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The traps caught bees more often than the few beetles I had sighted.
Not so concerned about the queen I only saw the concept as bad practice.

Exactly the point above... seeing a few is of no concern... so not mat needed... no never wet..

"it's logical, inherently safe and totally unintrusively maintainance free."

Cheers

... beeware totality for therein lies a one way road.  : chuckles:

Cheers.

Bill
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Splitting Questions
« Last post by eltalia on Today at 01:38:14 am »
eltalia thanks for your input mate but saying you disagree with what is being said, that you haven't had a swarm, and that you won't discuss the topic it really doesn't help.

Phil.. you got what I was prepared to give freely.
Leave it at that without the implication my advice is suspect.
That's exactly how confrontation starts on these things and I aint playing
that game..okay.

Compliments.

Bill
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@omnimirage

Neither are arguable as both will bee determined by the bees.
And where that determination has humans weeping then it is just too bad... bees do not
give a rat's really. We can make them suffer for short periods but ultimately they decide
or die.. as many a post in many a forum testifys.

Cheers.

Bill
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QE debate is for another thread (search them - there are hundreds!), but I find a QE to be absolutely no problem to my bees and every hive has one on all year round.
Ditto for my two 'permanent' colonies, and likewise, use of single brood chambers.
And my new longLangs will have them also.
Yet when doing rescues of other's colonies their use is very flexible in "going with
the flow" as the colony recovers from whatever ailment it presented with.

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I also don't know the most about ventilation, I wonder how much use it actually is when all my hives have propolised every ventilation port they have ever had
John L Guilfoyle - the old bloke - and Norman V Rice developed Guilfoyle's line
of lids and ventilated bottom boards. I used these as did many many others for
years, until the day I realised these were designed for southern climes - and
questionable there also - and not at all suitable for the tropics (dry or wet).
Often an interested BK would pass by the truck -  usually as we were leaving the
pub - to ask what the pipes hanging out of my boxes were. Most went away
enlightened, some wanted to argue... not a good thing to do with a few beers on
board ;-)))

Cheerio...

Bill
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It's just pecuilar as my hives already have a couple of ventillation ports on them, and it was a rather cold night. If they did overheat, I'm guessing it's due to how overly packed they were within the hive.

It's difficult for me to determine whether queen excluders are worthwhile. I see that everyone seems to have a different opinion on it.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Splitting Questions
« Last post by PhilK on Today at 01:06:55 am »
eltalia thanks for your input mate but saying you disagree with what is being said, that you haven't had a swarm, and that you won't discuss the topic it really doesn't help.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Splitting Questions
« Last post by eltalia on Today at 01:02:44 am »
"Bill
Ok, I got it.  Do you leave a way for drones to leave?"

These are not permanent fixtures in position, gww, you adjust them up
and down according to the condition/result you choose.

I may be telling you something you know...but so I know you know and
you should know 'cos knowing it is important knowledge.
Big picture there are only two things a human can truly control in the
colony - the queen and the drones. In my book both are of equal importance
as they _are_ the colony.
That control is down to one attribute of the bee - size.

No skite/brag-right in place I can tell you I do not recall the last issue
of a swarm from any colony under my management.
Now : cough:
I disagree with a _lot_ of what has been written here and elsewhere
as to swarming, but I say little to nought on the topic.
Don't "start me up" : chuckles:

Cheerio...


Bill
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Splitting Questions
« Last post by eltalia on Today at 12:48:04 am »
@PhilK

maaate... no way can I advise you on the step by step route to get to what works. For starters it
is very likely the outcome would be me getting banned from the site. That aint gunna happen by
my hand.

You've already sussed one piece of BS, all by yourself.
What I can say safely is get yourself to a club or under the wing of someone like Jeff Heliot..and
there are a mile more of them down your way. From Brissy you may have some travel time in being
guided but well worth the effort, if avoiding basic error is your way forward.

Sorrrry maaate.

Bill
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QE debate is for another thread (search them - there are hundreds!), but I find a QE to be absolutely no problem to my bees and every hive has one on all year round.
I also don't know the most about ventilation, I wonder how much use it actually is when all my hives have propolised every ventilation port they have ever had
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Last post by PhilK on Today at 12:30:58 am »
Not sure what is flowering in Brisbane proper, but we are getting a lot of honey coming in with fresh white wax being built in all our hives around the city and suburbs
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