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  1. 14 points
    @Markypoo not my hives , the migrants , nice guys . The coast at the bar is eroding fast . Back to cliffs with coal seams. We found some fossil rocks in the sand a month or so ago . Big chunks of compressed layered leaves . Very heavy rocks , early angiosperms I think , 80 million yrs old .
  2. 13 points
  3. 12 points
    The best pigs are always found on the neighbours place .... right. Contrary to many thoughts, ..... this little Whare did'nt cost a lot to build. I borrowed a book off my neighbour on log cabin building. If you got no land .... then you got find a piece of dirt, then you if you got no trees , you gotta find a truck load of trees .... trees are cheap right now .... all you need after that is a chainsaw and 40 litres of gas.... and the skill of a Bee Keeper with three months down time. Nothing to it !! Oh yeah, the thing I forgot, and this is the main thing guys ..... you need a woman that don't mind living in a log pile house..
  4. 10 points
    Last month of winter. Spring is just around the corner and the new bee season is starting. Best wishes for the season folks.
  5. 10 points
    Finders keepers on the beach/ river as far as I’m concerned.. I used to spend hours and days picking up building stone from riverbeds.. apparently if I used machinery I needed a consent but bare hands were fine- labour intensive but worth the effort.
  6. 8 points
    On the matter of placement. Ive always put mine in a straight line and killed the Mites but Ive also always had a split Brood as a result That is the Spring Hive has Brood at one end and stores at the other with the row of staples as the boundary. It never bothered me because at least the Hive was healthy and that really what my goal was. Recently Ive realised that the square pattern layout in the central part of the Box is probably a step up. I might try it this season.
  7. 8 points
    Just shows even a beginner can do it. Well done Hayden, if everyone was as good as you we would likely have eliminated AFB from New Zealand.
  8. 8 points
    I’ve just finished reading the first issue of Apiarists Advocate a new NZ beekeeping E magazine aimed at commercial beekeepers. First issue covers Sean Goodwin’s talk on the the Manuka honey market that he gave at conference, Bruce Clow and his ideas for a honey co-op, Allen McCaw and Peter Smyth two South Island beekeepers who supplied the old co-op talk about how it worked for them. Plus a small article on the impact of any tax that might be imposed on beekeepers and others who don’t drive/own low emission vehicles Really enjoyed it and hope it’s a successful publication . https://www.apiaristsadvocate.com/
  9. 8 points
    Slyscape for Goran!
  10. 7 points
    So was out working the hives today, before rain. Liked what I saw Alcohol washed the first hive I went into strong happy hive. 1 varroa. All the autumn strips intact completely. Replaced the whole 4 The rest of the site - a few hives had the middle two eaten out others had them partially eaten and nearly all of the outside strips were intact. All had a good bite to them. So ended up replacing the middle two or 3 strips depending on brood numbers and left the very outside strips, either both outside ones or 1 depending on how many I was replacing. Who has taste tested new strips how strong are they compared to ones we take out? I dont know if I am game to taste new ones,dislike the taste of old ones. @Philbee just a thought If you changed the colour of the stitching on the strips every few months then people could track the age of their strips by the colour of the stitching bought in certain months. just an idea. Bees drowning in large numbers in top feeders, Bees in clumps on fence posts or railings looking lost. Bees all disappeared leaving plenty of stores in hive which dont get robbed out, unlike AFB. Only half a cup or less of bees left with a queen. Collect some (20) of those last bees put in ziplock bag and send to John McKay and DNature in Gisborne for testing. Those hives that have died out in this way are treated in our operation as follows. Seperated as diseased. Old frames get all wax blasted off. If frames are good for brood those boxes go into heat tent and get heated 40-50 degrees surposedly for 2 hours but often longer. Bases lids div boards queen excluders scrapped down and either go in heat tent, or dipped in janola, or if nothing done with them in winter and we are back to hot days are laid out in sun on very hot days singly exposed to heat and sunlight. By doing this we have reduced our disease loadings and now only get the occasional sick hive. We know we had corrorapa because we tested. We know cororapa is held in the wax because we sent our wax out of sick hives (ie cut out brood wax around the surviving bees) and sent it to John for testing.
  11. 7 points
    Almost completed the first round of my own hives, they look great, with some a little too strong. Fresh staples going in with the last lot from April flicked out. Plenty of pollen coming in. Disease check, Queen check, stores, treat, full scrape down including floor. Very happy.. out of 120 odd I’ve zero dead, 2 dronelayers only one hive had DWV... and with 2 showing mites... all at the same site... It’s back to work next week...
