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madasafish 

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Checked and fed my 5 mini nucs.
One died - Q- Weak last time
Others flying in 13C
 
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Just checked up on newly caught swarm.
I'm always amazed at how hard these girls work....
3 days in and they have already cut the elastic bands holding salvaged comb and busy with house keeping....
I often see the bands laying on the floor but was chuffed to catch this and share with you Island folk...
That's team work for ya Michael.
Nice to hear the birds tweeting. 11c here and plenty of mizzle as locals call it.
 
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Will try,,,, when and If I get the time....
Was expecting a comment on the missing wall...... New cutout or something along those lines....
FYI, it fell over last week. ??? Open plan...
Hopefully the rest goes and saves me the job of breaking it down...
Plenty of swarms in this roof over the years...
I wouldn't worry about the wall, u want to see the state of some of the buildings in this country.
Mostly farm buildings.. oops.. shut up! cgf... Or farmer cgf. :)
It might be a blessing when it comes down, no more extra swarms in the roof.
 

Michael ECB's 

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Not Enough yet.
I wouldn't worry about the wall, u want to see the state of some of the buildings in this country.
Mostly farm buildings.. oops.. shut up! cgf... Or farmer cgf. :)
It might be a blessing when it comes down, no more extra swarms in the roof.
2nd swarm in/on the building in 2 weeks.... almost the entire underside of that old asbestos roof has a layer a propolis/wax on from old swarms....
Burnt black from attempted removals by farm staff in the past...

Perhaps cut up that asbestos sheeting into frame size chunks and sell it as swarm bait.... Langstroth size ok? -
Ignore that asbestosis nonsense,,, pffft!
 
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Today...finally finished feeding...3 weeks later than I aimed for.......Very little Ivy came in this autumn hence the late top ups needed...
Overall have fed 4000kgs to 280 stocks incl. Nucs...about 14kgs a colony...or 30lbs....
Way more than usual...
 

Michael ECB's 

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Not Enough yet.
Scouting for new queen breeding Apiary.... Was told best option would be a secluded island...
With all these awesome rains and water levels coming up, we have several islands forming....
Happy Days... Just need a small boat now...
Intent on starting in the new year....
Yeeehaaa - Pure " Island Bred " F1'sDairy dam GH 1.jpg
 

The Poot 

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Checked and topped up fondant supplies.
12 degrees with a strong wind, but bees out and STILL bringing in yellow pollen. ALL activity stopped by 2:00 pm.
 

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Very cold at the apiary so I had a little bonfire to keep warm. Hives feeling nice and heavy and the bees are bringing in Gorse. Chucked it down at one point but then the sun peeped through and they were out in droves.
Found another three brood boxes to refurbish and dug out two old nucs to bring back into service. Itching to get started again and it's not even Winter yet.
 

Michael ECB's 

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Not Enough yet.
We took out all the old trap out cones from trees and walls today... By "We" I mean my son,,,, yep - Im blessed to have the help....
Check the pile of trap out cones/funnels returned. I cant even remember making this many....
Let the robbing begin !
Tomorrow, the bees have access to some large stores in tree trunks as well as walls...
It is truly a sight to see...... The ruthless side of this creature comes out to play....
Then we seal up .................. Game Over!20201122_174543.jpg
 

beeno 

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Check the varroa board on the colony I OA dribbled on the 11th. Only 2 dropped the last 48hrs making a total drop of 676. Squeezed a small corner of my homemade fondant still nice and soft. All good. Put varroa boards on the others to see what's going on.
 

beeno 

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Today...finally finished feeding...3 weeks later than I aimed for.......Very little Ivy came in this autumn hence the late top ups needed...
Overall have fed 4000kgs to 280 stocks incl. Nucs...about 14kgs a colony...or 30lbs....
Way more than usual...
Well, that's a good job done then. Did you do it all yourself or have you got staff.
 

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