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Offline Maja

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Update on Newbie NZ
« on: December 13, 2011, 08:21:19 AM »
Hi Forum,
A few weeks ago I have sent the message to you asking how far from the house I should place my hives so we all enjoy each other company.. Well 2 days ago I finally got my first hive . I can walk just about right up to the hive and they seem to be happy about it. Maybe its just my ignorance and luck? Anyway , today I put a second brood box on the top of original one, as I noticed that box was very heavy and cluster of bees occupied the entrance . On the close inspection after opening I saw most of frames with plenty of brood ,pollen and honey. Only one frame was not drowned...(?) but there were bees on it. I found Q! more by accident that knowledge.As per advice  I transferred some frames from original box up to new brood box and staggered it with empty frames .I have seen quite a few drone cells-should I destroy them? My second hive is at the different site which I am going to inspect in a couple of days. So far so good. Very exciting that bee-business  :lol:...
« Last Edit: December 13, 2011, 06:26:17 PM by Maja »

Offline Country Heart

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Re: Update on Newbie NZ
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 02:11:06 AM »
Congratulations on your first hives!   X:X

  Probably better to wait for someone with more experience to answer your questions.   :)


Offline annette

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Re: Update on Newbie NZ
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 02:44:28 AM »
Don't destroy drone cells!! Drones are needed in the hive.

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: Update on Newbie NZ
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011, 04:10:19 AM »
If you destroy drone cells they will just have to raise more brood and use more resources to do so...
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Offline Mardak

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Re: Update on Newbie NZ
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011, 04:27:59 AM »
Post up a photo of the drone cell in the foundation, we can discuss the spread of everything on the foundation to give you a bit of an idea of how the brood is forming. Photo show the pollen store, nectar shape and also important capped brood layout.