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I was suposed to start my theoretical course/training today¬†ūüźĚ¬† https://www.thebeeman.no/eng.html

I gave my fosterson the course as a 40years birthday present, and to do it together

Then new local covid19 restrictions put it on hold :growl:  hopefully not for to long :confused: 

more to come.........ūüćĮ

cheers

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Hi again

So the adventure started with my first class yesterday, after only a 14 days delay :thumbsu:

Fascinating stuff getting in to the, bee -colony -biology -lifecycle. But what a load of rules, laws, regulations, one have to learn and comply with, way beyond those of any other livestock  :startle:

I'w not decided yet, wether to get my first hive(s), this year or next year. ¬†My original plan was next year, but after yesterdays class, I might jump in this year, if the right colony is available at the "right price" ¬†before the end of May¬†ūü§ě¬†

Anyways I'm happy to ūüźĚ¬†on the way for now.

cheers

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We keep native bees...called sugarbag bees locally.  They are stingless and much smaller than a commercial honey bee.  We keep them just for their pollinating...and we try to keep the purple flowers which are said to attract them to the available nectar.  While the hives can be split...and may even yield a little bit of high quality honey...you can ljust leave them alone to manage themselves.

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Hi 

So 5 days ago we did our first practical training :thumbsu:

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Nice to finally get some hands on experience  

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This is a native brown bee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_honey_bee  a bit aggressive compared with buck fast, so being allergic I will go for buck fast  my self, when I get going with my own bees. https://wicklowbeesandhoney.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/native-bees-vs-buckfast-bees-do-we-have-to-pick-a-side/

ūüźĚ¬†:rock:

cheers

 

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Hi all

It's been a cold :coldb: spring around here, all & everything is "late" this year, but better late than never 

On 3/25/2021 at 11:51 AM, ande said:

I'w not decided yet, wether to get my first hive(s), this year or next year. ¬†My original plan was next year, but after yesterdays class, I might jump in this year, if the right colony is available at the "right price" ¬†before the end of May¬†ūü§ě¬†

 

Seems¬†I'w got lucky¬†ūü§ě¬†Had a long nice chat with a lady yesterday, that was willing to sell ¬†me 2 ūüźĚ¬†colonies, so I'm off next weekend, to pick them up¬†ūüĎć

cheers

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Hi All

So last Saturday I brought my hives, to transfer the colonies after a thorough inspection. 

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You can see Queen Elisabeth in the pic above (blue)

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Queen Ziegfried in the pic above (blueish)

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Both colonies looking good and healthy IMO  so They where left to settle in their new hives until after sun down on Sunday

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I picked them up Sunday evening, arrived home about 01.00 in the morning Monday, a 3 hour drive

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both hives planted in their new permanent spots

cheers 

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Hi 

So all seems fine in their new location. 

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This is a pic from the first day, and you can clearly see activity around both hives, although a lot more around QE's hive on the right.

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Hi again

So, getting things ready to expand their hives, to avoid any swarming, is the next move on the agenda.

I'v chosen plastic frames for my hives, as that seems to be the less work route ?

Getting the frames ready, means applying a thin layer of wax on both sides of the frames

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I melted the wax in the oven at 110C and rolled it on with a paint roller. 

I had 2boxes of wax going, so when the wax in one chilled and started hardening, I swapped it with the hot/liquid one, standing in the oven. 

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I understand that I applied way much more wax, than needed. But that only means about "double cost" in wax, witch obviously means a lot if you have 100++ hives, but for me only having 2 hives (for now) it is marginal and a learning process. The pic above also shows the two frames that got the most wax of all, on some (the ones I got right) you can hardly see the wax on a pic

cheers  

 

 

 

 

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Next step, add the boxes with the new frames to the hives, so to expand the space available.

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I had my youngest son to "assist" meaning taking pics from a distance, and I got my phone ready to snap a few.

Impossible task the bees got really aggressiv, so my son had to flea the place and I just quickly added the two new boxes, but got confirmed a nice level of activity in both colonies :rock:

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The next expansion I had some nice assist by my fosterson in full protection gear so I could snap a load of pics :sword:

more ūüźĚūüźĚ¬†to follow ¬†soon cheers

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Hi again

So I added another box end of June, and got to inspect my plastic frames.IMG_3014.thumb.jpeg.f43c14748358a1f45877e2ca5bbe65d9.jpegIMG_3029.thumb.jpeg.d32e6c9fe8ccb1c7d60f664982cea3a4.jpegIMG_3032.thumb.jpeg.11cbd28c563a45d06f7965a974b60947.jpegIMG_3037.thumb.jpeg.3d111f224bc62561643ec73c15a78a62.jpeg

seems to work just fine

compared with the wood frames here

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Looking at how they have built in the siling the expansion was in do time. 

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cheers

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Hi

Struggling a bit with the pics in the previous post :fpc:

I decided early not to move my hives for the "ling harvest" (at least this 1. year) , but rather concentrate on learning my bees, behavior,  reproduction ................. 2011874600_Skjermbilde2021-08-13kl_11_34_30.jpeg.ec43fc527dda17bcc7ac6b783eae0f68.jpeg

maybe try to expand and split the 2 in to 4 hives...... I never got to the point of producing my own queens, as the equipment needed for that, arrived to late in the season (so that's next years assignment now) .

I have kept stacking new boxes on the 2 hives, so to keep up with the space demand and to avoid swarming, at this point in time I'm at 5flors or boxes on both. IMG_1426.thumb.jpeg.0bfec4a419c4fbae5764fb85c3e04198.jpeg 

 

I'w watched a ton of youtube videos, read numerous  books, blogs and articles on apiculture, alongside attending classes & excursions.

Should have started years ago with this what a trill :bow:

I'w bought loads of used equipment to process the honey, but I have not yet decided how to go about it, or method of choice. I have collected a bit of the "wild build" honey, and just pressed it out of the comb by hand.  

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In my latest box/floor addition to the hives, I decided to try using a wood stick in every second spot replacing the traditional  frame.

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I'll get back with a revue on that experiment later 

cheers

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