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West Coast Kid

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  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
  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 t
  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.
  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)
  13. Welcome Jeff...it's like one massive pub ...pour th'sen a cold un and join a table... :lol
  14. many thanks...will sit tight and wait until next year... appreciate the info and time (y)
  15. Hey @tudor - not so much a work on...but regarding the swap from FD to a 3/4 set up - Is there a best/preferable time of year to do this? I am currently running two hives, each comprising a FD Brood (both bought) and a 3/4 Super on top of that (for brood expansion and stores) and intention is to continue with 3/4 honey supers. Would like to move to a 3/4 set-up and a bit stuck on the timing or to leave the FD Broods in place...but when I want to split??... newbies eh? :rofl: Thanks.
    simple instructions, backed up by simple observations even the wobblist of new BEEKs can feel comfortable with...thanks...and look forward to next update...Oh... I also like the "Right" approach too...
  16. ...I saw the title "Pak-n-Save swarm" and for a minute thought they'd branched out... :cautious:
  17. sounds like lots and lots and lots of little wings beating...perhaps hitting/clipping the wood and "clicking" rather than "crackling"? :what:....or....you need to get out more:whistle:
  18. This is fast becoming my first port of call before I foray into the Great Forum and seek the Wisdom and dodge the bullets :-) ...I esp like the process from moving FD to 3/4... and like the "right <.....>" format....many thanks
  19. not heard back from original poster yet on some of the comments... but, building a few more cells on @tristans comments... Regarding if he has been stood down or sacked (they can both mean different things entirely) and whether the employer can.....or...cannot do either...yes they can... Leaving a job - NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - My First Job Infozone - contingent on the timing of employment and the wording of the employment contract ie 90 day trial period or gross misconduct or (not) enough contractual hours availible due to an operational issue (dead/MIA/reduced be
  20. Hi Mete33.. where abouts are you on the Coast?.. I'm out at Nelson Creek and have had no problems with the girls bringing in plenty of pollen and nectar from the gorse/broom/fruit blossoms and the big red flowery things..(check my previous posts! :whistle:)... what feedback specifically are you looking for?
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