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« on: June 14, 2012, 09:51:36 AM »

We have to keep the weeds down under the hive stands on account of the ants, so my brilliant off-sider has been tossing chook feed under the stands so the chooks clean up the weeds as well.

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 09:59:36 AM »

Are the chickens eating the weeds down or just eating the feed and smashing the weeds?
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 10:18:05 AM »

Both.

And hopefully gobbling the odd SHB.

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 05:07:54 AM »

I just poor the old cooking oil out from the Freeman beetle trap under the hives. Takes care of the grass and weeds for a while  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012, 06:37:02 AM »

haha  another lazy Queenslander   cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2012, 12:21:26 AM »


Before I moved my hive to a concrete slab, I put down plastic, from a roll of thin plastic, under the hives.  Keeps grass out and may help a little with ants.



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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2012, 03:10:54 AM »

..and helps with snakes too ?
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2012, 08:45:16 PM »

I just went to a top entrance and quite worrying about it...
http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopentrance.htm
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2012, 05:35:01 AM »

We weed here Michael (sorry, Bushie-your aussie name) to keep the ants off the hive stands.

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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 10:13:55 PM »

I just went to a top entrance and quite worrying about it...
http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopentrance.htm


With the top opening, do you find the bees still put the pollen on the bottom, honey on the top, and brood in the middle, or do they change their pattern?
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