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#476

nucopia
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From: lake mac , NSW
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13 September 2019 11:56 am

Billy wrote:
Manpa wrote:

Can I ask, what is foulbrood?

I had no idea myself Manpa, but while we are waiting for an answer, I found this:

https://beeaware.org.au/archive-pest/eu … ad-image-0

Thats it , nasty stuff when it infects a hive the other beekeeper and I think the infection was in its early statges and not yet infecting all the brood combs so we hoped we could remove the infected combs and seperate them from the uninfected combs ,locate the queen and save the hive.
But we couldn't locate the queen up between the ceiling and floor bords of the house , we assumed she had gone further in where we could not reach.
. We wanted to locate the queen, so we could put her in a box with a few uncapped frames that the friend had that morning uncapped and removed the honey ( one of his own hives) and hopefully coax the rest of the hive to join her in the box , but that proved impossible.
Only good result, was that I was able to harvest about 8 kg of honey ? and some wax.
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#477

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13 September 2019 02:39 pm

Good stuff Mackka. You’ll enjoy the stuff straight from the hives. Sorry Manpa, we should have explained the disease. Thanks Billy for providing the link. There is a more serious foulbrood disease called American Foulbrood. Again , it is very infectious and can wipe out all of your bees. This disease is one that requires you to report it to authorities and the general control method is to kill infected hives, burn and bury all hive material. I had a couple of hives become infected with European fb a few years ago. One hive was too far gone so the bees paid the ultimate price. Equipment was then cleaned and sterilised. Was able to save the other hive by compacting the bees into one box. Removed the infected combs and fed the bees. As the hive was then much smaller in physical size, the bees were able to control the disease and eventually overcame the problem. From memory, it was a very wet spring. Poor nutrition and high humidity levels enabled the foulbrood to develop.


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#478

Manpa
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13 September 2019 05:06 pm

No need to be sorry Lesgold, interesting reading, I had never heard of it. Learn something new everyday. big_smile


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#479

Hard Luck
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03 October 2019 08:08 pm

Yesterday my eldest called me at work asking if I have any bees in the backyard..derrr, no I do not.
Anyway, seems a swarm of them decided to settle in the shed. Couldn't be bothered looking last night but checked not long ago and there are quite a few of them. I've captured smaller swarms that went on to become bad bees..hahaha

Hopefully they'll still be there Saturday as I'll get another hive and move them on in there.
Looks like they are settling ok for the time being making comb and all.

Sigh....didn't really want another hive as the four I have are enough for me. But I'll see how it goes. When I requeen this bunch I may sell the hive and colony.

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#480

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03 October 2019 08:19 pm

Cool

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#481

Lesgold
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03 October 2019 08:36 pm

Good onya Hard Luck. A freebie coming your way. You never know. The boss lady may be a quiet, polite and helpful girl. You won’t know for a couple of months. That time of year has started again. It’s sooooo dry here that the build up has been slower than expected. Swarming won’t be far away however. Hive inspections will be more regular now to help with the problem. Gold prospecting tends to suffer at this time of year.

Cheers

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#482

Hard Luck
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03 October 2019 09:03 pm

Hi Les,
She seems ok so far. I didn't interfere too much. Just a wisp of smoke. Didn't get 1000 bees trying to kill me as per my other hives. See how things go on Saturday. I'll requeen asap anyway.

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Lesgold
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04 October 2019 08:27 am

Just noticed something about where the swarm settled. Is that your honey press in the box that the bees swarmed to? Looks like they were attracted by the smell of the honey.


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#484

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04 October 2019 08:59 am

Got a nice little swam settled on a tree branch. Don't have a hive to transfer them too though. Probably move on when the sun gets on it. 1570139917_img_20191004_072657.jpg

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#485

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04 October 2019 09:19 am

We had a swarm settle on our clothes line a few years ago. Couldn't go near the line for over a week. Rang a beekeeper and was told they will rest there for a while as they did and when they find a better place for a hive they will move on.
My wife didn't mind having no washing to place on the line for that period of time. smile smile sad


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#486

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04 October 2019 09:55 am

Wow more honey been making.. Yummy

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#487

Manpa
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04 October 2019 11:26 am

The bees have been very active the past week in our yard, I love watching these little critters go about their business collecting pollen, their pollen sac swollen and yellow. I couldn't even see the pollen on the tree they were collecting it from. big_smile


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#488

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04 October 2019 07:36 pm

Lesgold wrote:

Just noticed something about where the swarm settled. Is that your honey press in the box that the bees swarmed to? Looks like they were attracted by the smell of the honey.

