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  1. 5 points
    Hive boxes aren't always just for the bees. They also come in very handy as a bookcase for a very busy university student
  2. 4 points
    Sharing honey indeed is good feeling, also when I am in situation I buy little plastic " bear" bottles for the kids fill them with honey and share - I don't sell these. I think this is in " bees tune" in social sharing.
  3. 4 points
    Had airbags fitted to take sag out and up graded the springs to 600kg since this photo taken Loader is making life easier,and moving individual hives is a breeze. I know of another beekeeper who is also waiting on his new one. Mine was about 2 months later than said and was worth the wait
  4. 3 points
    Extra busy day today got 50 cells out, most into new splits and a few refreshing the mini mating nucs. Was very pleased to see dead varroa in drone brood after treating with formic a couple of weeks back.
  5. 3 points
    It certainly would be a mistake to think mineral content was the only thing that mattered. A few weeks ago I fenced off a small paddock and put a white plastic water trough in it. I spent the next five or six days fishing drinking honeys bees out, dead or alive. Thinking about the insect pan traps you give to kids (usually bright yellow) I decided to change it and swapped in the standard Farmlands green model. Same water, same weather, no bees. Life is more complicated than you want.
  6. 3 points
    I've progressed the "forced abscond" that has been on my job list since November discussion above. Basically a colony was in a tree 1.5m diameter with a hollow entrance at knee height and majority of the internal space below ground. The entrance was directly on to a walking track for access to a beach and a definite problem that needed to be fixed. Using extension bars I put 22mm holes up to 1m long into the tree in 3 places. front/side/back. Drill bit came back with dark brown wax and honey on it. Prior to starting I put a swarm box with two drawn combs and the cells filled with sugar syrup as a house warming present/lure. Smoking caused roughly 2 litres of bees to come out. Following you tube videos I then let them rest to go back and get honey and repeated this over quite a few hours. Then once time was up and I was pretty sure no significant number of bees were actually still in the tree.. I inserted the garden hose and very slowly filled up the hollow with water over another hour. Finally I had water coming out all the holes and the entrance and no chance of anything still in there alive. At which point I filled the tree with sand/dirt/slurry. Today I have a swarm box in full operation. No activity from old hive just a few bees walking around having a sniff and wondering what on earth happened yesterday. I'll leave this alone until next Tuesday and then remove it at night. If I have not got the queen, then she will be dead I'm afraid, so I may add a cell. Such was the speed of this, I doubt very many bees are dead however. I'll attach two photos that I'll call day zero and day one. After I realised how dirty phone was, I cleaned it for second photo.
  7. 1 point
    That's a lot of effort to go to. .. disturbed :cool:
  8. 1 point
    Like Dihydrogen monoxide: is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain. contributes to the "greenhouse effect". may cause severe burns. contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals. may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients. Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used: as an industrial solvent and coolant. in nuclear power plants. in the production of styrofoam. as a fire retardant. in many forms of cruel animal research. in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products. :eek: Also found in honey (approx. 17-18%)
  9. 1 point
    Thanks M4tt, As a beginner and voyeur on the forum Ive learnt a lot from all the experienced beeks who give their advice on the forum. Its much appreciated
  10. 1 point
    As long as it is in original container, low contamination and kept cool, it is surprising how long 2:1 will keep. I've kept it through a winter no problem (for me that is May to August). You can add bleach, I think Randy Oliver did some work on it. Or honey bee healthy - the essential oils seem to kill/suppress yeast or bacteria. Once you've diluted it to 1:1 though, or added any other goodies like seaweed preparation, pollen sub etc., it is all on - watch it ferment in front of your eyes...
  11. 1 point
    You could spray the honey super as well if you were unsure. Im not talking a big burst just a quick spray between all the boxes.
  12. 1 point
    Open the bottom box squirt airfreshener over the top of the frames put next brood box on then tilt it up and squirt between boxes, hive mat on, lid on, all done.
  13. 1 point
    Spray both boxes with a good dose of plain air freshener then combine. I also give the bees a wee squirt of syrup. Just keeps everyone busy for a few hours.
  14. 1 point
    Had a sudden influx of wasps last week, after not seeing any nearly all summer. Even found a dead one in one top super. Now, nothing again. Even the Australian paper wasps are missing this year, usually I've got them building nests all over the place here, but so far, not a one......
  15. 1 point
    Correct, any brood seperated from the queen by 2 boxes of honey is virtually certain to be used to build queen cells. Best plan for your situation would have been put the weak hive box directly on top of the brood nest of the other hive, then the honey boxes on top of all that. A sheet or two of newspaper may be used, and also a temporary queen excluder to ensure the good queen in the bottom does not accidentally move up into unfriendly bees. But when I'm doing these type of combines quite often I'll just put the hives together no paper no nothing, it's a judgement call based on each particular hive, season, etc.
  16. 1 point
    And cause he's a bloke it would have been the cane too . I thought he had used Photoshop , but he must have used tweezers
  17. 1 point
    There must be some real research out there somewhere, certainly regarding topical application (Medical Manuka?). So many folk world wide seem to believe it has beneficial effects (including this fella) that it is hard to believe that doesn't.
  18. 1 point
    Hahahaha you are such a little ####e i bet you got the strap heaps at school!
  19. 1 point
    Beech honeydew is also very high in anti oxidants its surprising that no one is marketing it as a health food. The other upside of beech dew is that it stays liquid which is how alot of the world expect honey to be, when they see crystalized honey they wonder whats wrong with it or suspect something has been added to it.
  20. 1 point
    Incubator for 900 queen cells...work in progress.
  21. 1 point
    I haven't tried mustard. I can grow tomatoes though.
  22. 1 point
    Far out @tristan! Does that make you feel old?
  23. 1 point
    I remember when Ekrotec were just starting Frazz and it was you pointed out their new emblem resembled 2 bees mating. A few people had an online chuckle over it, then the emblem quietly dissapeared from their website and literature. And talking about queens the two you sent me are happily settled in their new nuc hives, next time I'm there I'll mark them and send you a pic.
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