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« on: November 18, 2009, 02:39:19 AM »

2.5 at last count!
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 05:03:24 AM »

Struth, Mick! I started the year with zip.. lost out in a tussel with the shb

Bought a nuc and caught some swarms.. I was going to limit it to 5 but I cant help myself..now I have 8 (includes 3 nucs) from swarmsand have so much of the golden stuff in drums that I dont know what to do with it. I think I might combine the nucs and let the queens fight it out

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009, 05:46:42 AM »

Three for me, at the moment!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 04:26:49 PM »

Had 3, down to 1 due to SHB  angry angry angry
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2009, 05:43:57 PM »

Started this year with (2),

no honey but still have 2 hives that I guess are healthy with 3 deeps of built out comb and 4 mediums. 

I think I have done "ok"
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2009, 06:03:41 PM »

Our magic number seems to be 20.  We gain a few, sell a few, then gain again.
One TBH, two Long Hives, seventeen Langs, and a Nuc. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2009, 10:20:52 AM »

1 and 1/2 - started last May with a package, and did a trap out in July.  Fingers crossed.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 01:28:31 PM »

I have 120. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 07:02:59 PM »

Started the year with 1 and now have 7. Will reduce to 4 or 5. Way too many bees in the backyard.
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 09:17:30 PM »

I had 2 from this time last year until about 5 weeks now I have 12. I'm looking for agisting sites within an hour and a half of Melb to the north. Undecided  I have way too many hives in the back yard...
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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 11:58:50 PM »

Well I bought six and they swarmed and I now have 11.  I have just sold some and will sell some more soon I think the magic number for me to keep will be 3. Just enough for fun and some real good honey.

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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2010, 08:38:39 PM »

I have none at present, hopefully 2011 I will have a few. A few years past I had  27.
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2010, 08:40:47 PM »

7 and baby swarm.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2010, 06:01:33 PM »

3 for right now.
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2010, 12:27:20 PM »

I think i have 12 right now...
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2010, 06:52:43 AM »

I think i have 12 right now...

I'll count them next time I get up there for you.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2010, 04:33:10 PM »

55 right now.   

The goal for this year is sixty - we should be there with a couple to spare already, but it's been a right sod of a spring down here.   If we stay where we are that'll be ok - probably time to concentrate on building em up for the crop rather than splitting any more at this point.
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2010, 01:53:44 AM »

ha ha.... I can remember Oz Buzz arriving on here... Hive count zero.... none.... zilch.
 Now the poor bugger hasn't even the time to count them.....
 What a great pass time
 p/s   we have 3 swarms pass by here in Glen Waverley in the past couple of weeks, one mine.  Caught 2, othe ran and hid
 Building a TBH to try
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2010, 06:40:25 AM »

ha ha.... I can remember Oz Buzz arriving on here... Hive count zero.... none.... zilch.
 Now the poor bugger hasn't even the time to count them.....
 What a great pass time

I remember those days too! hahhaha
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2010, 03:58:01 PM »

6 currently, time to make more boxes!
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2011, 04:17:58 PM »

Make that 1.......lost a hive due to starvation.  They didn't have enough stores and I was too late getting feed on them.  I tried dry sugar as a last resort but it was too late.  Oh well...live and learn.
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2011, 09:26:09 PM »

started last year now have 10 hope to have 30 by year end
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2011, 09:59:44 PM »

Started in March with one and I now have 24 with two more to collect in the next three days
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« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2011, 08:43:41 PM »

Had 5 before Christmas.
Lost 4 of 5 to SHB again over the Christmas period!  angry
Back to 3 thanks to 1 swarm moving into the empty boxes in my shed, plus a trapout I completed last week.
I think early spring I will do a split and make a few nucs up, even if just to bank some queens incase I have problems, then who knows what swarm season will bring.
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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2011, 08:14:47 AM »

Crikey, ML, that sounds like the very first hive you had with the SHB trouble.

By the way, I have 2 hives now after giving a small split away this week.  One hive is in town and was nearly kaput until it superceded, and now is booming. (Booming for me is surviving with the potential for getting some capped honey sometime in the next couple of years).  The hive at home is a tough queensland survivor which has to live in the harsh conditions like every other creature here.

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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2011, 08:58:52 AM »

Working somewhere around 4,000 right now for REDBEE...more on the way!

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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2011, 09:00:25 AM »

Working somewhere around 4,000 right now for REDBEE...more on the way!

