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Offline Ben Framed

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #180 on: April 29, 2022, 12:17:38 am »
Today?   Did a round of checking feed pail levels. No truck access due to ground conditions so was walking through 6 to 8 inches of sopping snow, slush, and jumping over puddles. My boots and socks are so damp can feel the moss growing between the toes, and ankles so chilled every flex squeaks and creaks.


I am still amazed at the amount of honey and wax you and your bees produce in such a sort season as compared to we who live in warmer climates.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #181 on: May 05, 2022, 02:57:01 pm »
I checked on the queenright halves of my splits today and finished one of their German mite trapping treatments.  Now that they are broodless I'll hit them with OAV tomorrow morning, as long as it doesn't rain. 
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What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #182 on: May 05, 2022, 09:29:57 pm »
Today?   Did a round of checking feed pail levels. No truck access due to ground conditions so was walking through 6 to 8 inches of sopping snow, slush, and jumping over puddles. My boots and socks are so damp can feel the moss growing between the toes, and ankles so chilled every flex squeaks and creaks.


I am still amazed at the amount of honey and wax you and your bees produce in such a sort season as compared to we who live in warmer climates.
It has been a terrible Spring. A desolate frozen landscape that lingered until just a couple days ago.  Finally the temperatures have swung into the low teens degC, it was sure nice to finally be able to go poke down into a few of them to see what is happening in there.  Quite pleased with the stage they are at despite what mother nature has been throwing at them.
By my notebook the last date that I had opened the lid on this particular hive was September 18 2021.  Today. May 5 2022.  I would say she has done a fine job of surviving the winter without my prodding.



The bees will spend the next 4 days in significant effort to undo and correct the wrongs that the beekeeper just did to them.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #183 on: May 05, 2022, 10:35:20 pm »
Today?   Did a round of checking feed pail levels. No truck access due to ground conditions so was walking through 6 to 8 inches of sopping snow, slush, and jumping over puddles. My boots and socks are so damp can feel the moss growing between the toes, and ankles so chilled every flex squeaks and creaks.


I am still amazed at the amount of honey and wax you and your bees produce in such a sort season as compared to we who live in warmer climates.
It has been a terrible Spring. A desolate frozen landscape that lingered until just a couple days ago.  Finally the temperatures have swung into the low teens degC, it was sure nice to finally be able to go poke down into a few of them to see what is happening in there.  Quite pleased with the stage they are at despite what mother nature has been throwing at them.
By my notebook the last date that I had opened the lid on this particular hive was September 18 2021.  Today. May 5 2022.  I would say she has done a fine job of surviving the winter without my prodding.




That?s not so bad for an 8 month leave of absence.


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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #184 on: May 13, 2022, 09:38:06 pm »
Whoa ...


I note only from the deposits on the hive bodies that the girls stick close to the hive when out for a bathroom break. 

Because it's freezin' out there man. They're not flying far to do their business...

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #185 on: May 14, 2022, 01:32:54 pm »
LoL!  yeah, not many outhouse opportunities when it is a white desolate landscape for months on end. When it is warm enough for flight, it rains poop all across in the bee yard area, literally.  Everything, and I mean everything, gets splattered. No square inch is spared. It rains down, it rains sideways, it rains thisaway and it rains thataway. Often wondering - how did she possibly manage to paint that there at that angle?!  Those are the days to stay out of the yard and go do other things.  Only folks in the north or those who winter colonies indoors will truly understand that. No, the bees are not sick. Yes, it is a normal event - which as weird as it sounds, we really look forward to!
The bees will spend the next 4 days in significant effort to undo and correct the wrongs that the beekeeper just did to them.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #186 on: May 16, 2022, 11:57:05 pm »
Had a bit of a chuckle to myself HoneyPump. You are chasing warm weather for your bees to produce and I am after cold weather for the honey flow to start. Plenty of trees flowering in my area but nectar will not be released in any quantity until the overnight temperatures drop away. There are just so many variables and twists in this adventure that we are on.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #187 on: May 17, 2022, 12:13:30 am »
The bees will spend the next 4 days in significant effort to undo and correct the wrongs that the beekeeper just did to them.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #188 on: May 17, 2022, 12:42:00 am »
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #189 on: May 17, 2022, 04:28:18 am »
Had a bit of a chuckle to myself HoneyPump. You are chasing warm weather for your bees to produce and I am after cold weather for the honey flow to start. Plenty of trees flowering in my area but nectar will not be released in any quantity until the overnight temperatures drop away. There are just so many variables and twists in this adventure that we are on.

Whereas in most of the UK it's flow on. despite it being a fairly cool spring. Just waiting for the oil seed rape flowers  to go over before starting first serious extractions of the season. Our Hawthorne is now in full bloom, gives a lovely flavoured dark honey when the bees get on it (too rarely for my liking!).
As UK electricity prices have gone bananas I'm pondering if I can find an efficient uncapping system that doesn't involve my  3KW stream generator and Lyson steam heated uncapping knife. Will try the backwards uncapper   and see how I get on with it. Otherwise will just keep putting pound coins in the meter...

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #190 on: Today at 12:34:58 am »
Nigel I have the the backwards uncappers plural. One regular size and one wide. I do like them; However, if you run across a frame which previously had brood in it, it is, in all honesty still a pain. Does it work? Yes...   As hoped?  Not as much so in this situation. Otherwise on pure honey comb in my experience, they are excellent!

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