Bee stuff

October 16th, 2007 by Scott

Well, Terry has expressed interest in bee stuff and I thought I’d update you all on what is going on. This weekend I caught three swarms. I’ll put some picture up in the gallery for you to look at (Ian, insert link here) but the gist is that I have a bunch of important things to do ASAP.

  • Each hive needs a complete AFB inspection (every hive every cell)
  • Re-queen – each hive gets a new queen every spring. The poor WX means I’m about a month late. They are costing $20 per this year and next year I might even try to raise my own.
  • Move hives to their summer areas. Now, this is complicated by having three hives belonging to a new beekeeper and he lives at the north of the city (about 40 minutes away). I’ve been on his back to find a home for his hives near to his place but he has not come through so I’ve found a place and will take the hives out this week. Monday night I dropped a nuc box of bees off on his doorstep to remind him to get on with it … My hives will go to Ruby Bay and I’ll keep one or two at home. In a few week I’ll put on the honey boxes and let them have at putting up honey.

What else do you want to know Terry?

One Response to “Bee stuff”

  1. Terry Says:

    Lots of stuff’:

    1/ How do you inspect for AFB…what are you looking at that tells you there is a problem?

    2/ Are there people charging to bring their bees to agriculturalists? Like the migrating beekeepers in the US.

    3/ What happened to the All Blacks? (oops sorry about that question).

    4/ Does the old queen croak on her own or do the bee peons just kick her out in the cold? (you might have told me this once, but I forgot).

    5/ So how close are you to where the home grown ecoterrorists and Maori separatists were having their war games?

    6/ What happened to the All Blacks (oops sorry again).

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