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About Sowannabee

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  1. Thank you Trevor, Ive been to a meeting just recently with the beekeepers club here (New at Bee keeping) Didn't really know and thought I could do that to the extractor guy, i will source now/who to pay for membership.
  2. Hi, do any bee keepers in the Taranaki area know the phone number for the Bee keeping clubs honey extractor hire. I cant seem to find a number anywhere and need to get my honey super off asap. Thank you
  3. Mine were all over the neighbours Chinese lanterns and hollyhocks today.
  4. I wonder how long it would take for to know if shes laying in the new frames i put in on Sunday, because they were wets they would have been cleaned by the bees by now no doubt. Time is a ticking. How I wish I had a 2nd hive!
  5. Thank you John, that has been helpful. I can only hope she is ok. My new queen was sighted a few days ago but since then I had to put some frames of freshly drawn out comb in there for her. I have heard bees act differently at a queen-less entrance and because I am waiting in anticipation to see if everything is ok Ive been observing and noticed there are a few more walking around and some with their wings out, don't know if the holding the wings out theory is one to go on tho.
  6. I have just been in to add more built foundation to my very busy hive. This went into the middle of the bottom brood box as it is apparent they had requeened due to the previous queen dieing and in that time left absolutely no where for the new queen to lay. My fear is, as I have no brood just yet, that I possibly might have damaged the new queen in the whole process of sorting the hive . It's been pretty full on with inspections in the past week to access then attempt to fix the problem.. She was trying to lay into frames of pollen. Is there any effective way to tell if a hive is queenless early without disturbing the hive? Thank you
  7. Thank you for the replies and advice. I wish I had gone 3/4 now. It wasn't cheap either setting up with the 2 boxes I have. What i will do is buy 3/4 from now on, see how that goes as BeeGirl suggested. I only have one hive. I know its mixing but Ill aim to convert to 3/4 in the future, especially if it is a pain, I'm no spring chicken!.
  8. Hi, I am new to Beekeeping. I have read so many things and it seems there are many different opinions on one or 2 brood boxes, however being new I am just taking my time and not fussed if I don't get honey this year, even thought the bees are going nuts on the pohutukawa and clover. My nuc was full sized frames, leaving me with the only option of working with FD Supers. I have added my 2nd box as the first was 8 frames of food and pollen (both side/end frames were building good foundation) and moved 2 frames of brood up. So now i will have 2 large brood boxes before I get the chance, in time, of adding a queen excluder then adding honey supers. My question is should this work well with large size x 2 as brood boxes, or will it be excess? I guess i will work with the same full sized for the honey supers, as Ive been advised that is what you do rather than mix sizes and have smaller boxes. Does anyone work with 2 sizes any more? Thank you. And sorry for my long winded explanations ?
  9. My big concern now that I am the owner of a hive is the common practice of roadside spraying (compliments of the council). They wont sway with what they are spraying with either. Rurally I know they spray blackberry, among other things Round up is banned in other many other countries I was wondering what do other bee keepers do? Do I assume the bees will be preoccupied with other things? There is a lot pasture here in my area and my neighbours are into permaculture and no spray. My new little hive of bees are feasting on all their trees (Aurea pohutukawa and my clover right at the moment).
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