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« Last post by sawdstmakr on April 26, 2015, 07:30:47 AM »
A few weeks ago, my wife called me at work. She was watching a large swarm move into a swarm trap. I asked her which hive it was coming from. She said none of them. She was watching them come from a different direction than my hives. They were all over the outside as well as the inside and I immediately moved them into a 2 medium, 10 frame hive. After dark I moved it into the apiary.
It is not uncommon to have swarms move into your apiary.
« Last post by Richard M on April 26, 2015, 07:14:45 AM »
If a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm that big in April must really be worth something. But what rhymes with April.....grill, drill,frill....oh I know. A house on a hill :grin:

It's a Thrill.
« Last post by SB-Russ on April 26, 2015, 07:00:38 AM »
Howdy. You getting any Manuka honey?
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Manley sizing a viable option to standardize on?
« Last post by SB-Russ on April 26, 2015, 05:06:18 AM »
So I'm back, and still fence-sitting.

Someone elsewhere said that you can't fit a full depth frame into two half depth boxes, or at least not without a lot of trouble. I didn't get a clarification on why. Anybody have any idea what that would be about? Amun-ra certainly doesn't indicate that's an issue.

I've almost been swayed back to Manley size, as the decreased cost and handling over Ideal size seems to outweigh the slight weight decrease between Manley & Ideal. I realise Ideal gear is probably more used at large, but Manley is much easier for me to get locally, if my supplier doesn't run out.

Still, I'm left with the dilemma of transitioning between Full Depth when I buy Nucs, and if I want to sell Nucs down the track, making them up if my bees aren't on Full Depth to start. I realise I can start with my size frames and transition them out as the full depths build up, but that would significantly increase build-up time, wouldn't it?
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Hats off for Anzacs tomorrow
« Last post by ScituateMA on April 26, 2015, 03:04:17 AM »
Hats off for Turks and Anzacs that lost their lives at Gallipoli !
« Last post by lindaw on April 26, 2015, 12:50:46 AM »
Hi everyone,
I`m from Northland in New Zealand. I have been keeping bees for 2 years and have 3 hives.
This spring I`m all set to catch as many swarms as I can to get more hives.
Very much a newbee to beekeeping although my minds like a sponge and I want to learn as much as possible.
That's why I`ve joined this forum and all you knowledgeable beeks.
Established hives are not usually recomended because they can bring a lot of trouble with them in the form of diseases and mites..
   A nuc or package you can "usually" get away without treating that year, You have a year to do inspections, and learn your bees, as well as figuring out how you intend to treat..   with an established hive you need to KNOW what to do right now.  Not an end all situation by any means, just means a steeper learning curve.

   Does the established hive have good comb in it or is it time to rotate some of it out? Is it an established hive from someone getting out of beekeeping or someone selling established hives as opposed to nucs?  IF.. they are getting out of beekeeping, it is likely nothing has been done to or for those bees recently..   Did you inspect the hive with the owner? Does the queen have a good laying pattern? How old is the queen? Do you need to requeen? Do you need to treat for mites? How many brood boxes? How many frames of brood?
   As you can see, there is a bit to think about and ask.. JUST starting out, most of those things would be overlooked because the new beekeeper does not know yet what to look for and what questions to ask.
   But then, thats why were here!
« Last post by rookie2531 on April 25, 2015, 09:35:06 PM »
As I said in another post. I put a frame of eggs/brood in what I believe to be a queen less nuc. If they make queen cells, what would be the day to put a cage over the cells? Provided they make more than one. d2

My opinion would be 10-11 days after that day you did that.
REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Grafted today, first time.
« Last post by rookie2531 on April 25, 2015, 09:33:18 PM »
I ended with only 7 queen cells from that graft. I split one of my strong hives and put them in either a 5 frame nuc or one of my mating boxes that I built. Six days later, I performed a walk-away split and ended up with 9 cells that I was able to cut off, some frames had more that I could not cut off, to leave them with only one because, they were too close together or on the wire. So, I could not get any more off.

The weather has been raining and cool, even frost one morning, so I have not even inspected, to see if they all emerged. But even if I did, it is not time to see larvae yet. Getting close though.
I will keep you posted as, I expect 19 hives going in may and have another strong hive to do more grafts in May.
Thanks buzzbee, pretty good optical illusion then. I see now the opposite side hexagons with the same coloring overlap more than one cell on this side thereby showing they are on the other side.

At least makes queen and worker normal and not weird :)

Yea Ken, Thank you  :wink:
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