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Phil46 last won the day on October 10

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  1. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    So on that note,can I assume any frames like u mention above ,you would scrape these or remove and replace with nice fully drawn comb frames?
  2. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    @Daley frankensplits...tau ke to korero!! Lol
  3. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    Weather for the last week has been primo...so my second lot of nucs needed inspection.3 out of 3,open mated queens all laying eggs now and signs of new comb being drawn. Getting a tad frustrated as FD hives are coming along real well but iv run out of gear as I'm converting to all 3/4. Funny story....to me as a beginner anyway,opened first nuc to check for mating etc,Queenie was on the frame so I tried picking her up...she buzzed outs my hand into the long grass.Being careful I found her and as I picked her up again,she buzzed off to the neighbouring hive ...or so I thought.So I ripped into this hive trying to find her...no luck.Brassed off I reassembled this hive and then went back to her nuc,picked out a frame and whaallaa!! There she was....happy camper I put them back together and thought...no more fluffing around trying to get pics!! Anyway,possibly 8 single box FD hives for sale in near future! Anyway,after that cafuffle...some of the best fish n chips in the BOP was had down the local fishing hole.
  4. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    Not a bad example of a brood frame either!!
  5. Tractors

    Lifting capacity is generally based on the machine/mast assy as a whole not just the forks.There should be a load plate stating capacities. You cannot put a larger fork on and hope to lift more without going outside load centre capacity....then your on your own if anything happens safety wise. @Maru Hoani that lifting capacity info should be in cluded on a load plate somewhere on the machine ie mast and it should also state the load centre at which that applies.
  6. Hive tasks

    Ka pai! Good to hear...so a plastic bag is carried around now while doing hive visits collecting all the wax ,propolis mats on order.
  7. Tractors

    @Maru Hoani that's gota be a big advantage ay bro,having a work area able to be serviced on the tractor!!
  8. How to control swarming? Stages of swarming

    Sounds like plenty to keep u busy then bro....and here I was bumming cos I had one hive today that has swarmed within the last week.
  9. Hive tasks

    @yesbut sweet!
  10. Hive tasks

    OK,so I get to hives and find wax on mats ,top of frames and drone brood between boxes.Propolis on frame ends and around box edges etc. Is cleaning and scraping all this while in the hive part of ur normal tasks while at the hive? Do you carry containers around to collect all this as you go? Also when do you call a queen a drone layer? How much drone brood are we talking about,per hive or per frame?
  11. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    All good at this stage...tamariki keen to accompany at times and hive numbers manageable,plus no money to upgrade .
  12. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    Weather playing the game this morn,so packed a few boxes and headed out to an apiary up the rd. On inspection of first hive,lots of queen cups but no.cells found.I made room for Queenie by adding an xtra box with a mix of drawn comb and foundation frames.I continued that procedure on all hives on the assumption I'll keep ahead of them swarming. I went through all hives and evened out as best as possible taking from the rich and giving to the poor. I added a honey super to each hive..rewarewa flow should be just round the corner. Any critiquing welcome.
  13. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    @Beefriendly to be technically correct,a walkaway split is where you split a hive ,say a 2 box hive for example...take top box off and put it on its own base with lid and mat,take to another location and let the bees sort it out themselves. My nuc splits are similar but I do select the frames I put into it,honey pollen eggs and capped brood.The bees should make an emergency queen cell or two. More of a poor mans split( no buying of a cell or mated queen) Downside is the timeframe to get a laying queen.Hope that helps explain it a bit better.
  14. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    @Philbee ah,nucs were walkaway splits/emergency cells, so I'm guessing No3 should be around 2 weeks old. I haven't got round to purchasing one of ChrisM s cell carriers yet and still sussing the ins and outs of creating my own cells,so walkaways it is. @kaihoka I'll give it another week...if the damage hasn't been done by then,nuc will get another frame of brood.
  15. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    Bit of a break in this weather this arvo so I checked on my first 3 nucs I made for the season...four weeks ago.2 Goldie brown mated and 1 dark virgin still roaming about...hopefully get a few fine days soon for No 3 to get out and do her business!!