It sure is Les. I cleaned that till it shone. Obviously they were attracted to it. I know I shouldn't but I've put out a bit of honey in the shed. Been a really cold and damp day here. I want them to hang around till I capture them. smile

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#489

Hard Luck
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06 October 2019 07:34 pm

Got them into the hive Saturday and they seem to have settled in ok. First time ever I found the queen so quick. They had made 3 combs and I thought she'd be hanging around in there but after shaking them in I saw her in the corner of the box.
Looked like she was ready to take of. Scooped her up and put her in the hive.
Cheeky buggers.

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#490

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06 October 2019 08:38 pm

Hi Folks,

Just like Hard Luck, I got my first swarm today. It’s been a hard week weatherwise. Windy and cool for days on end so the hives were left alone. Had to drop the grandkids back to Canberra after babysitting for a week. Today was the first really warm day that we’ve had. Got to about 27 degrees with very little wind. Noticed the swarm as I was coming up my driveway after the trip home. Anyway, I decided to film it on my phone and post it on YouTube. Checked them right on dark and they were all tucked up in bed. Will move the box early in the morning before they start playing. Hope you enjoy the clip. Sorry about the poor lighting and sound. Sometimes these things are out of your control.

Cheers

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06 October 2019 09:48 pm

Nice going Les. And great vid.
I've captured a couple of swarms now and i remember when I first started out trying to move an established colony into a hive. They were in an irrigation valve box. Farmer said they had been there for years.
Tried about 5 times in a week to get them into a hive. Every time I thought they were settled I'd leave them. Come back next day and back in the irrigation box they were.
Came back on the final day and they'd gone. Got sick of me. They were a gentle colony and great to work with.
Honey was the darkest I have ever seen.
I'm still an amateur at this hobby and I love honey.

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#492

Lesgold
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06 October 2019 10:00 pm

That’s a good size hive. There’s no guarantees when it comes to boxing a colony (especially when they are established in a location) It’s all good fun though. Gee that honey was dark. Looks a bit like Manuka honey (sorry we’re supposed to call it that are we.) Looks like your swarm has settled in well. If the queen is quiet, breeds well and the hive produces lots of honey, she may end up as a keeper.


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#493

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10 October 2019 12:59 am

after hearing the not so good news on radio from the president of the apiarists association on how the drought is affecting the bee keeping industry, they need water, and lets not forget the bushfires that destroyed the native forests, so the other news related to the almond plantations, no bees to pollinate, no almonds. the man said that the follow on effect will last for 7 or 8 years , ok so i asked a friend how many hives do you have,,,, answer had 40 now got 1, why blame poison in orchards that affect the bees the demand for queens by the USA their bee's have been devastated by a disease and we got the hive beetle that needs to be watched bee keepers prefer native forest so their bees don't get poisoned by chemical spraying , so there another side to bee keeping we don't hear much about just a comment , anyone hear the same rumours

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#494

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15 October 2019 10:27 am

Well i'm retired from beekeeping aren't I ? Just waiting to be picked up by a couple of locals to go and check their Hives and I'm really looking forward to it.I'll try to remember to get some pictures for the forum.


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#495

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15 October 2019 11:01 am

I don't pick them till after they have had their moring tea/brunch.

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I don't normally grow lots of flowers but found bedraggled punnet of poppies at bunnings for 50 cents and now my wife has cut flowers for the family room

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#496

Lesgold
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15 October 2019 10:16 pm

The hard times in relation to drought can have other impacts as imagoldenoldie2 has mentioned. Been a bit lucky in the sense that we’ve had about 25mm of rain this month but the bees are still suffering. Won’t be much surplus this year as nothing will be flowering. Need to leave as much honey in the hives as possible to help them through this tough time. Spring build up has been slower than normal this year. I feel sorry for beekeepers and farmers out west of the divide. They have been struggling for quite a while now and summer hasn’t even started.


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