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Offline Stuart

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New Member from Australia
« on: February 03, 2008, 09:20:39 PM »
Hello all, My name is Stuart. I live in Australia, Victoria, in a little country town called Kilmore. I am a beginner beekeeper. I have started with only one hive to see how l go. I have done a lot of reading, trying to learn as much as possible. l have had the hive for two weeks and have been inside once during this time. As a beginner there was so much to try and remember whilst going through the hive, with all the bees everywhere, smoking etc, that I forgot all the things I had planned to look for. I even forgot to look for the queen. So this weekend l will be doing it all again but will have a list of things on hand to check off, such finding the queen haha.
It is half way through our summer and l am concerned that the super is a bit light in honey, l was told by the person l recieved the hive from, that they took the honey in December 07, anyways I am going to join a local bee club next week and try to find a mentor and they may suggest to syrup feed.As l dont want to get caught out over Autum and Winter and loss my bees.
Thanks for letting me become a member and hope to learn alot from you all. Talk soon. Stuart.

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Re: New Member from Australia
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 09:35:19 PM »
Welcome Stuart. Reading and studying this forum and some time suited up with a mentor will be time well spent. It is not always necessary to find the queen. It is easier to just look for for eggs and larva. I have found that I see my queens more often by accident than when I try to just look for her.

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Re: New Member from Australia
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008, 11:15:10 PM »
Hey, welcome to beemaster, Mick and Geoff are from Australia also, have been talking with them in ventrillo, voice chat. Watch out for those salt water crocs, mate!


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Re: New Member from Australia
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 07:37:40 AM »
If you intend to find a queen (or even if you don't) don't use more than a puff or two of smoke or you'll scare her around and she'll be running around the hive and not staying still.
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Re: New Member from Australia
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 08:28:48 AM »
Thanks guys

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Re: New Member from Australia
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 11:23:57 AM »
Stuart, glad you forum this forum, welcome.  This world of beekeeping, as you are finding, is addictive.  You will learn a world of information during your visits here, ask any questions that you want, all questions will get an answer.  Have a wonderful day, welcome, Cindi
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