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Honey Comb Harvest #1, (or Broody, moody, and cross bees for #2)

Honey Comb Harvest #1, (or Broody, moody, and cross bees for #2)

I haven’t updated all Summer! I can’t believe it.    I thought I had, but it appears not. Now let’s see.  I had a disaster with my nuc hive in November.   I had put it on the wrong slope and the water wasn’t draining, and it was a putrid disgusting stinking mess when I opened up the hive for the first time after installing the nuc.  The base of the hive was full of muddy water with disgusting larvae…

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Incredible things come in small packages ( or Nuc Nuc , who’s there?)

Incredible things come in small packages ( or Nuc Nuc , who’s there?)

Finally I have a new blog post.   Several reasons lay with my quietness over winter.   It was winter! and things were quiet.  The blog admin site when down and I couldn’t update for a while, and finally a bit of laziness set in! So my update – The bees exploded late August into September and I can tell over the last three weeks how incredibly packed the two hive boxes are of bees.  I didn’t feed them at all, and…

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First Solo Flight (and over-wintering my bees)

First Solo Flight (and over-wintering my bees)

Yesterday I did the full brood inspection as required by NSW regulation for beekeepers in Autumn.   There is a great pamphlet here from the NSW Govt on how to over-winter  bees.  Over-Wintering bees is the name given to preparing your hive for winter.   The first step is a full brood inspection of every frame to check for disease, whether there is healthy colony,  ensure there is a queen and check the bees have enough honey (food) stores for the winter months to…

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The Sun, The Bees. (Raindrops keep falling on my head)

The Sun, The Bees. (Raindrops keep falling on my head)

It’s been the wettest March on record, so much rain, that the people of NSW eastern seaboard are slowly withering in to a wet clump of humanity.    I’ve check on the bees every day and they were barely leaving the hive.  The flow box was so wet the wood was swelling and it was almost impossible to remove the observation door.    But when the sun came up this morning, there was a universal hallelujah across Katoomba, and the…

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The big inspection (and a broken heart)

The big inspection (and a broken heart)

On Saturday I planned my first big inspection since my Flow frames have been at bee capacity.   So many things I wanted to check, but the main over riding thing was – do I have too many bees?   I have wondered for a few weeks now if I am at capacity in my hive, and feel like the proverbial rabbit in headlights with not knowing what to do.  What I have done so far is actually nothing.    …

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Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Oh my.   Finally, almost a year to the day when I first received my nuc and set up my flow hive – I’ve done an inspection and there are frames of capped honey. (pictures below).   Luscious white capped cells of honey.  For so long I’ve been waiting to do an inspection and find capped honey.   I was almost beginning to worry the poor girls where incapable, and worried about what they were going to feed on over…

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Buzzing bees (and my excuses for killing some)

Buzzing bees (and my excuses for killing some)

Today was around 21 degrees celsius and mostly sunny.   It has been very hot just after Christmas getting above 30 degrees celsius   and then cooler,  misty, rainy for a few days.  Today was however perfect so I did a follow up inspection to one a couple of weeks ago when I was concerned about the wax moth larvae I found.    Thankfully I saw absolutely no evidence of anything this time.    The inspection went well.   I found the…

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Bees are good, moths are bad.

Bees are good, moths are bad.

Last week I did an inspection.    After putting the super on – I wanted to see if everything was ok. I’ve read that it’s not uncommon that a new beekeeper will not get honey in their first season.    So patience is essential.  Given it was January 2016 (southern hemisphere) when I received  my nuc – I’m still not sure if I have done one complete season or just a kind of half season. I’m now into the second…

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Super Duper.

Super Duper.

I’ve put the super on today.  I’ve waited for this moment for 11 months so am a little excited.   putting the super on is nothing more than putting another box on top of the bottom box and took about 30 seconds.   It’s great how something so simple can reap much joy!  The super is the part with the Flow Hive System which is different than Langstroth hives.  It’s the part that has the plastic frame/hive system that ultimately the…

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I have done a Beekeeping course….finally (or patience is a virtue).

I have done a Beekeeping course….finally (or patience is a virtue).

I have finally done my beekeeping course.   About 10 months after I first received my nuc,  I turned up last weekend to Doug Purdie’s (from The Urban Beehive) course.  Joint owners of the business Vicki and Doug keep about 100 hives all over rooftops and urban backyards in Sydney.   The course was a one day everything course.   First half of the day was theory and the afternoon was practical.   I chose this one because I liked his…

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