  12. 7 points
    Here’s a few photos of the frame on the day of the inspection. Sadly a case of AFB. We had 3 cells draw out, a pupal tounge, a few other cells which also looked suspect and a bit of scale on the inside of a couple of cells
  13. 7 points
    I just spent two weeks wandering around the South Island taking an old mate on a boys trip. South Island roads are so much smoother and less potholed than the North Island roads. Beautiful bush almost everywhere and manuka all over the place including hundreds of acres sprayed to death on the Milford Road. Saw lots of hives but most seemed well spread out and not big sites. Roads were almost empty anywhere away from towns but I was a bit disappointed with roads like the hast pass and the Crown Road over Cardrona which while picturesque were not anywhere near as rugged as I was hoping for and we have more exciting roads here. Milford was a bit more real especially with heavy snow around both ends of the homer tunnel. I like where I live but the South Island is dropdead gorgeous.
  14. 7 points
    Each year the colony appears in a slightly different place and the old comb eventually Falls off.
  15. 7 points
    Beautiful day here one of those where it feels like spring is almost here. very mixed bag of hives some good some middling and some rubbish. good amounts of pollen coming in and it feels great to be out with my head in a beehive again. Ive been feeling so negative about the industry over winter I really had lost the desire to do bees anymore but am feeling much better after a day out amongst it .
  16. 7 points
    It's been a couple of great days. I got out to a site today for the first time since April, got to the third hive and take a look at the photo's. Probably close to 2FD boxes of bees in total over three boxes. The rest of the site the hives were in the 6/7 frames region so this hive has been marching to the beat of its own drum. There is an Autumn Queen in there and I always remember this hive being very happy to sting me (including a nice one in the face today), other than that otherwise normal. I gave it a pollen pattie, syrup and refreshed the OA/Gly staples and added an extra FD brood box. Next time I head out I'll probably bring the Queen back in a nuc as a breeder, and graft from her.
  17. 6 points
    Well, the big C is a big bit Chinese owned.....look at them now..... Fonterra (Fon Terror?)....Chinese deals....look them now........ China hitting production lows...massive unemployment....civil unrest..... Me thinks we should be careful what we wish for.
  18. 6 points
    Same story here . Normally I overwinter as a single with top feeder if needed , but left a box of honey on this year . Had one site of 10 hives , 9 doubles all dead , most with untouched honey super and all with capped brood . No sign of disease in the brood , but very few dead bees around either . It’s like someone came in with a vacuum cleaner and sucked up all the bees . The one single on site is still ok , but if I recall , was a late supercedure . Two other sites were humming with wasps , but in hind site , the hives were probably weakened already . Interestingly , the wasps took vespex so would suggest they are still breeding .those sites I’ve lost about 40% . End result , I’ve gone from wannabe commercial to wannabe hobbyist . Bees aren’t my main income , but they are something I really enjoy , so this still feels like a big kick in the guts . I would be the first to admit , I haven’t put as much time into the bees this year , but still did the usual treatments and disease checks , so nothing out of the ordinary there .
  19. 6 points
    In my humble opinion a lot of varroa failure is possibly cross infection. i wonder if this is partly why staples are often very effective, on going treatment to control cross infection. I have been asked to place hives on an island in the gulf that has no hives and is a wildlife sanctuary. I am dying to see how they differ from my home hives over a season.
  20. 6 points
    I am going to persevere with alternatives even though synthetics still work fine for me . I think humanities days of easy victories over all competeing life forms are over . We may be wiping out a lot of the animals we would like to have around but we have lost the initial advantage of the surprise attack with bacteria , fungi , insects that like to eat our crops, weeds we do not want in our garden etc . I have been a mostly organic gardener for 40 yrs and its bloody hard work .
  21. 6 points
    We ran them through the middle this time last season at work and found a lot of colonies split .. with brood on one side and stores the other so adapted the next round to one leg each seam alternate ends. They can’t avoid that. I run staples continuous up to the target flow... which is December , only in the brood. At harvest they run solid again through til wintering down in April May where the last treatment goes in To be replaced now with new edge protection for massive chewing.
  22. 6 points
    I run one staple “leg” in each seam of bees.. on the edge of the brood area so just touching the outside extremity of the brood. These thumping beasts were last treated with staples in April.
