Apiary Diary February 2022

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6,257
canterbury
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At the ridk of being politically incorrect….
The lifestyle of a migratory beeman is pretty feral …..
But I guess thats why we do it … eh!9C3503A6-2DC8-4ACD-82F0-0EBA49264A4B.jpeg
 

southbee

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290
247
Southland
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Commercial
Easy for me, I was sitting in a nice, comfy house, enjoying some or red wine and sleeping in a proper bed. Shifting hives can be fun, but it also takes a lot of energy so you deserve every drop of that wakachangi, maybe you should try some speights so for a change!! If I can I normally delegate the shifting to my boys, they don't mind and our shifts are a lot shorter than yours.
 

kaihoka

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328
270
whanganui inlet
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Hobbyist
i moved my hives onto the reduced entrance setting today.
i was wearing full gear to do it.
it has not been a bad season but it came to an abrupt early end with the two weeks of torrential rain and gale easterlies.
we have had 391 mls so far this month, may not make it to 400mls
 
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West Coast
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Hobbyist
i moved my hives onto the reduced entrance setting today.
i was wearing full gear to do it.
it has not been a bad season but it came to an abrupt early end with the two weeks of torrential rain and gale easterlies.
we have had 391 mls so far this month, may not make it to 400mls
We have only had 440mls so far and we are on the western side of the alps
 
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Hawkes Bay
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We have only had a bit over 100 but it has still killed the flow dead. Apparently some areas are still yielding but everywhere I have been lately the robbing has been intense and needed careful management. Varoa is really starting to show up as well and I'm glad I only have two small yards left to treat. Re-queened 32 hives this morning and only missed one Queen which wasn't too bad and I did find two queens next to each other and another hive. One was a beautiful young Queen and the other one had a walking stick. Using two day cells today.
More than happy to have all my hives down to 2 stories at the moment. It makes them easier for the bees to defend from wasps which will be turning up anytime soon and the chances of a late flow now are far lower than the chances of varoa damage from leaving the hives untreated too long.
 
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canterbury
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Commercial
The worlds gone to the dogs.
I read tonight that the Canadian gvt is gonna freeeze vaccine protesters bank acccounts.
Meanwhile …. In Jimmy C’s small world camped up on the skid….. he’s lost the freaking bottle opener….
And came up with a lightbuld thought…..
Hive toools should come with a top cracker ….E1A6ADDA-AB80-467D-9431-E64FD770C1A9.jpeg
 
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southbee

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290
247
Southland
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Commercial
The worlds gone to the dogs.
I read tonight that the Canadian gvt is gonna freeeze vaccine protesters bank acccounts.
Meanwhile …. In Jimmy C’s small world camped up on the skid….. he’s lost the freaking bottle opener….
And came up with a lightbuld thought…..
Hive toools should come with a top cracker ….View attachment 1259
Told you to try speights, they got screw tops!!
 
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southbee

Gold
290
247
Southland
Experience
Commercial
We have only had a bit over 100 but it has still killed the flow dead. Apparently some areas are still yielding but everywhere I have been lately the robbing has been intense and needed careful management. Varoa is really starting to show up as well and I'm glad I only have two small yards left to treat. Re-queened 32 hives this morning and only missed one Queen which wasn't too bad and I did find two queens next to each other and another hive. One was a beautiful young Queen and the other one had a walking stick. Using two day cells today.
More than happy to have all my hives down to 2 stories at the moment. It makes them easier for the bees to defend from wasps which will be turning up anytime soon and the chances of a late flow now are far lower than the chances of varoa damage from leaving the hives untreated too long.
Same here, lots of bored bees and robbing, still got a bit of honey to bring home, but most of the treatment is in, feels good!
 

tommy dave

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BOP Club
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261
mostly wellington, sometimes dunedin
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Hobbyist
The worlds gone to the dogs.
I read tonight that the Canadian gvt is gonna freeeze vaccine protesters bank acccounts.
Meanwhile …. In Jimmy C’s small world camped up on the skid….. he’s lost the freaking bottle opener….
And came up with a lightbuld thought…..
Hive toools should come with a top cracker ….View attachment 1259
I just assume everyone can open a beer with a hive tool, no mods required
 


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