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West Coast Kid

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About West Coast Kid

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    Nelson Creek
  1. @HSV_Darren - I had two hives (1xFD brood and 1x3/4 stores set up) come through winter, which this year for the West Coast was quite mild, and to cut a longer story even shorter, they were really strong....both had queens, were packing in stores had drones in abundance and not a lot of room. Both hives did their own queen cells (in the middle of the frame so assumed supercedure) and I figured they knew more than I did. (y) So, after consideration, rumination and lots of Marlborough Pinot, :whistle: I decided to go with the bee's and took a 5 frame split from each and ensured both nucs had frames of brood, stores and a frame with the queen cell on. Rather that I figured than risk swarming. That was 10 days ago...I checked yesterday and both queen cells had been chewed. Couldn't find the newly hatched ladies (yet) but again happy to go with the bee's and leave them to it. Now have two strong hives that will be looking for more space and two nucs that are doing rather well on their own. I was very nervous on making the splits at this time, but went with what I saw rather than what I expected to see.
  2. Enjoyed reading the update @tudor... will you be able to add more info to the Split and Nucs page(s) in time for the Spring splits? I'm moving to a 3/4 set up as I mentioned and have it clear in my head now thanks...just wondering on the timing in making the move, I still have two hives on a FD "brood" + 1x 3/4 of near depleted stores that have over wintered on a wet yet a tad mild here on the Coast and the splitting those two hives to 4... (y)
  3. Welcome aboard!! @CHCHPaul Lots of information, debate, videos and help on here....
  4. I do......but shucks...I'm just a Coastie trying to do best by his bees.....y'all :whistle:
  5. "The wee circular things...." do just that...lift the lid some and allow an air space between the lid and the quilt....
  6. I put the quilt box on top of the super and then the sprung lid on top of that. The wee circular things are an addition to lift up the sprung lid clear of the ventilation holes I put in (too low) to air the shavings. Not sure on the poly addition either other than as an insulant rather than/as well as reducing mositure. @yesbut - the absorbative layer, from the research I have done, does (help to) reduce the mositure and also acts as insulation. Agree the best remedy would be to relocate the hives, but I'm keen to see how they go this year in situ and see if I'm unduly clucking about the damp air/frosts locally to me...either way the addition of the quilt box can benefit all year round I understand
  7. @HSV_Darren: I have two hives in a similar spot (Nelson Creek - West Coast) and observed last year, before getting hives, that the autumn and winter was (locally) damp and prone to air frost. Not having too much winter sun the trade off was good position for rest of year. I was concerned about condensation and insulation. I looked at quilt covers and funnily enough checked out the same blog After lots of research took the plunge and built these; The hives are about 200mm off the gound and well sheltered. The mechanics and logic of the "how" the covers worked ticked the boxes for me. The bees started to take out lots of the woodshavings, so in v1.2 I put some carded wool on top of the screen and then the shavings on top....no more bees carrying out bits of wood! The mesh is garden wind break netting. Will see how they go this winter and consider keeping them on for coolness in the summer.
  8. @Davide - Welcome to the Forum...looking forward to seeing how this thread develops, esp the control of Varroa you mention
  9. What reference are you using for the illegality of such an action?..just curious as these guys Wasps (scroll down to Recommended Control Methods) seem to indicate that the practise is "ok" ? as do other NZ Councils...
  10. Just another wee snippet if I may based on own experience of "Petrol Treatment" for wasps...they can have a back door and come legging it out at you...best get a pipe (or the plastic tube on the end of a petrol can will do) and give it a good ram down...pour petrol...and then plug the hole with a petrol soaked rag to block the hole...and retire PDQ! (y):sneaky:
  11. Yip...what Trevor said... I would add too that best time to the petrol treatment is around dusk...when most of the beggars are holed up for the night.. :sneaky:
  12. @Chris Schultz Hi Chris...beyond my ken...and admittedly all the "What is...?" reminded me of Monty Python sketch...however...there's loads of info on the forum Search function and I'm sure lots of beeks will be dropping by shortly...(y)
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