  23. 6 points
    Ive seen an extreme case of this that in my mind points to a common factor in the die off. My experience has been that a significant die off (2 cups) happens in about 2 or 3% of hives and that these Hives are spread throughout an outfit. However Ive once seen a spring treated site of 15 Hives all do it. So that is all 15 hives at a site doing what only 3% of Hives would be expected to do in an entire outfit. As it happened all of these 15 hives were overwintered autumn splits from a single site 20km away. All looked really promising until treated, after which I wrote the entire site off as a lost cause. 3 Hives died and the rest produced a good crop. However, that same site was part of an Autumn OA trial and even although it trialed well, it wasn't as good as the other sites. It was a low lying cold site by a river that was shaded by large Pines The site it came from was very shaded as well, but not so damp. This donor site received very little Sun all day, even in mid summer. That site that dumped Bees is still part of the trial so it will be interesting to see if it does the same this spring.
  24. 6 points
    Quick Update: All the colours are in on all 4 quadrants...finding enough Winter and Autumn pollens slowed things down. The Paper trail is a doorstop now. So its become obvious i need to put it all into a database. This first chart is a draft its a funny mix of whatever i could find world wide, so its NZ, AU, EU, dominated in plant origins. So I’m collating at least 1500 plant pollen types and colours, with whatever quality and quantity information I have found. Now that is something that will be a bit easier to share with you. Some information is unverified and the authorship is not declared, and some is peer reviewed and has been collated using standard scientific method, there will be a bibliography with the database. Hopefully people here can then use that original to improve and customise for localities. The chart image will be available for enjoyment. I think the next iteration may have to be a series of 12 separate large charts. What a strange way to have fun. But it’s fun.
  25. 6 points
    What about a system that passes the frame between two rollers, ie the honey gets squashed out rather than scraped off, leaving the bulk of the wax still attached, or sort of, to the frame ? More wax left for the bees to re-use , cleaner honey for further processing.... In fact Granny's ancient washing hand wringer's rubber rollers could easily be shaped to fit the woodwork. Stainless laundry tub with timber stiffener to take the wringer clamps. Change the sprung rotating handle on top to a quick acting cam action....Bob's yr uncle. I can smell the Rickett's Blue already !
  26. 6 points
    And no-one rang to let you know.....pack of low lifes they must be.
  27. 6 points
    With regard leaving honey on, its about principle to me I resent being in a position where all the ticket clippers get to make their margin and the poor old beek gets whats left even worse a bill'. Id rather not work hard to make them money, getting non myself. What really peeved me off was to see one extraction outfit put their prices up as Honey went down. As for your comment about why do I keep Bees, Im sure you didnt mean that in a bad way but if you did just consider for a moment that those Bees have contributed to this industry in ways that a few tonne of Honey never will. So, I have my own reasons for Beekeeping and thankfully I dont need to sell Honey but I do need my Bees. Also, Palletized Hives in the context of this discussion is about Varroa not production. Whatever studies might have been done in the past are not necessarily relevant in today's environment because today's Varroa environment is different from the past. Lots of things are different.
  28. 5 points
    TALK to those who are putting it out there congratulations. It is really hard to see losses like this , let alone share it. We all know we can feel bad finding AFB and so many do not share that from a sense of shame. I was in the dairy industry years ago when subsidies were removed and remember the toll on community and families. There will be beekeepers out there that are struggling to cope with low prices and losses like this. They can also tend to close down and not talk, stoic types you know, men's men etc. Talk to your anyone or reach out to a professional. MIke King is on your side.Do not suffer in silence.
  29. 5 points
    When I came to the bay 40 yrs ago there was lots of scappy land covered in gorse. Most of it was let go and ignored. Today that land is covered in native forest with no one lifting a finger to plant anything or remove the gorse .
