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  1. Im told it will get better? Lucky coast bees fly in the rain at 10degC huh.
  2. I've been cutting out swarm cells for the past 3 weeks, double brood boxes full of bees. Going through them every 10 days or so to check. Year old queens and i dont want more hives. Sure is a challenge at this time of year. Had to feed one yesterday that was good 10 days ago? Lucky im on acc and can get into them when the sun breaks through. Which lately is about every 10 days.
  3. Quintinia didnt have a big flowering around home last year as in the last five or so years. I suspect a big show this year to make up for it. Good to draw out new foundation early on though.
  4. If bees didnt mate below 20 deg we would have to wait until January to see any action in Hoki. In a good year.
  5. We get good mating around 14deg witch is about what we'll be getting for the next few days. Couple of my hives had good numbers of drones two weeks ago and one with a freshly made empty swarm cell. Id say they'd be all good to go if if i let them.Am looking through them today for more swarm cells,moving strips onto fresh brood. Cant wait to have a look in them.
  6. They dont make young fellah's like they used to. Ya gota tough it out. Gets easier with time.... Talking bout toughin it out, i did four hives today on crutches. Hives a pumpin. Brood in top an bottom boxes with mature lookin drones(some)and a swarm cell in one hive. Nectar and pollen coming in. Gonin ta have hop around em more often i feel.
  7. Got to have a look through a few hives on Saturday.. all got lots of bees. Queens in top box with 4-6 frames brood,some drone brood to,put apitraz strips in.Bottom box mostly empty so swapped around and put new box on top with 5 honey and 5 empty comb. Will check in 3 weeks and move strips to new brood and check feed supplies an look for swarm cells. Hope to do rest of hives Wednesday in the sun
  8. Im thinking the same here inland from Hoki. Fuchsia flowering,coming into leaf and bits of Clematis flowering and cabbage trees budding up.. If its a dry summer,might be a Rata season??
  9. Just by the few comments ive heard people that know nothing about bees or honey say, youd think it should.
  10. Saw wots left of tha lake out of am Ambo window on way to chch hosp on saturday. Broke me leg. Lowest ive seen it. Looked in hives week before and all lookin great, heaps of feed still with fresh nectar/pollen comin in. Have ten hives,couple will need thinning down abit, full of bees and about five frames brood. Once can get round on crutches will do and put Apitraz in.
  11. Or ya could just do it an let us know how it goes. Just make sure ya springs are all good first.
  12. I'd say by the end of the day you'd have forgotten what month it was and be putting strips in. In December.
  13. Not to many people want it on the back seat with the kids.
  14. Bummer. Stopped it eating ya grass but. A couple of em can sure eat the guts out of a paddock ova a week. Robbing deer are as bad as robbing bees.
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