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Beez pleezz

Discussion in 'Gardening With Animals' started by Trish Stretton, May 7, 2019.

  1. Sep 10, 2019
    flowerbug

    flowerbug Garden Addicted

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    does that big top have to be lifted off of there? if so, you may want to figure out some hinges on the back and a handle on the front to give you some leverage as that looks pretty heavy... before the bees arrive and get settled in... :) otherwise, just ignore me, it looks very nicely done and i hope it lasts you a good long time!
     
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  2. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:37 AM
    Trish Stretton

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    Good spotting Watson!!!
    Yep, I have handles somewhere, a matching pair, just got to remember where I last saw them. This is the reason why I decided on having the thicker ply on top. The first one was only thin, maybe three ply and would not have stood the test of time.
    Meanwhile, I started painting it. I cant help but hang onto things that might come in handy, so this paint- in your face white is enough to do at least two coats.
    To be honest, I think I will need to add a little something to it cos its Bright!!

    I was actually able to inspect the hive today, went outside and oh my! warm,still, no clouds so I grabbed the smoker stole some embers from the fireplace to start it with, raced it outside before the smoke alarm went off and donned on my jacket.
    My dog knows now that when he sees this happening, its a good time to go in side.

    I had to turn all the frames around and move them from one end of the hive to the other, making sure they were lined up properly. This is because the entrance they are using will be too small for summer- it was almost too small for Spring, with big traffic jams.

    Everything went really well, tons of pollen, capped brood. Nice pattern of uncapped brood and I obviously leave a bit too much honey for over wintering cos they still had alot of capped honey from last year.
    I didnt see the Queen and I didnt see any eggs, but I wasnt really looking for either this time. With all this pollen coming in, its a sure bet there is a Queen, so one less thing to worry about.

    Now I just need some nice weather so my AFB inspector can come over to do my legally required AFB inspection. If I didnt work weekends, I could do the course that would allow me to do my own. For now, I am glad to have somebody else do this. I think all new beekeepers should have somebody else do this for a few years, then do it under supervision before being let loose on the world, but thats just me. I wont be able to do my course for at least 2 -4 (hopefully) years.

    I still have a big window to split the hive in two, at least til the middle of December.

    Now I am working on shaving down the frames so they are only 32mm wide and inserting small cell plastic foundation into these...and waxing them. I have a sore index finger from finger-painting almost melted wax onto to some frames.
     
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