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  1. Yes. They lost a queen earlier so a new virgin queen started 3 weeks ago. Only 2 to 3 frames of brood. Put 10 frames on 4 weeks ago but will do another 10 as much of that is nectar and honey. About 20 plus kgs in weight.
  2. @CHCHPaul thanks. Will do that. Cant believe how quickly they filled the previous 10. If you need muscle .. let me know. Happy to help and gain experience
  3. Thanks for that. They were a new hive in mid autumn so blocked the hole to be a small one as we had a lot of robbing attempts. Its now open to about 1/3 the bottom but will open it up fully. They look strong enough again.
  4. Thought I would do an update. I opened the hive yesterday - 3 weeks after the new queen went in. It has two boxes - the second (top) one was put on about 4 weeks ago. Top box: Many of the frames have capped honey. Most of the frames have nectar. Feels to be about 20 plus kilos. No brood in the frames. Bottom box - outside three or four frames have nectar but not much capped honey. No brood. Fourth and fifth frames in found capped brood with some capped honey around them. Also uncapped larvae. I am going to assume the new queen has mated and is laying. There are only about 3 frames with brood so she is only just getting going by the look of it. Again @CHCHPaul thanks for your help - you have probably saved the hive and certainly saved me from a few worries. Thought you might like to know the queen is working. With such a heavy and full top box - I was thinking about putting on another box - however I put in Baverill three weeks ago at the same time as as the inspection. It ideally should be in for 6-8 weeks. If I put in a third box I wont be able to use the honey - but I am a little concerned about space again - and having had one swarm dont want to have a second. Is it worth putting a third box on now , only using four frames then removing them and putting a full 10 in (with queen excluder) in 3 or four weeks so I end up with a honey super and then use the four frames to help feed over winter? I just dont want them swarming again.
  5. I had a weird thing tonight. 11pm. The hive has a beard thats quietly humming. 20degrees. Not much wind. I assume they are cooling the hive.
  6. The most common wood is generally rimu. Medium dense wood...silvers with weathering. Light brown colour. Its not poisonous but if working it the dust is irritating to the lungs and considered a carcinogen. Wear a mask but dont panic...just dont breath in too much of it.
  7. Thanks. I've looked at one club but its first Sat of the month - completely coinciding with a previous commitment and also my sons gradings. I checked he clubs on this site - but none in chch. Kaiapoi and Rangiora yes but Chch no. Will keep looking. A big thanks to @CHCHPaul He did the inspection for me and took time to talk me through a few pointers. So - I had no queen. The eggs seen Monday were from previous but none there now. None seen on visible inspection. Had swarm cells. Paul identified a couple of good ones (one uncapped and one capped so if the capped one hatched it would not compete with the uncapped one) - and then as we were removing one it hatched and a healthy queen stepped out. So: All swarm cells removed. New queen left to the hive. Will check in 2.5 weeks or so for new eggs and then for capped brood a bit later. Paul's theory about the swarms that went out and in is it might be a queen with damaged wings - who couldn't fly to swarm. Again my thanks. I learnt tons - and having been in the middle of a newly pulled apart hive with bees shaken off frames etc am more comfortable with what I am doing.
  8. Thanks - that would be awesome. I can generally do Tuesdays after 3.30, thursday afternoon or any time friday. If you could give me a time frame - I'll know whether to crack the girls open for the second look for the queen or hold off. Really appreciated. Again - I expect to get charged for this If you need heavy lifiting help or labour some time let me know - Im looking for experience.
