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    Re: One angry bee

    Zapped it in the end with some flyspray. Job done.
  2. Re: Stupid newbie question how to replace a super

    I take the frames out one at a time, give em a bang or two before they are right out to get most of the bees off em. Then gently but quickly brush off the remainders and put it in an empty super...
  3. Re: How long will I be punished by the beekeeping gods?

    Yeah I made a similar mistake last year. I happily went through wrecking all the queen cells and only then realised there were no eggs or larvae. So I took a frame of eggs from my second hive. Three...
  4. Thread: Swarm call

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    Re: Swarm call

    Just be careful, make sure you have all your gear on and smoker lit. Swarms that have been hanging around for a while can get tetchy. I caught my first one last season was way to gung ho about it and...
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    Re: One angry bee

    Kamikaze is right. Its pretty hard for me to nail a bee buzzing and bombing around my head as I cant really see it. Will try clapping next time, but I guess thats an aquired skill (at least for...
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    Re: One angry bee

    Love the way you think Kepltic maybe shouldnt be so worried about the kids next door after all.....Let them cop it hopefully they wont complain to the council. Has been some pretty crazy weather here...
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    Re: One angry bee

    Maybe I should just stand out there, give her the death she craves and be done with it.
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    One angry bee

    OK so Im doing some gardening. The two hives are about four meters away behind a six foot corrugated iron fence. One bee decides to come over and start bombing my face and neck, gets a wee sting in...
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    Re: Pre-made wax comb, why not?

    3D printing is slowly coming of age as a technology. It would be slow, but doable?
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Well I put an extra brood box on each hive on the 1st with five frames of drawn comb in each with 5 empty frames/starter strips....They have drawn out quite a wee bit already and are moving honey to...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Thanks for the tip OT. I will do as you suggest but instead of cutting out the drone brood I think I can just put it in the freezer for a day or so then back in the hive?, the bees will remove the...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Acebird - No it was risky but I was out of bees by that stage, and didnt want to spring for a new nuc. There are no signs of AFB in my hives yet, but will keep a close watch. Swarms can rid...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Hi and thanks again OT =)
    I made my own SBBs on stands as it gets quite boggy through winter so got them off the ground. They have 20ml high entrances as that was the only size close enough they...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Thanks for taking the time to A my Qs OT. =)
    Kim from the ABC kindly identified the AFB for me. I have only been to two meetings in as many years, I usually work Saturdays so have let my subs wane...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    I just read http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?235537-what-do-you-think-upper-entrance/page2 and I reckon Im gonna put 4 or so drawn frames above the current brood surrounded by wired...
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    Re: Spring is coming

    Hiya Acebird yeah Ive got two hives that are one deep. Was down to one last year after I had to burn my other two cos they had AFB. The remaining one was in two deeps so I simply separated them and...
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    Spring is coming

    Hi guys, here in New Zealand spring is round the corner, and I am thinking about what to do with my two hives this coming season.
    I have them in single deep boxes at the moment, and they have hardly...
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    Re: Creaming honey

    Oooh yeah secondary batch is setting beautifully silky smooth into the pail this afternoon....
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    Re: Creaming honey

    Yep, different fridge =)
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    Re: Creaming honey

    Got a real smooth starter batch with the blender stick. Its in the fridge now setting.....
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    Re: Creaming honey

    Oooh hey thanks that link was on the money! Love the accent.... Actually I tried breaking down the set crystals with a stick blender seemed to do the trick. Think theres a lot of air in there now...
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    Creaming honey

    Hi Ive got a pail of honey melting nicely (crystallised coarsly and naturally) in a fridge with a 75W bulb in it. Want to cream it before I package into 500g pots. Problem is its my first batch so I...
  23. Re: Saving a hive from advanced PMS with powdered sugar only!!!

    Hey thanks for this info fafrd, based on your findings I intend to trial intensive ps dusting leading into autumn this year, will see how it goes!
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    Re: Can you freeze honey

    Nope, honey will crystallise real quick at fridge temps but not at all at freezer temps.
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    Re: Drawn out Comb Purchase

    I hived a swarm in Sept (spring here) and they drew out two brood boxes and one honey super of comb which is now capped, all from foundationless frame. A lot of it down to luck I think. They have...
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