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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2022, 01:29:13 pm »
Walked out to couple of monitored hives. Scooped snow away from the entrance. Took broodminder(TM) readings.  -39 degrees Celsius outside , +29 to +31 degrees Celsius inside the hive.

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When the lid goes back on, the bees will spend the next 3 days undoing most of what the beekeeper just did to them.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2022, 03:10:20 pm »
Interesting device. Boy is Canada cold..... :grin:

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2022, 08:31:22 pm »
Where I live it's in the  rainy season.. Right now. Best timer of the year for nectar flow.. The rainy season will stop 1st week in February... The local beekeepers tell me... This will happen sometime around the 5th of February...  +/-3 days.. The local beekeepers have been right for the past 4 years...LOL 
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2022, 09:33:40 pm »
I wish it was a little cooler where I am. Just trying to rehydrate after raiding the bees and extracting all morning. 30 degree days working in the sun sure gets a thirst up.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2022, 04:44:51 am »
Hi Ben
I would not worry about adding pollen frames until early Spring in the first honey flow.
Bees that just hibernate over winter do not need pollen. Alot of our hive are sometimes broodless over winter. Queens abdomen shrinks and she is hard to find.
Our best wintered hives are packed down in April and hardly touched till mid July when we do a pre almond audit to make sure they are strong enough.
If you go back to the post" pollen collection" you will see that we don't, and the bees take what ever pollen  they have into winter.
If we do have bees in Autumn on poor pollen or no pollen honey flows we will open feed pollen substitute.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2022, 04:58:13 pm »
Days are getting longer and the eucalyptus is in bloom, my hives are already ramping up at an insane pace, probably going to have to split hives in early February.


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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2022, 01:26:38 am »
Hi All.
My first post. I am a newbee.
I installed my first two nucs into my new custom horizontal langstroth hives.

Regards

Pete.





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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2022, 02:00:00 am »
Hello Pete! Welcome to Beemaster! Those are some good looking and well make hives! Very impressive . Thanks for joining and for the good post!

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2022, 04:40:19 am »
Hi Pete
Do you build houses, ours isn't as fancy as your hives.
I hope the bees appreciate them.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2022, 05:26:25 am »
Wow Pete....beautiful!

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2022, 06:53:37 am »
Thanks everyone.

I am a joiner so that means I am cheating a bit.
It was a project that I did when we were in a Covid Lockdown.
No point wasting time.

Thanks again.

Pete.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2022, 08:27:42 am »
Really nice piece of work that Pete...and so sensible using a standard frame size inside a "top bar" hive.
Our UK top bar aficionados insist on using a "v" shaped hive with just a grooved top bar for the bees to work their comb from.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2022, 02:08:02 pm »
welcome  :happy:.  The hives look great. 

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2022, 02:47:01 pm »
Welcome to Beemaster, Pete!   :happy:  That is the most gorgeous long hive I've ever seen!
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2022, 05:04:51 pm »
Thanks.

Here are a couple
of close up pics.

Enjoy

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2022, 02:24:58 am »
This afternoon my bees were bringing in red pollen. I was told that that is Camellia pollen.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2022, 04:53:34 am »
Pete,
Welcome to Beemaster.
Great looking hives.
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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2022, 05:14:12 am »
Just finished extracting a few boxes of honey. Pretty warm in a bee suit and extracting in the shed. The humidity was the killer. 3 changes of clothes and plenty of water helps.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2022, 05:54:01 am »
We?ll today I had my very first sneak peek into my new horizontal hives. Just a peak, didn?t remove any frames.

Got stung under my armpit for my trouble. First sting too. Was only a little one so no swelling.

I will leave them for a week as it?s raining a lot. Will wait for better weather before doing my first proper hive inspection.

I?ll be wearing a bee suit next time.

Regards and have fun.

Pete.

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Re: What did you do in your Apiary/Bee yard today?
« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2022, 06:27:27 am »
Les
Please explain the need of a bee suit when extracting?