of build up. I would select for calmness as well but all mine are calm as far as I know. One day I'd like to pick up a nice Italian girl from Nelson area. I would pay too but putting those in the same sentence could sound wrong :cautious:

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Agreed. I'm still messing with genetics from my original swarm queen. This year grafting from her best daughter based on speed of build up. I would select for calmness as well but all mine are calm as far as I know. One day I'd like to pick up a nice Italian girl from Nelson area. I would pay too but putting those in the same sentence could sound wrong :cautious:

So why the Nelson area.

Does the north island not have so many Italian breeders ?

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OK it's been about 22 hours since I did the grafts. I couldn't resist so had a look today. It looks like 15 out of 20 at this stage but I will know for sure on Wednesday when they will be fully capped.

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Have 16 nucs in my in-apiary and fed them this warm lovely morning. All had queens exit 2 weeks ago and doing well.

 

Came back after a coffee and found a tiny, tiny swarm forming - I "diagnosed" a mating swarm, gave them a shower and they seem to have gone home apart from about 20 bees.

 

Will open them in detail next week.

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LOL... Someone couldn't count to 12 the number of end boards needed for 6 x 3/4 super boxes.

Significant other, assembled them on Sat and we literally have one 3/4 box! Oops :(

Problem averted...Work Colleagues daughter lives in Otorohanga. I've just okayed it for her to collect the missing board and bring it through to Hamilton. :)

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Today I left for aus till the end of the month.

I have done what I can to stop 2 hives from swarming a week ago.

my weak Italian hive has been split with a division board between the boxes.

The cell they had started to make is in the Top box. I will probably recombine them later

My strong carniolan hive has been divided into two hives.

The queen has been taken away 2 metres and another box has been put on top.

The home base hive is being requeened with a mated carniolan queen that no one but me seems to want.

This was supposed to happen today but The weather is particularly horrible so my beek friend is going to it when the weather is better and squash any cells I missed.

I looked through the queenless hive on Sat and it was really roaring, it was the first time I had heard it sound so obvious.

So here's hoping it all goes to plan

 

Incidentally the Italian hive was the only hive that was making queen cells with a queen present.

And the old carniolan queen in the new position had not started to when I looked 2 days ago m

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Stuffed around for far to many years not having a go.

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@dansar, just noticed in the pics how you have the frame you are grafting from. I turn the frame around so that the top bar is nearest to me and the bottom bar is at the top, and sometimes I prop up the bottom bar end on something eg a folder. With the angle the cells are on that helps me to see straight into the cell and see the larvae a bit easier - and when it comes to grafting I need all the help I can get.

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Hey folks

My split seems to be going gang busters at the mo.

Checked on Sat and 4 frames in each box(2box) had brood and capped and uncapped honey/pollen capped and un capped.

As the cabbage trees are flowering like crazy and others I thought id check today.

I found brood in all frames on both boxes. frames 1&10 on both had 10% brood in frames.

I have now put on a new box(3/4) of foundation and put a top feeder on with 1L 1:1 syrup to help them draw the foundation.

Just to add note bee's seem really happy, I can do a lot of work without gear on and when I open up the hive they still behave really well.

 

Edit; Pointers are welcome. I am new and you don't know what you don't know.

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Your hive sounds healthy and good to go. If you have nectar coming in then the feeding is unnecessary and counterproductive.

 

Make sure your queen has room to lay otherwise she might decide to find a bigger house. Check for queen cells every ten days for just a little bit longer to be on the safe side.

 

Have a great season.:cool:

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IMG_20161108_110619.jpg.6501f24c0a7f8640a70e7da1acc52970.jpg Got a couple of cash jobs out the way this morn,then headed over to homestead hives and have a check up.

So,a few weeks ago I attempted an artificial swarm,well two thirds of it are going good.

The actual artificial swarm box is now two boxes of brood and has had second honey box added.

 

Went through single 3/4 box of one half of the artificial swarm,which ended being another walk away split, and look who I found...She has eggs and capped brood in there so I added another brood box for her.

Im stoked...heres to a strong hive ready for the pohutu flow in about a months time!!

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