  30. 5 points
    Totally agree Matt. We have planted lotsa tree here over the years. We bought this gorse ridden block many moons ago. It was always my dream to own a run down block and make a silk purse out of a sows ear. The second winter I was here I set to on the gorse. had an old fellah living her called Bill. he was from down central way and a horseman of repute and cooked a mean bangers an mash. The forcast was good for burning. Southerly change, much like tonight, snow to low levels . So I lit the gorse. Holy Charisma .... does that stuff burn. I came off the hill for a coffee, and said to Bill 'I lit that gully'. 'You hungry', he said ' I cooked us up some bangers'. A few minutes later the neighbour arrived. "You got a fire going up there on the hill James .... Don't worry, Uncle Grahams bringing the fire truck up" Oh Crap. Uncle Graham arrived with five of his mates trucks and a chopper on standy. The funniest thing was young John B arrived from Windwhistle in the old Chev fire truck. It had no cab . John never had such a n adrenalin rush in his life, Roaring up the road with the siren going, the wind howling , heading north where a massive glow lit the night sky behind the hills of LowMount. She was a goodie, but the snow arrived, and by the morning the gorse was gone and all wthat was left was a smouldering mass of blackened earth. We planted that earth in the spring. It was a dirty job, but twenty nine years later it is a pleasure to behold ..... a mixture of larch, oregon and corsican pine. It has colour in the spring and the autumn. On the other side of the track is a forty year old oregon block. We thinned that ten years ago, selectively logged it and built a log cabin that we flew in kit set to our over the hill tussock block ..... a pig hunting retreat for those who need to reconnect to the important things in life. The forester today asked what I wanted to plant. I hate pines. Their only use is MDF and packaging. Under the district plan here Oregon is classed as a weed, the seed is too light and carries on the wind to infest tussock land. What a load of Cod's Wallop! The log pile house would be rotted by now, the shed six by two's infested with borer .... the tree gaurds would be gone. Like I have said many times before...... my hive tool is sharp and ready for the revolution.
  31. 5 points
    I mean until I can't anymore. I bought 33 hives when I first started for $150 each off an old guy from hellensville Bruce Miller 80s plus who was happy that his hives were going to a young keen guy who would look after them and they went to a good home.
  32. 5 points
    Back in April/May I added staples to the exact same place as now.. one leg in each seam on the edge of the brood. This week was the next opening where some hives had fully removed them and or had chewed them except for the top piece over the frame. If it’s a full box of bees it gets four staples max , weaker hives get less but I just judge on population and brood amount I
  33. 5 points
    I don't know if this will help but here goes. I sugar shake two or three different hives in an apiary when I'm there. If I get three mites in a shake, all hives get treated. If less than three, I don't treat. I use the OA/Gly staples and place them usually mid-frame / on the edge of the brood and I only have one staple leg down each seam between the frames. I use three or four of these per brood box, no staples in the supers. I treat at any time of the year if mite levels warrant it. In Autumn this past season I didn't lose hives to varroa, whereas in the previous few Autumns I was losing plenty. From November to mid Feb was just too long to leave hives untreated in our area(s) I find the monitoring / sugar shakes a bit painful, I'd rather be doing something else......but it does inform you about what you need to do. I've had perfectly good looking strong hives that have sugar shaked above three and been very surprised.....if I hadn't treated they'd be very damaged by the next round.
  34. 5 points
    Today is the start of the next phase of beekeeping . Late winter. The bees are just starting to build up and are very busy bringing in white pollen, which must be gum and tree Lucerne. The bees look the healthiest I've seen in a very long time at this time of the year. Of course , I credit @Philbee's Staples. So, in line with what I now understand to be best practice, the February Staples have all been removed , and to be honest , they look 'spent' , and have been replaced with brand new Staples smack bang in the brood. In most cases , it is 2 Staples per hive, which will get added to each visit as the brood increases. I like to have one leg of a staple touching brood, leaving no frames of brood untreated . Add to that, a full shake down of all brood frames for a full AFB check , as well as a scrape down of propolis and wax off the interior of the boxes so frames slide easily for future frame manipulation. One hive nailed my beesuit leaving a raft of stings behind , many penetrating and getting me . This behaviour is unacceptable and the queen is marked for despatch a bit later on. She is a new late autumn supercedure queen .
  35. 5 points
    That is extremely good observation for a beginner Well done 😊
  36. 5 points
    Anything that Ive read regarding treatment free beekeeping relies heavily on brood breaks and anyone who raises queens will know that the nucs those queens are raised in have barely a mite in them for the entire queen raising period purely off the back of brood breaks. To me treatment free beekeeping is an entirely different thing to varroa resistant or tolerant bees . I don’t believe anyone has varroa tolerant bees that can survive without adding brood breaks into the mix. What obvious reasons ?
