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  1. Big thanks to @tudor . Got the call this morning and went and collected this evening. The bees had been on the irrigation gate for 5 days. Not much activity. Took until almost all were in the box before any started flying. Rehomed nicely into a new hive tonight.
    5 points
  2. Well I had the rod from my leg removed on tuesday , so hopefully I'm near the end of the road , sorting this leg out . Not good timing from a beekeeping point of view , but I managed to get through all of the hives just before the op , so hopefully they will behave till I can get back to them .
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  3. HideeHi ..... We're back ! A week in the slammer ain't so bad. Plenty of time to do other things and the food was good. Yes John .... Our first thirteen hives were a give away .... they were sat neglected under a gorse hedge after the "keeper" disappeared off to Australia. The boxes were rotten, the frames had collapsed and burr comb was all over the place. But the bees were alive and looked better than ever after some new boxes and some TLC. The cocky was placated with some pots of honey and we were in business. I think we small Bees are not party to the bigger picture. I know for a fa
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  4. Great stencils from Trev's wife. I highly reccommend the stencils and very accommodating to special requests. I've even ordered the numbers 0-9 and several letters so I can keep track of my hives better.
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  5. About swarming.. at my place are carnies. There is several routes they go in the matter of swarming. 1. They do fast come to about 6 frames of brood early in spring and stop no matter what you do.. they seek branches, that is really swarmish and such I immediatelly dethrone. Usually such swarm endlessly and ends up with laying worker if left alone. 2. They do grow fast and doubles brood in two weeks and right when main forage start go for swarming no matter what I do. That is for me medium swarming tendency. Such strong colony I take 2BF+2FF+queen+bees and move 3km away as new colony. In mai
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  6. Thanks! We're pretty stoked. We used an empty paper team box. We scooped from below, going up the wall with the lid of the box like filleting the bees off the wall, then brushed the remaining bees into the box from the grass.
    2 points
  7. Got another swarm today just south of Gore. No pics as it was raining. Good size and on a post again.
    2 points
  8. You've got an unnecessary space.
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  9. I made complete circle in my beekeeping. Now I am retreating from honey production to qrearing and bees selling. I follow the queen lines by feminine side since I start to beekeep, and due to decent stock I am in plus. But keep it low scale to can get easily out of it if needed. I am " happy" that we are here stimulated to work less and your skills and knowledge are counterproductive..
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  10. Now we have a swarm in our top bar hive we will just use the spare hive tool we have to work it and keep it separate. But I do a rough rotation system for cleaning , scrub all gear with bleach one week, flame the tool the next, with hot soapy water whenever, that just keeps it gunk free mainly. Partner has passed his Deca and would rather be vigilant even if we only have a few hives
    2 points
  11. Welcome back - always look forward to your comments!!! Hope you mastered the art of picking up the soap with your toes while you were "away"??
    2 points
  12. Has anyone used the horizontal division method of grubbing/starting/ finishing cells. Its occurred to me that I could use one of my Queen Castle grub boxes to produce cells. These Castles are 3 frame / 7 frame division boxes. The Queen is confined to the 3 frame side and the 7 frame side is open. I harvest grubs from the 3 frame side and the bees support the queen through a vertical Queen Excluder excluder partition. If I put a pheromone sheet over the Queen Excluder the 7 frame side will start cells and finish them when its removed a day later. This method enables a 10 frame box to both
    1 point
  13. I started grafting last week and placed the cell bar in the queen castle to finish. I will keep doing this I think as it is quite convenient to do all the prep in the starter hive, take the cell bar to the queen castle hive, place that, remove the frame for grubs, do the graft, put cell bar in to starter and return grub frame to queen castle. Queen castle may donate a brood frame to another hive/nuc if required to keep space available in the hive and rotate through new frame for drawing out. I haven't considered blocking off the queen castle excluder to create the starter colony but I suppose
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  14. She gets an empty drawn white wax frame per week (3frames x 7days =21 day cycle) So each week I put in a new frame and remove a solid slab of brood This means that the frame I graft from has grubs of similar ages on it. Interestingly no Drone brood ever
    1 point
  15. Different country --- different method. My Regional Bee Inspector has several hive tools in a container of Soda (Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate) solution.
    1 point
  16. Have used the msugar one sourced through ecrotec, and the bees liked it fine The pre made sausages are SO much easier than mixing your own up I have found!
    1 point
  17. We made a decision to wait this year, it seems to have been a good decision. The majority of our splits are done in spring, we wait until the grapevine on our back porch begins to leaf up. Crazy as it sounds it works!
    1 point
  18. But the criticism of spring-mated queens has more to do with longevity does it not...
    1 point
  19. When we did our first split it just got hammered by wasps, caught 50+ a week using a couple of Bottle traps. Haven't got many in the last week or 2 so assuming they have switched to protein. Or best case scenario, Dead
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  21. Hadn't seen any of these books before, thanks for the post, definitely worth a read.
    1 point
  22. Once you use a blow torch for 5 minutes you'll love it. They are pretty simple but do demand a bit of respect. Like any tool, it's all about learning to use it.
    1 point
  23. I always kind of thought scorching was a little over the top unless I actually saw AFB. And it'll wreck the temper on your tool. I scrape mine clean and poke it in the ground, unless it's covered in honey I don't think it poses much of a risk. You could carry some bleach and scrape it and give it a wash.
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