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    Pollen bath

  2. They’ve smarten up nicely @dansar. Good workmanship ?
  3. The make over look. Fresh coat of paint, does wonders
  4. New season new beginnings We missed the bees. 2 Nucs arrived by courier post 7/10, unpackaged, left to settle on their new site and then transferred to their make over boxes later that afternoon. Both marked queens sited. Good bee activity noted. You know that the bees have been miised when....Significant other text me at work “I can hear bees in the tree above the new chickens coop”
  5. @M4tt Am I correct in thinking you destroy these cells... rather than taking another split off them?
  6. @Wildflower there is a very good oxalic acid and glycerine thread, on the forum. It provides plenty of information @cBankhas done a very good summary document
  7. As is so often said... nothing is constant and there is always more to learn with bees. Year 5 of beekeeping starts in November It’s been an interesting winter. I was concerned about the reduced bee activity, the nuisance of wasps and then noted robbing from 1 of the 3 hives. This hive was to be moved to a more favourable location for the sun aspect. The bees made it easy for me, as I merged this weakened FD hive mid July with the other stronger FD, using the QE/ newspaper method. Time to start the spring checks... My favourite 3/4 hive has had plent
  8. https://i.stuff.co.nz/motoring/113716572/the-cleanest-and-dirtiest-car-brands-in-new-zealand Maybe this?
  9. Please don’t we’d miss your input..
  10. Hmm ? @yesbut seems @Trevor Gillbanks Bet you to it an hour ago ?
  11. 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
  12. Welcome @MissOlivia take @M4tt advice, stick around the forum and learn from some great bee keepers
  13. Update on the lavender patch We’ve been mulching and weeding. The plants are surviving the dry conditions.
  14. 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 kee
  15. 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
  16. @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
  17. The girls are busy working the alstroemeria this year
  18. 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!
  19. Interesting ? That’s the beek timetable. My lesson learnt this season is... there’s a bee timetable
  20. The bees collect more than you are planning. If they run out of room, what then?
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