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Everything posted by Markypoo

  1. Since all the commercial hives I have seen seem to rely on a rock on the lid to hold the lot together, do I need to bother with Emlock straps or anything for my hives? I have yet to see a commercial hive with straps on the,
  2. Thanks for that. I put in a frame of brood from my nice carni hive at school, that hasn't swarmed, or even looked like it, and has put down a lot of honey so far. I am off on school camp tomorrow (taking kids horse trekking and fishing at wanaka) so will see what is there when I come back. There was a heap of eggs and young larvae so I notched a heap of cells. If there are queen cells can I assume no virgin?
  3. I was sure it was queenless because I split the hive and put half the frames in my topbar, along with most of the nurses. I definitely did not see the queen as I hunted quite thoroughly for her. The fact that they had made a queen cell means they probably were queenless. It is annoying but I have had a pretty good run of luck introducing queens so maybe now and then they don't play ball. I should know from being a teacher that animals aren't predictable.
  4. Well things didn't work out liked I hoped. The queen arrived on thursday. 11 days after I had made the split. There was one capped queen cell, which I removed. I opened the hive today to check on the bees and found the queen cage empty. But I got a queenless roar from the hive. So I had a look around the entrance, and sure enough, found the queen, dead outside. I went back through the hive. I couldn't see any queen cells I might of missed, or empty ones a virgin may have hatched from. There was no eggs or larvae present, so probably no laying workers. I am certain there is no virgin there
  5. I just have a couple of nucs recently transferred to full boxes. I had a look yesterday and they still have half a frame of stores, so was going to leave them. Weather looks to be clearing up and it is warm and calm. Buttercup is full bloom so they should find some tucker.
  6. I see from the forum that the commercial guys are feeding their hives at the moment with the rough weather. My school hives have quite a lot of honey stored so I presume they should be okay. Is it only hives without honey in honey supers you have to worry about? Or do I need to give everything a topup?
  7. I don't. Thats why I asked. I thought maybe because heat will rise and carry them up would be my theory.
  8. Sweet. I wondered if the queen needs to be in the bottom so her pheromones rise up or somesuch thing.
  9. Due to reasons, I won't be able to add a queen to a hive that was made queenless approx 9 days ago. I was expecting to add it after 3 days but stuff happened. I presume they will have started on queen cells. Should I hunt them out and remove them when I introduce the queen? What are the potential risks? Virgin killing the queen or swarming?
  10. I am considering joining two FD brood boxes together using the newspaper method. The queen will be in the top box. Does this matter? I can't simply rearrange boxes as the box that will be on the bottom is one I modified to accept an oxalic acid vaporiser and has a 17mm strip around the base, with an entrance gap. Thank you
  11. I think I missed a key step when I made mine. I soaked them in OA and glycerine, then left them in the container. I ran them thru my fingers to squeeze out excess moisture just before inserting to the hive. I did not dry them out. Is this a necessary step? Doesn't seem to have caused any problems so far.
  12. Now that the seniors have left for exams, it is junior project time. One young lad has been making me nuc boxes. Untreated, rough sawn boxing timber as raw materials.
  13. I had a 9. I didn't like having a cloud of bees hitting my veil while I walked back to the house. I sent the Queen to heaven.
  14. hey @David Yanke how do you run your carni hives? I was going to do double fd brood boxes, but now thinking I might try one with a single fd box. Specifically this hive I have posted about. Since it has a brand new queen and is currently a single FD box anyway.
  15. Yeah. In nucs. They are at home. Should be mated and laying soon. My plans changed after an AFB alert. I am keeping home apiary and school apiary isolated from each other as I have a commercial near me who has had a few hiccups with AFB. Didn't get any alerts from apiweb, only saw it when I logged in. The when walking the dogs found one of their sites completely empty. If I can keep the two apiaries physically isolated, with no movement of bees, hiveware or tools between the two I should minimise risks.
  16. I didn't realise it was superceding until too late. I thought they were swarm cells, as I had seen the old queen running around laying a week ago. I assumed she was just a bit later getting going than the other carnie queen. She was still miles ahead of my italians. Because I only had 2 hives, I thought I may as well split to increase hive numbers if I wanted, and at very least, make me a queen. I split the boxes and then hunted for the old queen. Didn't find the old one, but found a new (ish) virgin instead.
  17. I have probably read it and it didn't sink in. Will have another look.
  18. I was asking more in general terms as I have carnis and italians. Just wanting to know when to add honey supers, can I just chuck a couple on, or do I wait till it is nearly all capped or what. I thought some the commercial guys will have a good rule of thumb for what they do.
  19. When do I add supers? When the previous one is fully drawn? 50% capped honey? Are there any general guidelines I should follow. The local gardens are in full bloom and the flow is on. Checking regularly is not a problem as they are at work.
  20. After writing the initial post, as I was sitting supervising an exam, I decided to go out and put a 3/4 box of frames above it. No excluder. I don't care if they lay in it. If it gets moved up, any empty brood cells will eventually be filled with honey. Pretty sure only one queen. I think she is all good. She was busy laying when I found her, and didn;t let my interruptions stop her. We have a pretty serious flow on at the moment. My 2FD strong carni hive has almost 2/3 drawn out their honey super and it is full of nectar. I have a question about that but since this is the beginners secti
  21. Yes well spotted. I think the key part of the statement is the virgin is now laying. Therefore she is not a virgin anymore. But I identified her as such to ensure it was clear it was the same bee. Luckily I am not an English teacher.
  22. A bit of a long winded introduction to set the scene. One of the carnie hives at school was way slower than the other. Noticeably less bees and less brood. I guess the bees lost patience with her as I found a couple of supercedure cells in the middle of some brood frames in the top box. I had a look through the bottom box and found a little virgin queen running around. I split the hive leaving the virgin in one and the cells in another. The cells have hatched and I saw a little black virgin bee running around today but she hasn't started laying. She hatched last monday or tuesda
  23. Definite advantage to having an urban hive. Plenty of backyards to plunder.
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