Goldie Inspection Part 2

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Well after seeing the Queen Cells in Honey1, I wanted to check Goldie. I didn’t finish the inspection last week because the Bees stop play by stinging me four times.

After listening to an Episode of The Organic Beekeeper podcast http://somdbeekeeper.com. I was inspired to try again, this time with a more calm and collected way.

I worked very slowly and calmly, I removed the two supers and then the upper brood, to work on the lower brood. The Upper brood is a full-sized box; I think the next hive I setup will have a ¾ upper brood. Much easier to lift off and move, hence less Bee Deaths when I put it back on the hive.

Anyway it went well and no Queen Cells found in the lower Brood, so all good. No need to do an artificial swarm that I had read up about.

I spotted some new eggs, the first time I have seen them in our Bee Keeping adventure, I then proceeded to drop this frame. Hopefully the Queen wasn’t on the frame, I couldn’t see her anyway. Hopefully she was in the upper brood and it all ok.

I only got one sting, when I was picking up the upper brood to put the hive back together. Which I have put some honey on.

So the calm approach seems to make the Bees less stressed, I must say in my opinion using a Bee Brush does annoy the Bees. Also I want to get a frame handle to make extracted the frames easier. I found that the Bees kept walking where I want to put my hands.

See ya…Gary

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About 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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2 Responses to Goldie Inspection Part 2

  1. Marcia says:

    Gary, I don`t wear gloves cause it makes it harder for me to feel what I am doing plus makes me slow right down and be very careful where I put my hands ! I do get stung, but not often as I am gentle and slow with the bees. I don`t use smoke much either, it tends to panic them and I want the experience to be as kind as possible. When I take a bar out of the TB hive they don`t seem to mind at all as I am not disturbing the whole nest by whipping their roof off.

    • kiwimana2 says:

      Hi Marcia, I am Gary’s partner Margaret and Gary has told me about your blog…so of course went and had a look….its a really great blog love the photos and the stories. I love the natural way that the TBH’s let the bees create their comb, works of art ! We are still learning new things ….

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