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Carlton last won the day on December 14 2016

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  1. Very similar to how the hexagon frames are arranged in the pic above. Though as i will have a flat box face at the front/back i will get 4 frames the whole length, and then 3 frames each side cut on the angle. Frame management will be a bit tricky as i'll be restricted as to how/where i can move. I'm not really intending on harvesting any honey initially from this hive... it is more about the bees. The roof is probably more interesting than the boxes... just taped together at the moment, to be glued and filled and epoxy coated... with a copper finial to finish
  2. I'm currently making some octagonal macrocarpa boxes for a warre-type hive. My 2 reasons for choosing macrocarpa were: 1) More stable than pine 2) cost... i had thought it would be slightly more expensive than pine, but direct from the saw mill it was actually cheaper! 6 of 10 boxes currently made, for 2 x hives...
  3. Unfortunately wasp central in the Waitakeres this time of year... I have bait traps out which are catching hundreds but still wasps buzzing round the hives.
  4. Hi I have a lot of wasps around at the moment, but need to carry out hive inspections. Is there any advice on how to do this, without getting too many wasps trying to/getting into the hives. Or, is it just... dot it quickly! Thanks Carlton
  5. I reduced my entrance to 19x10... this definitely reduced the number of robbing bees. Wasps are still an issue though, they definitely aren't giving up.
  6. ,,,Also meant to add, I have the hive entrances reduced to 19x0 and this seems to have made the robbing bees lose interest.
  7. I have heaps of wasps at the moment, in the Waitakeres, and have a bait trap out with fermenting honey, yeast and water. There is a post re this if you search for wasp traps. In the first 2 days it trapped about a 6-8cm depth of wasps in a 1.5 litre soda bottle, with top cut off and inverted back into the bottle. Unfortunately the odd bee as well, but tons and tons of wasps. I also have a 3:1 water to dish washing liquid mix in a small hand held pressurised spray, which i spray the wasps in the grass infront of the hive with and any airborne ones that are clear of the bees... They hate it, it
  8. They seem to rapidly be turning it from a brood box to a honey box. 90% capped honey in there now. Small amount of nectar in there, but lots in the super. Being a beginner I'm not that confident with it so packed and damaged a lot of cappings getting the first frame out, so decided to reduce it to 9 frames, and have done that with the super as well.
  9. Hi all I have a 2 FD brood box and 1 3/4 honey super hive. The super is going great, but the top brood box which 3 weeks ago was 75% brood is now 90% honey. I've taken a fully capped frame out to make some room as some of the capping got ripped off on the first frame I removed. My question. I've been told you can freeze frames. Should I put it in a plastic bag first? Or maybe wrap in glad wrap? Thanks C
  10. Hi All These photos were taken about 7:30 this morning. It is a damp drizzly day and about 20 degrees, and was probably about 17 degrees overnight. The bottom 2 boxes are 90% drawn with brood and stores. The top honey supers are pretty much undrawn. I have moved a stores frame from the bottom box of each hive into the top to try and get them interested up there. When i inspect the hives they are full of bees. My thoughts, are either cooling themselves down or running out of room. If the latter should I remove the queen excluder? If the former, just let them enjoy some cooli
  11. ...and they're getting taller.
  12. Thanks... I was hoping that would be the advice. They seem happy enough so don't want to unnecessarily disturb them.
  13. Hi to cut a long story short, or medium length: Collected 2 nucs 4 weeks ago Left nucs on stand for one week Transferred to brood boxes, when i was doing this i noticed two large queen/supercedure! cells in one of the hives. I scraped these out, and when doing this found out at least one had pupae in it. I also saw the queen in this hive. Did some research after this, and all advice seemed to be if queen cells are capped then to leave them alone. Carried out an inspection 1 week later and found another large queen cell that appeared to have hatched. Also at this inspection i added
  14. I'm out in the Waitakeres west of Auckland. They told us on our course that everything happens about a month later out here due to the colder wet winters.
  15. Thanks... have made the mistake of full depth brood and 3/4 boxes for honey. Guess it will be just the brood box today. C
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