Apiary Diary September 2021

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Christchurch
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I set up 25 top split nucs with queen cells during April this year using double screen boards. I used between one and three frames of brood, bees and stores - experimenting with different quantities to see what works, as well as feeding syrup.

It has been a great success with most queens getting mated before May and all wintering down with reasonable patches of brood (even the one framer). All had winter staples.

Attached is photos of a couple of typical nucs taken a week ago. The one framer experiment is now four frames and some of the three framers are now bursting out of their 10 frame boxes - having drawn out 3-4 new frames with beautiful white wax. Amazing!
 

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Josh

Gold
768
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Christchurch
Experience
Hobbyist
Cracking Canterbury day, and finally found my elusive queen. It might seem early, but drones/drone brood and lots of nectar/pollen coming in so I decided to try a vertical split. If it fails, I can always merge them back together again.

Let the rebuild begin…
 
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5,725
canterbury
Experience
Commercial
Been out on the traps today ......
Disease check, feed check, and apply O/A strips.

The last round three weeks ago I just pop4d the lids and pumped syrup if the bees were alive. Delving into them today was .... good ..... I was surpised how strong they were, double broods pumping with brood and bees, fresh honey dew shaking from the frames, and evry so often varroa in the drone brood between the boxes.

The varroa seems to be quite early....

We are using the overboard strips from Hivemind this year.
They stink, and also they seem to have absorbed a lot more of the O/A than the gib tape staples ......

I am cautiously optimistic that it might be quite a good season.
 
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1,759
North Canterbury
Experience
Commercial
Well my winter experiment of running 100 double broods with the stores in the bottom box instead of the top has been positive.
strength wise there’s really no difference, there has been none robbed out, the part I really like is in the past I’d find they had naturally eaten the stores above the nest and moved upstairs.. away from the treatment, where placing the brood above the stores they have wintered amongst the treatment and in the warmer top box, the strongest colonies have had the queen laying down into the bottom box but not many have to be fair.

fingers crossed for everyone this coming season as we roll the dice yet again.. lifes a journey.. and all the better spent with ones head inside a beehive
 


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