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I say at least 2. If you only get one, it may be a gang buster hive or it might bee a dud. With 2 you have a better chance of getting at least one good hive to see what is normal.

Jim
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It is directly related and if you have one, use it. You are looking for honey with 18% or less water.
Jim
Jim
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GARDENING AROUND THE HOUSE / Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Last post by sawdstmakr on February 18, 2017, 05:43:47 AM »
Spring time is my favorite time of the year for this reason. Now besides food I worry about planting things for bees. I worry about those bees just like I do about my pets pretty much.
How many acres are you planting for your bees. That is what it takes to help your bees. No need to worry about them. They will travel from 2 to 5 miles to find food. If you are in a residential area, your. Neighbors have probably planted what they need. If you really want to help them, plant nectar producing trees.

Jim
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2 to1 is good for feeding in the fall for the bees to store it but in the spring you want 1 to 1 or less to stimulate the queen to build brood. It tells her there is a flow on. 2 to 1 tells her they are using stored honey.
Jim
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Are you trying to feed to stimulate honeybees ?
Are you feeling too build up storage ?
Are you trying to produce honey or are you trying to produce bees ?


            BEE HAPPY Jim 134 ?
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Last post by Rhino86 on February 18, 2017, 05:05:11 AM »
Last weekend was a cruel two days. 41 on Saturday and 42 on Sunday. The well watered Blueberry even was scorched and reduced  5-10mm from around the edge of the pot. Three pumpkin vines refused to live much more then a few weary green leaves.
Sunflowers love it though, hardy buggas. Least the king parrots haven't caught a look at them yet.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Help Identify this little bug.
« Last post by Andersonhoney on February 18, 2017, 03:06:45 AM »
Too funny.
Hi everyone

Ive had my hive a week now, did my first inspection today, they seem happy and strong, keeping SHB to a minimum and fill up the hive quickly with comb while bringing in plenty or resources. The only thing I have found odd is every now and then Ill find a bee wondering within a 10-15 ft of the hive, maybe just 1 or 2 a day. They are just walking, trying to fly or seeming dazed. I do find 1 or so dying in front of the hive being attacked by ants every second day. I found one this morning drowned in the birdbath water source for them, I intended on looking at it through the microscope just out of curiosity and while doing so I found this little brown grub fall from the bee on the mat. I worried as to what it is, seeing Tracheal mite on google but not having that here in Aus makes me curious. It wriggled a bit until killed it trying to get a picture.












upload pic

Cheers
Wayne
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Bees don't seem to mind what ratio you mix the sugar at but..  higher density syrup can sit around in drums etc for a lot longer before you have to worry about things like fermentation and if like me you're lugging if by hand you don't have to carry as much water in the process.
For these reasons I pretty much always mix 2:1 sugar:water regardless of the time of year.

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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Help Identify this little bug.
« Last post by BeeMaster86 on February 18, 2017, 01:03:27 AM »
All good, worked it out, mosquito wriggler... :cheesy:
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Help Identify this little bug.
« Last post by BeeMaster86 on February 18, 2017, 12:55:21 AM »
Hi everyone

Ive had my hive a week now, did my first inspection today, they seem happy and strong, keeping SHB to a minimum and fill up the hive quickly with comb while bringing in plenty or resources. The only thing I have found odd is every now and then Ill find a bee wondering within a 10-15 ft of the hive, maybe just 1 or 2 a day. They are just walking, trying to fly or seeming dazed. I do find 1 or so dying in front of the hive being attacked by ants every second day. I found one this morning drowned in the birdbath water source for them, I intended on looking at it through the microscope just out of curiosity and while doing so I found this little brown grub fall from the bee on the mat. I worried as to what it is, seeing Tracheal mite on google but not having that here in Aus makes me curious. It wriggled a bit until killed it trying to get a picture.












upload pic

Cheers
Wayne
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