Jan
01
2012
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Honey Harvest

Happy new year!

I did a very small (single frame) honey harvest on about the 17th December to get a couple of jars of honey for xmas gifts. I would have done more, but there was only one frame of fully capped honey – I gave it away and in no time at all had none for myself.

On the 30th December, I went out and managed to get two frames to harvest. Out of these two frames I got seven jars of honey – One of them disappeared before the photos below.

The honey is a very mild flavor, clear and runny. I’m pretty sure it’s clover and dandelion honey.

Written by John in: Bees |
Dec
17
2011
0

Bee Gallery

I took my Macro lens out to the apiary last week and tried to take some interesting photos of hive activity.

Here are some of the better results – Enjoy…

Written by John in: Bees |
Dec
07
2011
0

First super on a hive

My bees are a little late to build up for the season, mainly because three of the four hives are swarms I collected.

This hive is from the Nucleus I purchased

The hive from the Nucleus I purchased is another story – In the last few days the population has exploded and I’ve just put a super on it. This is the first super I’ve put on any of my hives and is the start of a Honey Era!

First Super. w00t!

 

Written by John in: Bees |
Nov
27
2011
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Still collecting Swarms

I managed to get myself on a number of swarm lists, one of which the Auckland city council seem to refer to when they get Bee related phone calls.

As of yesterday, I’ve now collected a total of three swarms and turned down the offer of another four or five swarms, mainly due to lack of equipment to keep them in!

A swarm I collected from a rubbish bin in Pukekohe

I’ve also purchased one Nucleus which is doing very well and will probably end up being my main Honey providing hive for 2011.

The swarm I collected yesterday ended up actually being a number of separate swarms, all in the same tree. I’m not sure if each swarm had a queen, so I’ll just have to wait a week or two and see what happens.

Written by John in: Bees |
Oct
24
2011
0

Fencing the Apiary

I’ve been very busy over the last few weeks fencing off an area for my apiary and collecting a couple of Swarms.

I hope to post some more bee info soon.

Written by John in: Bees |
Oct
18
2011
0

Moving the swarm to a bigger home

My bee suit arrived today so I was able to move the bees from their temporary five frame home into their final home.

While transferring them I managed to catch a glimpse of the queen, so she’s definitely in there.


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Written by John in: Bees |
Oct
17
2011
0

Bees arrive

I went and collected a swarm of bees yesterday. I was unable to confirm if the queen was in it, but the bees seem to be staying in the box, so she must be in there somewhere.

I collected them into a five frame Nucleus box. I’ll transfer then to their final home once my beesuit and smoker arrive.


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