Varroa Count from Goldie

Last Updated Tuesday, May 14, 2013We checked the bottom board and we discovered seven Varroa mites in Goldie, which is a very low count for this time of year but we must keep an eye on these little mites. We also need to work out a way to control their numbers without using chemicals, not[…]Read More

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New Frame Jig

Last Updated Friday, March 16, 2012saw the plans for this on http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htmand deciding to make it. Made up 10 ¾ frames the other day much quicker than the old method, I would recommend anyone to make one up. Especially if you are using wooden frames and need to make up a few of them. The[…]Read More

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Screened bottom board, We made our first one

Last Updated Sunday, April 21, 2013 I finished our new Screened bottom board today, I added a Varroa Mite inspection mat that is just a piece of plastic. Part of the same sheet of plastic that is also the roof of our NUC box. The mat can be speared with a thin layer of Vaseline[…]Read More

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Honey 1 – Inspecting the merged hive

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012 I did a full inspection of the new merged hive today and all looked great, did spot a varroa mite on the back of one of the workers.  So will have to treat for them when the supers are all off. As described last week, the hive has three[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection…More Supers???

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012Time to inspect Goldie today, it was a hot day in the hills today with no rain so decided to inspect while I could.  It was windy but very calm in the Bee Garden area. The hive now has two full broods and three supers on top, all the supers[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection Part 2

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012Well 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[…]Read More

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Honey 2 – first inspection

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012Observed from a distance since being placed, honey 2 was quite quiet.  Over the following days you could see that there was more activity so I decided to inspect today. First frames are empty but the girls are definitely cleaning the foundation wax.  As I went further into the hive,[…]Read More

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Our First Extraction

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012Yesterday we inspected the Goldie hive, just checked the supers.  We were keen to see how the girls got on with capping some more frames of honey. (Double click on the images to enlarge) We managed to find only three frames that had over 80% capped honey on both sides,[…]Read More

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Goldie inspection and New Nuc Box

Last Updated Monday, December 31, 2012Happy 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[…]Read More

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