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Author Topic: How many hives do you have?  (Read 5020 times)
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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  One hive is in town and was nearly kaput until it superceded, and now is booming.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!

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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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