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Hi team, Did my first inspection today, in light of all the online activity suggesting it was time to crack the lid. I found 3-4 frame ball of bees around empty frames. Some half emerged brood etc, but no capped brood. It was chilly & a cool breeze so as soon as I saw my queen I stopped. So no eggs seen but thats ok? I did see lots of DWV so have started weekly Oxalic, and I'll re-inspect in 2 weeks. I'm not doing a mite count (there was not that many bees) and with signs of mite syndrome I thought I'd treat anyway. On the good side, queen seen. And lots of capped hone
I have 1 hive. It's now about 4 weeks old and going well. I'm feeding as much as I can, but since I got attacked by a cranky night bee I'm a bit limited by work. Hard to tell when winter is really going to start here in Christchurch, we're still getting good 20s and sun. But it'll be here soon enough. I've ready through the threads, and I'm trying to figure out what I should do to get the hive ready for the next step. I ready and watch of the north american blogs, but I'm not sure their (buried under 3 ft of snow -20°C) advice is what we need for Christchurch. Any advice, or direct
Hey there, I'm a student at Lincoln University creating a community map for the Canterbury township of Lyttelton. One aspect of this map will be designed to support the re-localisation of food production and promote resource resilience within the Lyttelton Harbour basin. Food security and flexibility will become large problems in the coming future, which is why I need your help. Bees, bees are one organism that agriculture and food production would crumble without. One layer or group of layers of this map will focus on bees and honey production. I have already created a layer of vendors or