Scott

That's a lot of sugar shaking Scott!  grin


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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2011, 09:07:03 AM »

1, a hive I purchased a few weeks ago. It started with 1 deep and now is 1 deep and 2 mediums. the mediums are half drawn. It's my first season and I have high hopes!
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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2011, 09:33:11 AM »

I have 4 hives now.
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2011, 10:03:03 AM »

Right now I have 20--10 frame hives and 22--5 frame nucs. Larry
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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2011, 01:32:48 PM »

9 plus 1 trap out in the works. Keeping my fingers crossed for 10.
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« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2011, 03:45:10 PM »

started this in feb with 4, with a few splits and swarm captures we are now at 17.
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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2011, 05:11:55 PM »

Crikey, ML, that sounds like the very first hive you had with the SHB trouble.

By the way, I have 2 hives now after giving a small split away this week.  One hive is in town and was nearly kaput until it superceded, and now is booming. (Booming for me is surviving with the potential for getting some capped honey sometime in the next couple of years).  The hive at home is a tough queensland survivor which has to live in the harsh conditions like every other creature here.

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Crikey Lone, the fact that you've even been able to do a split must mean your bees are doin a lot better than last year when you were havin a Barry Crocker!
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« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2011, 08:39:59 PM »

ML, Those 2 queens I bought from southern Queensland certainly set me back.  The hives grew weaker and weaker and one I couldn't save.  The other I took into the bee hospital in town, where at least there is something to live on all year round.  It was down to about 2 frames of bees and didn't really pick up.  Then it superceded with a terrific laying queen.  But she went above the excluder.  So she was shaken down to the bottom where she went sulky for a couple of months.  I thought she'd gone because she refused to lay.  Then she found her way up the stairs again and filled the top super.  So I put the excluder over the 2 supers and she filled both up with brood.  With the help of the bee doctor there we condensed it back down to one brood super and she's happily producing a strong hive.  Maybe I can split again in Spring and hopefully extract then too. We haven't had a good winter honey flow this year.

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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2011, 10:44:51 PM »

I have 4 on my property and 22 on my partners property. we hope to have 35-50 next year. trying to produce enough for the local area people that are calling all the time to get it. ( taking orders for fall flow and next year.) trying to pay for all the costs and a little vacation money.
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« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2011, 10:33:16 PM »

Well its a new summer and I have 31 and looks like I'll have between 60 and 100 more for next year... God doing this. grin
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2011, 09:50:56 PM »

I had 100% survival through winter and also 100% acceptance rate in my autumn requeening - happy! you bet Smiley so i have gone in to the coming season with 25 hives
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« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2011, 06:28:09 AM »

what are you going to do with them?
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« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2011, 12:31:56 AM »

what are you going to do with them?

Produce honey, split them, and also offer them for pollination
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« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2011, 03:34:39 AM »

Started with two in April and now have 14.  shocked
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« Reply #40 on: August 04, 2011, 07:15:08 AM »

8 after i bought 4 from a fellow beek since he was getting out of it
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« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2011, 08:20:59 AM »

2, but it is my first season among the bees. From what I'm reading it gets out of hand pretty quick  evil
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« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2011, 12:52:51 AM »

One of my and three of my mates that he moves around from season to season.

By the end of the season I should have two, addictive hobby or what.
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« Reply #43 on: September 05, 2011, 03:54:36 AM »

trying to hold firm at one, but I fear resistance is useless!
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« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2011, 10:13:09 AM »

2.5  I have enough wooden ware for 6, but it's hard to find tough hardy Queensland bees that can survive on dirt and rocks.

Grieth, you need more than one.  If something goes wrong, you'll need to rob Peta to pay Paula.  And the more you have, the more fun you have.  Exponentially.  See how ecstatic I am?

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« Reply #45 on: September 07, 2011, 01:19:27 AM »

I'm running 30 now! and that's before the swarms start
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« Reply #46 on: September 30, 2011, 05:51:33 PM »

1 and 1/2..

Just split my 1 hive from last year and introduced my first bought queen yesterday.

And now we wait.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2011, 11:48:39 PM »

UPDATE for me!! Now I have 5 and this is all I can handle. Love having this much though

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« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2011, 01:50:32 AM »

I currently have 3 hives and 2 nucs,
I was going to split a hive this morning but a 6am thunder storm ended that idea for today.

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