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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: requeening mean hive
« Last post by CliveHive on Today at 05:14:43 AM »
Still appears to be running strong.   I' out of country until July  12, so will just have to see what I have when I return.

https://d.docs.live.net/2f3aef950036ff43/Documents/Document%20(2).docx
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Huge Imbalance Between Hives
« Last post by Wombat2 on Today at 04:14:07 AM »
worth a try - we had a bit of a field day at our last club meeting and looked at 2 flow hives being set up.  They originally had a wall of hay bails beside them to shield the view from the street. They had found a difference in size with the one beside the bails being the slower. They were switched and in a short time the activity slowed in the one next to the bails again. This happened a couple of times until the wall was moved to get access with a digger beyond and guess what? - both hives flourished. So if you switch and the lower activity stays in the same spot then something
about the location is causing it - if not then the queen is lazy.
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Already Wombat? So in the next couple of weeks start ramping up for spring - free up space in the brood box and supers?
Wait for a while before making splits?

The bees will be building numbers once it starts to warm - looking for consecutive days around 22 or more. They will consume a lot of honey during build up so don't split yet - wait till numbers increase and honey is coming in faster than they are eating it. Just help them by making room to expand and the queen can lay. but watch air space -too much and they cant keep it warm.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen larva
« Last post by Caribou on Today at 03:51:47 AM »
Sorry LJ, by the time I thought of a photo it was too late.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen larva
« Last post by little john on Today at 01:56:12 AM »
A photograph would save guessing.
LJ


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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Moving a Hive
« Last post by little john on Today at 01:31:06 AM »
[...]  if we move a hive a longer distance, all we know is that no bees end up at the old location.  We really don't know that the same number of bees will fail to re-orient and will still be lost.  I've not seen any studies where all the bees in a hive are counted before and after a long-distance move.

Just some things I was pondering.

I love it when people 'ponder' ... :smile:

There's a rough and ready observation you can make which might go some way to confirm (or not) what you are suggesting ...   If you observe foragers leaving a newly moved hive (a 'long distance' one) - then if those foragers immediately stop in their tracks and start playing in front of the entrance, this would confirm that they have spotted the change in position and are re-adjusting their 'homing mechanism' - whatever that might consist of.  BUT - if they just come barreling out of the hive and take off towards what they assume is the same target location as yesterday ... then the chances are very high indeed that they will become disoriented and won't find their way back.

I think you may be right - that because people have not observed bees circling around the old location when moving hives long distances, they have simply assumed that the bees have re-adjusted to their new location.  And as we are beginning to realise, once an idea has been proposed, it doesn't take much for a suggestion to become cemented into 'fact' (so-called received wisdom).

LJ
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Huge Imbalance Between Hives
« Last post by PhilK on Today at 12:53:46 AM »
They both go into shade around the same time in the arvo, but the sun hits Hive B first in the morning (thanks to the new house being built next door!)
Hive B's brood area is larger and the queen doesn't seem to have slowed down at all but I was thinking maybe drift as well, so should I swap their positions?
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A tip shop would probably have some old sheets of Lino, or even one of the flooring shops should have some off cuts.

I use off cuts left over from the bathroom 😀
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen larva
« Last post by Colobee on Today at 12:43:30 AM »
Or drone...
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Huge Imbalance Between Hives
« Last post by Wombat2 on Today at 12:24:29 AM »
Is there any structure or object close to hive A or does hive come into shade before B ? I'm thinking "drift" due to external influences confusing the workers returning to their right hive
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