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  1. Baptise the forklft eh .... pictures please
  2. Big sigh.... we took the sti g out if the hives.... removed four frames of brood and a box of bees, leaving the queen and four frsmes of brood and drift bees to build up again before they contemplated raising swarm cells. The conundrum being that as migratory bee keepers we need everything two high when they go onto the truck. We could have put a third box on... but it just makes yer arm sockets stretch when loading the truck.... and of course.... a four frame single at this stage of the game will still make us 80kg of honey by christmas
  3. Popping cells in them ..... splits.
  4. New snow and a frosty morning. The soothing hum of the bee as cells go out. Bee fever is a strange thing....
  5. Busy day on the bees yesterday with cells going out on a grey and dull day with a cold wind .... but perfect for pulling off splits in the early afternoon ..... destined to grow over the summer and provide a couple of hundred replacements for next year to cover dead and duds. You gotta love those stroppy carniolans ..... coming out to greet you on a chilly day before you've even made the introductions with a puff of smoke in the front door.
  6. Dunno ..... we burn about 2000lt a month ..... truck rolls up in the middle of the night ..... rolling rolling rolling. Bill comes a few days later ...... you gotta keep them wagons rolling.
  7. Love is..... getting a jump at lunchtime
  8. Uh Huh ... we don't run bees on the plains anymore unless it is paid pollination. When I started with Airborne Honey back in the late 90's Cut Comb was the target and we put out thousands of boxes on two queeners . In our final year we put out 200 boxes and most never got finished. The decline in honey production mirrored the rise of dairy farms and irrigation. Back in the day all the bees were wintered n the plains with a couple of hundred moved to the Dew for feed honey for Nucs and stuff. All the bees now live on the Dew for ten months of the year, and get moved to t
  9. OK ..... from what I am noticing ..... it seems like if you are in the bees quite often, you pick up the anomalies and ill health issues early . So, perhaps spring use of O/A works because we are keen and always cracking the lids. Come late summer we have tired backs and are busy extracting and it's every bee for itself. We become focused on honey in the drum, and hive health tends to take a back seat ..... which is why we'll go Apivar as we take honey off this year.
  10. sorry @yesbut .... I just had to use that new 'off topic' ..... but you are right .... sheep are the rising star. Only problem is we turned the sheepshed into a bee shed years ago.
  11. What's the plan for when the ice gets a bit thin for skating .....
  12. Seeing as we are talking about skating cheap .....business is all about cashflow.... spending fifty cents to make a dollar. We toyed with the idea of using Bayvarol this spring, but with limited confidence in being able to sell what we produce this year settled for the cheaper option of second hand staples , saving quite a few thousand k. Same as leaving the Dew honey on last autumn ..... saved buying a humungous amount of sugar, and leaving the bees in the Dew this spring .....saved a lot of truck time moving them down to the willows to get blasted in the Nor'West. I probabl
  13. @Stoney..... I guess I am a cheap skate ..... we pulled the staples from the bees 18 months ago when we lost so many and they have been sat in the shed since then ..... dry and almost like new. I just mixed up a new brew and re soaked them. Not very scientific ..... except that I like recycling ifs I can. We started off putting four staples in on the first round in early September, but noticed lotsa dead bees at the front doors the day after and the weak hives had died .... so halved the number .... resulting in no dead bees at the front door. Science in action .....?
  14. I haven't mastered how to edit ..... so pic first from phone ..... This round we are making up duds. Went around at the beginning of the week and slid queen excluders in between two strong brood boxes, then cam back after three or four days and split ...... very simple ..... box with eggs gets moved to dead out. No eggs box stays on bottom board to catch drift. Generally the no egg box will have two or three frames and the egg box four. We then insert a protected cell ..... wrapped in masking tape. The cells were due to hatch Friday, but I still like to wrap as extra protection
  15. You need a fuel card probably.... waitomo, npd,mckeowns.
  16. Hmm .... more on that later . This year is all about cost saving ...... I got the latest fuel bill yesterday ..... price per litre on the card at the isolated Parnassus full bowser ...... 0.81c/litre. "Rolling rolling rolling ...... keep them wagons rolling ..... "
  17. U not using staples this spring ?
  18. Interesting day .... Darren from MyApiary came out to visit. I have seen My Apiary around a bit and always thought ...'Oh yeah ...probably should, but you know, life can go on without.' Darren showed up at half eight. It was cold. Very cold . When I asked him how he was going he said he needed a coffee. Sweet, a man after my own tastes. Only problem was the water was frozen. I like My Apiary. The thing I like most is the track and trace for when honey comes off ..... goes in the shed , might wait a week or so before extracting before ending up in
  19. Anyway.... busy day on the bees. Cells due friday.... so today we zipped around snd whacked queeen excluders between two brood boxes so that friday we can breeze through and split and make up the winter losses. It’s a cheap and cheerfull operation we run this year... at a projected $4/kg return.... every expense will be spared.
  20. Real bloke ..... don't yah just love those farm boys on the tv news in a white out ..... and shorts.
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