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My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

I love beekeeping.  Even though I am still so new and feel like I am making more mistakes than not,  I love it.   The bees are wonderful,  the beekeeping is forever interesting and rewarding.   The community online is wonderful. So after the advice from a lovely gentleman in my beekeeping club in Katoomba ,  I ordered my new queen and have now installed her in a split hive.    I was worried about the chalk-brood in hive 2 and was…

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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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Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Last weekend I did another inspection – #7 since receiving my bees in January this year.   The last two I have enticed the entire family into helping so I can concentrate on just the hive.  So I have one person with me just on standby,  I have one of the kids taking photos, and one taking notes.    It was 18 degrees, and the bees were very active.  I did it at about 2pm.   My bees are so…

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Winter is coming

Winter is coming

  Now that Autumn is closing out and winter is well and truly on the way I am trying to work out the whole ‘should I feed my bees’ debate. I’ve read all sorts of differing opinions on this, the most consistent being that nearing winter a sugar syrup of 2:1 ratio doesn’t go astray. [That’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water – I made 1 kilo of sugar to 500ml of water].  It helps the bee’s build up reserves…

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My Queen

My Queen

My mentor from Orange who is arriving in about an hour to drop off my bees texted me a photo of my queen last night,  with the accompanying words – “your queen is in the lower left quarter just out of centre” I’ve done the hard work for you and pointed her out 😉