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Beefriendly last won the day on March 3

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About Beefriendly

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    Hobby Beekeeper


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    Rukuhia, Waikato

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  1. We received a phone call from Assure quality to advise we had been randomly selected for exotic disease testing...and they would set traps on the hives. Did we still have 3 hives and would Monday 16th be ok? Wednesday would have suited me better as I would have liked to be on site. I arrived home to a notice on one of the hives...initial panic ( I always think worse case scenario). On checking it was information that strips and sticky boards had been placed in the hives and would be removed in 24 hrs. Contact names, an email address and phone numbers. Himself, had arrived home as they were working the 2nd hive. Curious, I asked what the beeks had said. The only comment they made was in regard to one of the hives. “ There are supersedure cells in the bottom box on the 3rd frame, you’ll need to get onto that/deal with it” This had been noted in my Bee diary on the 5th April and I had seen fresh eggs, larva and capped brood. I hadn’t looked very hard to find the new queen, as I considered the hive knew what it was up to. I had left the cells intact and reduced the entrance down. Puzzled by the comment I checked with @M4tt for reassurance . Is there anything I should be doing? Do you tear down the empty hatched queen cells? I took a photo the notice and have since searched for more information. Assure quality has very little information about exotic disease testing on their web site. There was more to be gleaned from old forum threads found on this site. I welcome having our hives thoroughly checked and ideally would have liked to have been home. If I hadn’t taken a photo with the contact information I would have no record of the visit. The ‘traps’ were removed in 24 hrs and no further information left. The hives were left very tidy and looked as though they had been undisturbed. I presume no news is good news?
  2. Welcome @MissOlivia take @M4tt advice, stick around the forum and learn from some great bee keepers
  3. Update on the lavender patch We’ve been mulching and weeding. The plants are surviving the dry conditions.
  4. It’s been a while since I posted.. However like our bees I have just been getting on with it. So, this is what keeping bees is about, for a hobbyist. I hesitate to call myself a Beekeeper, even though we are now into our 4th season. This has been our best season to date. The hives x3 all have a super of honey stores, AFB checked, and the staples are in for varroa treatment. They are strong hives with lots of bee activity and well natured bees to work. No robbing being observed here. Wasp free zone,too. We have harvested a FD and 3/4 super, enough honey, to keep our honey mouse (daughter) supplied with stores until next season. Tutin test ✅ The journey and the learning continues
  5. The learning curve for this season... some noted back ground Posted November 12 An update on this hive...now renamed ‘the hive to go’ ( or not) seems they have different ideas... 7/11 quick check x10 queen cells. Left 2 that seemed of similar age, maybe a virgin queen? 10/11 couldn’t not peep qCells still in tact.Destroyed one...no eggs, still capped brood, bee numbers and activity is good... 16/11 hatched qCell frame of eggs introduced 25/11 the frame of eggs beautifully capped no queen cells 2/12 Eggs, Young larvae 10/12 Queen sighted, eggs, capped brood hive transferred to new hardware Hive now good to go!! Collected 18/12! The transfer went without a hitch no stray bees noted on their old site this am... The report today from the new beeks lots of bee activity noted So their journey begins....
  6. @Timw it can happen in Lang’s too here’s a exert from @M4tt thread is titled ‘what a mess’ Here is their handy work. First pic is of new grubs and removed wax on a fully predrawn frame And below is the mess   And finally, a supercedure cell with a grub in it Queen has been excused from leadership, and the supercedure cell left alone, and they have been merged. Hopefully this will sort them out
  7. The girls are busy working the alstroemeria this year
  8. Hive was rechecked last Monday. Himself suited up, as a 2nd pair of eyes to search for the new Royal 3rd frame in and there she was. A well mated caramel brown young queen. Frames of eggs and capped brood. Her majesty was again sited on transfer of the frames to the suppled new hardware. The hive is now ready to go!
  9. Interesting ? That’s the beek timetable. My lesson learnt this season is... there’s a bee timetable
  10. The bees collect more than you are planning. If they run out of room, what then?
  11. DGC? As in Dairy Goat Cooperative, for those of us who don’t know but can google?
  12. It’s only an investment if you can afford to do so.
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