  37. 5 points
    Bees loving the hazel pollen during these still warm days
  38. 5 points
    We’ve had plagues of wasps coming into the house , as well as hammering a couple of our sites , so I put some vespex out yesterday, and the wasps were straight into it . Checked this morning and they had taken the lot so fingers crossed it wipes out a few nests .
  39. 5 points
    No it’s the top of one of 2 columns, 3.4 m high supporting exposed macro roof trusses, been my winter job.
  40. 5 points
    Lol More like a summary of what Staples Ill be using this season. Wides will be 4 layers and narrows six layers I only use Edge protected. Some will have hemp between layers but they cost me heaps to make Some will be made with organic cotton which is 10 times the price of polyester and is imported from the US. Ill be looking very closely at my 40% ratio and playing round with building some sort of data set on what happens between 40%and 44% because there is a fine line there. Spring Efficacy trials will look at chewing rates of the EP Staple which is important because the Autumn trial staples were not chewed at all but spring staples will be. This is very important data for registration. Ill probably give the 6 layer EP narrows a good blast as well. I went out and kicked some hives last week, limped home, so my first issue is going to be last seasons Honey.
  41. 5 points
    At my place is told: full-fed doesn't understand the hungry. It is hilarious when some no meat eater come and praise our food which has some animal origin.. I always say live your life and let me live my.. While I was in visit in France we eat food as all mortals from supermarkets. The meat I ate hardly go down the throat and I felt as having some stone in a belly accompanied with some unpleasant odor. If I live there more likely will eat little or no meat, since vegetables didn't taste as bad as " meat".. About these honey replacements.. I hardly believe have any positive effect on human health.. Only it is sticky and sweet.. In our local beek disputes, one beek mentioned that industrial glucose-fructose syrup encourage diabetes, to see scientific proof I have to look what research he refers to. Seems someone has too much free time, maybe to try to work some.. I would say, better they work on themselves and lead by example and lead normal human talk. Installing on force their ideas into my mind only create resistance..
  42. 4 points
    There have been massive losses in the Waikato . Much higher than 50% losses . Most guys just don’t talk about it I think
  43. 4 points
    I recon the first time I used staples I lost an entire brood cycle of build up. No idea sorry, in spring our bees chew them like crazy, we run a 3weekly round or thereabouts they get replaced as required. You have to let go of the synthetic thinking of “a treatment round” those days are gone with these things.
  44. 4 points
    Nice hive. I think you're onto something about 'exposure' to the acid and treating according to strength. I think there is an initial whack of acid which can kill bees, then the acid level drops as the staples 'dry' out- giving no long term adverse affect. The staples do produce a large contact area. Others have had success, but had a dud experience trying to introduce queen cells in Feb (strong hives) at the same time as placing 4 x staples. Lots of queenless and some deads by April. I have to disclose that these sites did experience a heavy Willow Dew flow and not much pollen- so they shut down early and got bogged with Willow Poo. My breeders at home have had staples since Summer and today, 3 washes - 1, 2 and 4 mites. Ox/Gly staples work. Just need to understand how to manage.
  45. 4 points
    So a week ago I put some OA strips in single box hives that hadn’t been treated since last spring - only left them because I wanted to know what would happen with winter OA strips. All were 10 frame, healthy looking (!) and with good foodstores. Winter has been pretty mild for us so far so they’re actively foraging. 4 of Philbees wide strips non EP well drained, 40% OA, per hive. All on hive doc bases. No pre or post treatment mite wash. 5 hives look perfect, quite impressed, the 6th one photos are below. first pic shows dead bees out the front. It was so bad after only a couple days I cracked the whole front of the hive open to make sure they could still get in/out. second pic shows dead bees on the base - many adults, plus some larvae pulled. third pic shows hive put together after cleaning the base and active foragers returning. hive remains ok but has clearly had a large shock. No sign of disease (incl DWV interestingly) when the strips were put in. I didn’t pull the frames apart today, but suspect the hive has reduced from probably 7-8 frames of adult bees to 4-5, so I wouldnt be surprised if there was some dead brood in there from chill. assessing the hive, I’m comfortable it will recover ok and push along into spring. I’ve carried out a whole lot of different scenarios with these strips over the past year or so, a lot of it pushing the envelope and outside recommendation, just so I can get a true handle on them. I’m pretty confident in then now, I think there is more comfort zone with them than people realise, although I can see hobbiests getting the odd shock when they get it wrong and have a result like this one... from now on I’m running these strips, with FA treatments held in reserve. No synthetic strips. Kudos to Phil for all the work to date. Cheers Pics 1 and 2 Pic 3 - have a close look you may pick up something (I just did!) @Philbee do you supply strips in cardboard cartons? The pails are good but I think I’ve got enough of them now, if we could get the strips in cartons we can just keep reusing the pails we have. cheers
  46. 4 points
    I feel that I need to inform you that there are still some pockets of southern New Zealand where varroa hasn't found it's way in. These areas used to be prime sheep country until some fool discovered more money to be made in milk production. Hundreds of square kilometres turned into cow country, and now are void of bees. This has formed a natural barrier between clover producing areas - (a bit like Cook Strait), and a large beekeeping operation way down somewhere near Tuatapere. I believe that to this day he hasn't needed any varroa treatments as he keeps all his hives - some 3000 - in the deep south and into Fiordland National Park. Also southern Westland has no varroa, but not many bees also.