  9. @Daley thanks for the advice. I was holding off to not disturb them too much but will take your advice and use the good weather. Its a solid base. I will open the entrance. I closed it when they first started 4 or 5 months ago ... they were getting robbed or visitors. I generally try to work them without gear ... it keeps me calm and careful ... but i think this trip might be the exception. Ill take photos and report back. Again thanks. @Daley thanks for the advice. I was holding off to not disturb them too much but will take your advice and use the good weather. Its a solid base. I will open the entrance. I closed it when they first started 4 or 5 months ago ... they were getting robbed or visitors. I generally try to work them without gear ... it keeps me calm and careful ... but i think this trip might be the exception. Ill take photos and report back. Again thanks. I opened the hive today. On thursday last week i had added a second box with 6 frames. 5 of those are being drawn out. All had lots of bees on the frames. Base box heaving with bees on all frames. Butt loads of honey. Found uncapoed brood on fourth frame in. Looka like eggs and larvae. See photo. Found swarm cells. Capped. I didnt see a queen. It was evening, windy, been raining and there were tons of bees .. all fairly grumpy from the moment i open the hive. Glad was wearing my bee suit. Im crap at queen finding so will try when i have more time and a better day. I think i have two options. 1. Find queen, drop her in a new hive, transfer some brood and honey frames and walk some worker bees through the front door. A fake swarm. 2. Find queen. Kill all swarm cells and hope that settles her. Any third options? Ive added more frames so now 10 in the second box. I'll do a better check for veroa in a few days and check if there are any eggs or uncapped brood still. That should confirm if i have a queen or if the eggs were from a queen exiting yesterday. Maybe i should proactively baverol them before putting a third box on for honey in 6 weeks time. Photo attached and more photos on front page of hollis.org.nz from todays inspection. Any advice welcome. Does anyone collect or use swarm cells? Put photos from the inspection here: https://hollis.org.nz/checking-for-swarm-cells/ I opened the hive today. On thursday last week i had added a second box with 6 frames. 5 of those are being drawn out. All had lots of bees on the frames. Base box heaving with bees on all frames. Butt loads of honey. Found uncapoed brood on fourth frame in. Looka like eggs and larvae. See photo. Found swarm cells. Capped. I didnt see a queen. It was evening, windy, been raining and there were tons of bees .. all fairly grumpy from the moment i open the hive. Glad was wearing my bee suit. Im crap at queen finding so will try when i have more time and a better day. I think i have two options. 1. Find queen, drop her in a new hive, transfer some brood and honey frames and walk some worker bees through the front door. A fake swarm. 2. Find queen. Kill all swarm cells and hope that settles her. Any third options? Ive added more frames so now 10 in the second box. I'll do a better check for veroa in a few days and check if there are any eggs or uncapped brood still. That should confirm if i have a queen or if the eggs were from a queen exiting yesterday. Maybe i should proactively baverol them before putting a third box on for honey in 6 weeks time. Photo attached and more photos on front page of hollis.org.nz from todays inspection. Any advice welcome. Does anyone collect or use swarm cells?
  10. Ive added another box to give more space so hopefully that helps. I'd held off on opening the hive as a decca inspector was meant to come but didnt arrive. I didnt want to crack it twice in a week. Im going to check for queen cells tomorrow all going well. Finding a mentor has been hard and so am learning by experience about a burgeoning hive. Swarming not covered in the course
  11. @Josh Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I do appreciate it. Unfortunately my Nov weekends are getting horribly filled with work but if I get stuck I'll take you up on that offer. I suspect I need before end of Oct to be compliant.
