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Spring Checks

hi everyone, I hope some of you had the opportunity to take advantage of Sunday afternoon's sunshine to check your hives for spring. Queens are beginning to lay again for spring and the bee population can grow quickly. Make sure your hives have enough stores to feed the growing hive, especially as the bees will not be flying every day - the weather can still be wet and windy. Drone numbers will be increasing in the hives in preparation for mating. Check for varroa and apply your spring treatment now before the main honey flow.

Welcome to two new members...

Welcome to two new members to the group - now we are 12! I hope your bees are getting out and about in this on and off summer weather. There is still plenty flowering and the nectar is still coming in. If you plan to extract this year, you can book one of the club extractors from John Burnet. They are popular, so get in early. Remember to ensure you leave your bees with at least a box of honey to take them through the winter (8 full depth frames of honey or 10-12 3/4 depth. frames)

queens laying

On the last sunny day this week (Tuesday) I looked at my split and small nuc which i made about a month or so ago.

I was heartened to see some eggs and very young lavae in both boxes.  Now I just have to wait another week to see whether these are worker bees or drones.

Rewarewa trees in Trellisick Park  are starting to flower, as well are the cabbage trees in the garden so it seems that the honey flow is starting despite the miserable weather.

 

 

hi everyone

hi all, we are now 7 members!  welcome to Stuart.  

Swarm season is well and truly upon us, I've been to 3 swarm events in the last two weeks and that is probably only the tip of the iceberg.  A warm still day after a few days of inclement weather will set a swarm-ready hive off, so be on the look-out for extra activity around your hives.  Inspect often and be ready to split a hive to take off the pressure.  There are lots of queen cells around now, so if you want to split a hive and don't have a queen cell, put out a call and someone can probably help.

Jane

Bait hive

I put a bait hive onto my bee shed this afternoon during the warm spell. A full size box with two old empty brood frames and four frames with foundation.  I also put a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil into the doorway. PK told me that this will attract swarming bees looking for a new home.  it is a precaution against one of my hives swarming...... I hope to catch them before they go too far.  Eva

Swarming circumvented?

With help from Eva and Alan, we opened my active hive today, to split it and prevent it swarming.  We couldn't find the queen, and there was no sign of eggs, so we think the hive has already swarmed.  Lots of swarm cells - at least a dozen, so we've created a new hive, with two capped queen cells, left two capped cells with the original hive, put two swarm cells in the split I took last week and Eva took two queen cells home.    The other swarm cells were damaged with the movement of the frames and have become chook food....

Spring Checks

hi everyone, I hope some of you had the opportunity to take advantage of Sunday afternoon's sunshine to check your hives for spring. Queens are beginning to lay again for spring and the bee population can grow quickly. Make sure your hives have enough stores to feed the growing hive, especially as the bees will not be flying every day - the weather can still be wet and windy. Drone numbers will be increasing in the hives in preparation for mating. Check for varroa and apply your spring treatment now before the main honey flow.

Welcome to two new members...

Welcome to two new members to the group - now we are 12! I hope your bees are getting out and about in this on and off summer weather. There is still plenty flowering and the nectar is still coming in. If you plan to extract this year, you can book one of the club extractors from John Burnet. They are popular, so get in early. Remember to ensure you leave your bees with at least a box of honey to take them through the winter (8 full depth frames of honey or 10-12 3/4 depth. frames)

queens laying

On the last sunny day this week (Tuesday) I looked at my split and small nuc which i made about a month or so ago.

I was heartened to see some eggs and very young lavae in both boxes.  Now I just have to wait another week to see whether these are worker bees or drones.

Rewarewa trees in Trellisick Park  are starting to flower, as well are the cabbage trees in the garden so it seems that the honey flow is starting despite the miserable weather.

 

 

hi everyone

hi all, we are now 7 members!  welcome to Stuart.  

Swarm season is well and truly upon us, I've been to 3 swarm events in the last two weeks and that is probably only the tip of the iceberg.  A warm still day after a few days of inclement weather will set a swarm-ready hive off, so be on the look-out for extra activity around your hives.  Inspect often and be ready to split a hive to take off the pressure.  There are lots of queen cells around now, so if you want to split a hive and don't have a queen cell, put out a call and someone can probably help.

Jane

Bait hive

I put a bait hive onto my bee shed this afternoon during the warm spell. A full size box with two old empty brood frames and four frames with foundation.  I also put a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil into the doorway. PK told me that this will attract swarming bees looking for a new home.  it is a precaution against one of my hives swarming...... I hope to catch them before they go too far.  Eva

Swarming circumvented?

With help from Eva and Alan, we opened my active hive today, to split it and prevent it swarming.  We couldn't find the queen, and there was no sign of eggs, so we think the hive has already swarmed.  Lots of swarm cells - at least a dozen, so we've created a new hive, with two capped queen cells, left two capped cells with the original hive, put two swarm cells in the split I took last week and Eva took two queen cells home.    The other swarm cells were damaged with the movement of the frames and have become chook food....

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