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Goldie inspection and New Nuc Box

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Happy New Year everyone, Inspected Goldie today as it was a nice day. Today’s goal was to replace some of the frames that were falling apart in the lower brood.

Not a good inspection to be sure, managed to get stung four times during the inspection. So didn’t inspect all the lower brood, had to run to house to cry :).

Anyway the top super was pretty full of honey, not much of it capped today.

The upper brood was mostly capped honey for the Bee’s to enjoy over winter, the lower brood has some good brood. Didn’t spot the queen today, but did see lots of brood so pretty sure she is around.
Managed to drop a couple of frames, which didn’t please the Bee’s much so I think that added to the aggression from the girls.

The queen excluder was pretty caked with comb, which I scrapped off. But the Bees had laid some brood in this comb. Which was destroyed when I removed the excluder to check the brood frames?

I added another super on top; hopefully this will help this with the crowding issues. This box was just blank frames, not drawn out comb.

Also removed two frames of brood and one capped honey and have created a new NUC box “New Hive Called Mokoroa”, not sure if this will work.  But keen to see if they will create a new Queen for the new hive.

The first frame fell apart, so couldn’t repair this managed to fix up another frame after shaking off the Bee’s.  But lesson learnt that you should always wood glue your frames and use at least two nails per side. The extra weight of the honey kills frames with only one nail. The frame does have some capped honey so will remove it to see what it tastes like.

The Bees are eating it at the moment, will go back after dark. Don’t want another sting today. Will go and tend to my wounds now, got a sting right on the end of my nose which bloody hurt.

No photos today sorry, next inspection 15 Jan 2010.

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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