  12. Is that the Papanui course? I just finished it in Autumn and have my first hive going - so am only just ahead of you there. We have a concrete wall that catches morning and evening sun. ?It is 1.8 high. No bees go over it to the neighbours - until today when they did a swarm like thing - then there were a few for 20 mins or so - but a few dozen, not thousands. The bees go up to about roof height and stay there. Around the corner is a bee hive next to the front gate. We didn't know it was there until the gate was open. Friends have one in their front yard - but you do get a few zipping across the side walk. Other than the swarming behaviour our neighbours wouldn't know we had them. Warmth - the advice about the cat seems right and high walls make a good barrier. However after today if I had a wall next to my garage that was sunny - and a bit more middle of my property I'd use that. also walking lines - the bees zip across the path to the washing line. As long as folks are comfortable with flight lines that's okay. Lastly - the washing line - DO NOT PUT THEM NEAR THE WIFE'S WASHING!!!!!! Bees poo in flight - its yellow and sticky and smelly and stains. I kept my hive away from herself's lines. However herself's lines are also in the perfect sunny spot. Negotiate moving the lines if you have to
  13. Hi @Daley, @CHCHPaul @Josh @jamesc and @yesbut I appreciate the welcome and advice. To answer all the questions: 1 - Why wait Seven years? Earthquakes, business, kids, massive accident, debt, work, money, location etc. I've owned a flow hive from when they started as wanted to support them - it looked like a great product. We rent - the earthquakes wiped our savings out, I had a really bad accident etc. Finally this year, debt free, a willing landlord, my wife's blessings and the time to go to the course at Papanui High all coincided to make it a reality. 2 - I did put on a second box, then saw your advice so must be doing something right I cracked the lid and all frames are full of bees and there is even honey on top of the frames. Added a second box with six frames with foundation. I was holding off as I am due a Decca inspection and didn't want to crack the hive open twice too close together. The inspector still hasn't arrived and no reply as to when - after blowing off the arrangements made. If anyone knows a willing Decca inspector in Chch who will visit Bishopdale I could use a recommendation. I've been working through the list published online but most are out of town or too busy or dont turn up.... I am happy to pay - I'm not looking for charity. Today we had a second 'swarm like' event. Thousands of bees pouring out of the hive, flying in a swirling type pattern, landing on local bushes, and dozens of 'scout' like bees heading to the neighbours and coming back. I put a NUC with five frames near them, there is a second box at the front of the house with frames - which got found. However 30 minutes later they all seemed to pour back into the hive. When is a 'swarm' not a swarm? Videos and a quick recap here: https://hollis.org.nz/to-swarm-or-not-…r-something-else/ The videos are phone shot so a bit shaky but show the swarm behaviour and the return. They are now all inside the hive with only a few at the door. Not many dead in front - maybe 10 if that. I think I'm going to have to pull the hive to pieces and inspect - and risk having it happen again soon with the DECCA inspection. I suspect I might find swarm cone / queen cells as they were pretty crowded a week ago. However, why the swarm like behaviour then return? Didn't see any signs of aggression of fighting. The day isn't particularly hot. There is water available. We were out so nothing to disturb them ... Again thanks for the welcome.
  14. Thanks. Ive waited 7 or more years to get stared so am glad to be on my way. Im hoping next year might also be my first foray into mead making. I also help with community gardens so might end up with 2 or 3 apiarys and one day be helpful to others.
  15. Caan already fermented or fermenting honey be used to make mead?
  16. Hi. Wanted to say hi as a new member and also ask a couple of questions. 1. Hi. Im a newbie keeper...got my hive late autumn and so am experiencing the joys of new parenthood. The hive is a full depth wooden longstroth but i also have a flow hive assembled to try a second colony with at some stage. Im based in chch, bishopdale, and have the hive in our rented back yard. Within a couple of weeks of getting the nuc it had bees outside the hive with chewed wing syndrome. Possibly the first round of brood hatching. Treated with baverol and no recurrence. I fed through winter with raw sugar and put on a plastic feeder tray as got a lot of sugar exiting the hive when feeding on the bottom board. The last two weeks have seen a big increase in activity with a lot of drones flying in and out so thats healthy. A lot of bearding this week and oddly a lot tonight just before 8pm...well after sun is off the hive. Am about to have first decca inspection so will see how well im doing. The activity seen makes me think a second box will be needed shortly. Ill no for certain when the inspection happens this week. 2. Does any one know bee keepers around chch who might like an occaisional day of free and novice help? Im pretty strong and have my own suit etc. I could use the experience and am happy to trade labour for learning for a few days. Has anyone used a flow hive in chch. Im told they might not be warm enough ... but they were tested in canada..and its cold there. 3. Is there anyone in chch who would like to put a hive in a school. The local intermediate is thinking about it. Alternatively im happy to provide a flow hive if some one has bees for the s hool to get them going. Any way. Hi.
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