  47. 4 points
    It makes no difference to hive strength or production which way a hive faces and we did trials many years ago that proved conclusively that hives on pallets produced substantially more honey than single hives. There is also a lot less drift with pallets. I remember apiarys that had two lines of hives and they would be six high at one end and two high at the other. Even when most of our hives were still singles we found they performed better when set up in groups of four with one facing each direction. You do see a few chilled bees on the grass outside the shady entrance but I suspect the ones from the sunny entrance just leave home earlier and die further away. I would never go back to running single hives commercially. Phil. I have to ask why you are even keeping bees if you're not taking the honey off, it must have some effect on your varoa trials as leaving the honey crop on is not a real world situation for most beekeepers. I would not be happy but I can still make money at five dollars per kilo.
  48. 4 points
    Got around some more sites today for their first post-Winter? checks. For the most part cracking strong hives with loads of bees and brood at various levels from very little to two FD frames brood capped both sides. The hives are way stronger generally than I've seen at this time of year, although varroa was under control going into Winter and they had plenty of stores. Hives got half a pollen pattie and 2ish litres 40% syrup each and their first lectures about not swarming in a couple of months time. I didn't see any drone brood and drone numbers were very low. I did knock one Queen on the head and put a frame in with eggs so will just have to see how that goes. Varroa is the main issue, I had treatments in for Autumn which worked and and I just left it for Winter. All sites had higher mite levels than I'd like and at one site I saw the odd mite on bees and some DWV in a handful of hives. I am using both Ox/Gly staples and Bayverol this Spring and am going to run a trial to see how hives with each treatment perform through Spring. It wont be long and it will be all on.
  49. 4 points
    The high temp today hit 19 degrees . To me , it’s felt more like September than July all month . I still have 14 hives in FD boxes , so today was the day to start their conversion to 3/4. Ive put a mostly drawn 3/4 box on the floor , caught the queen and put her in there with plenty of bees , then a QE , then the old bottom brood box above that . Above that is a top feeder which I have scraped off a frame of honey from the same hive . Repeated until all 14 were done. I have hives with old drones , emerging drones and drone brood . Big healthy drones . I also have new queens that have mated and started laying sometime in the last two months . So basically winter mated queens , which is unheard of . Winter here has been lots of fog , but also lots of warm still days
  50. 4 points
    Hi. Not much of pics.. Full hands of qcells to distribute.. on 30-35C at peak in shade.. Managed to get one batch of new line using jenter with cloake board.. Hopefully to requeen a lot. I am all sticky, sweat and in hurry and have no time to take pics around hives, cause want to be as less as can under scorching sun ( blue sky, clouds non existant and that yellow star..). The mother is 1st generation of carnie mix ( slovenian+our local carnie). She outperformed the majority of others, on the even rank as my favorite " line". Please, don't nitpicking fussy, this my lineage and queen management is full of flaws and rudimentary. Mostly is reason lack of time and other works ( hazels, pay job). I just keep tracking mothers.. The reason I take this one queen from 2017.: calm on comb ( no bearding on frame), excellent spring buildup ( crucial for me cause spring forages are mostly all I can get), gentle, no swarming desire, top honey yields, not signs of some disease, hive bursting with bees.. So it will be interesting what her daughters will show.. On the other side, just want to catch woodpeckers and other birds into hands to show how I feel when they all day feast on my hazelnuts 🤬 My cats seems can't keep up with their numbers.. Maybe to try to throw them up in sky when see woodpecker fly above to be more efficient.. 🤔
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