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Markypoo last won the day on November 24 2018

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  1. With my admittedly limited experience, I had a hive that I know I squashed the queen. An untimely sting on the inner thigh when a bee crawls in a tear in your overalls while replacing a frame doesn't encourage gentle placement. The replacement cells were on the bottom of the frames. But only because the centre was a mass of capped brood and I presume the most suitable larvae were around the edges of that. Typically, being a newbie I tend to get a wee flutter of panic when I see them
  2. I guess I am worried that in spring I may not be able to tell the difference between supercedure or swarming.
  3. So as a newbie, I have now got over the reluctance to squish a queen and replace her. How often should I replace queens? Pop a new one in each spring, or make new queens in feb/march, after the main flow has finished so the hive has a new queen going into autumn. Or buy one then when they are easier to get hold of, which is again late summer? Requeening in autumn/late summer seems to be the easiest option to me and should still give a relatively young queen to get going in spring. I banked a couple of queens in nucs over winter, which was useful when a mate needed one. I got myself in trouble with one hive, as I left the queen in far too long. She was my best producing hive by far. I got 2 winters out of her and they decided to supercede in August, before there many drones around, or even warm enough temperatures. A month before I had planned to split the hive. Though luckily I had a spare sitting a nuc which went in okay, but I am kicking myself for not making new queens out her when I had the chance.
  4. Okay. Further inspection showed a new laying queen. What I think happened is the old queen failed and started laying lots of drones. The hive superceded her quick smart, but she was still laying for while longer yet. Well, sounds logical to me.
  5. Yes but the big difference is that the native bush there evolved strategies to deal with animal herbivores. NZ plants evolved with moas as the large herbivore and are relatively defenceless compared to australian plants.
  6. Bit busy to get back in and a nasty cold wind anyway so will leave it till this weekend and see whats happening. Hopefully I will find a nice fat queen laying up a storm now, or they are trying to make queens out of the eggs and milky larvae i put in. Strengthening the other hives can only be a good thing I suppose. I have a strong 6 frame nuc with a capped queen cell sitting in it, so I can start again with that in a week or two if I need to. Would reducing the entrances to the other hives for the day help them sort out undesirables?
  7. Cheers. I might just have another look tomorrow and go through with a fine tooth comb and see what I see. Just to make sure I have got my diagnosis correct.
  8. how far away is necessary? 5m, 10m or 50m? It is possible that it is also a laying worker but I am pretty sure the eggs are good. Just another new experience with bees, just when I was thinking I was getting a good grip on things!
  9. Okay, to give the background. Approx. 8 weeks ago I discovered one of my hives had no queen and a pile of supercedure cells. I thought "sweet,leave them to do their thing" I noticed 3 weeks later upon inspection that I couldn't find the queen. There was a small section of eggs and very young brood. Only 1 egg per cell. Looked normal so I thought I had a queen, not laying workers. I went back in today. It is full of drones and it is entirely drone brood. Not scattered but big, swathes of it, so I think it is a poorly mated queen. I certainly can't find her and It wasn't the warmest for mating flights. Either way something has gone wrong. Looking at my options, I am quite happy to shake out the hive, let the workers find the other 3 hives in the apiary and strengthen them. It seems to be the easiest option.. I have placed in a frame of open brood (eggs, some just hatched by the looks of). So will take a look next weekend, if no queen cells I might do the shake out. Any thoughts on my plan?
  10. Excellent. I caught a swarm Oct 16 last year and put it onto undrawn foundation. there is always a niggling thought that they could be an AFB risk.
  11. Just wondering because I have seen swarms that have been caught and requeened for sale on Trademe.
  12. Do you guys ever have any problems with AFB from swarms?
  13. Original post was just me asking a question, just a general query after I had a thought (which my wife tells me can be dangerous). I wasn't thinking about any particular hive. Coincidentally, I then checked a hive today that should have a new queen and didn't see one, or eggs. I was expecting to and the follow up post was about that hive. I am not bothered. trying to avoid doing the newbie thing and panicing. Like I said, I put in a frame of brood, eggs and grub and if they need a new queen then they will make one. And I have a spare in a nuc. So I will look again in a weeks time. If there are new eggs, or queen cells drawn then I will have a better idea of what is going on. It is early enough in the season that I am sure it will be a productive hive eventually.
  14. Yeah, I have a hive that in theory should have had a queen emerge a couple of weeks ago, yet I can't find any eggs. I put a frame of capped brood, grubs and eggs in today and will see if they draw anything out. I have been told it may be too soon to see eggs. I put a frame of eggs in last week and they haven't drawn any queen cells so I am assuming there may be a queen in there somewhere. I was just considering options. I have a spare queen sitting in a nuc but don't want to risk her being killed.
  15. I think I will take the answer as "Probably not a good idea!"
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