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Apiary #5: Bees are doing great

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 06-20-2014 01:17 AM 988 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Second deep body built, help on the way Part 5 of Apiary series Part 6: Notes on Feeding »

I met a guy at the local farmers market who’s been keeping bees for 20 years and he happily agreed to come over and do a hive inspection with me to make sure everything is going right with the bees. He gave me some good pointers and said my bees are in great shape and ready to explode with new population. We added another deep body hive box and a feeder box on top. They’re eating up 2-3 cups of sugar syrup per day right now, and when the new brood starts to hatch, they’ll be eating a quart a day.

I need to get busy making a couple more boxes. I also need to adjust my telescoping cover lid because it fits a little too tight. If I can’t sand it down to fit better, I may cut a notch in it to make it easier to pry off.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.



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freddy1962

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 02:40 AM

Enjoy your posts. Please keep them up. I’ve been thinking of getting into beekeeping for many years.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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Roger

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 11:45 AM

Gr8 stuff Matt. Bee’s are best

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ronniebo

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 03:30 AM

Matt,
Great to see someone else into bees.
BUT—-why are you feeding the bees so much at the beginning of spring??
Why not just get them into foraging for themselves and the honey will taste even sweeter

I got caught up in too many other bits `n pieces this autumn and so have left all the honey on for the winter, and that was even after buying a motorised radial 6 frame reversable extractor for $1000.00 during summer.
I`m sure they won`t mind.
Ron in Hobart Tasmania

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CueballRosendaul

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 01:10 PM

Feeding for a new colony in our region is absolutely necessary. I started this colony from a five frame nuc just a few weeks ago and they’re very weak and have little to no food stores. Feeding sugar syrup encourages them to draw comb which the queen will lay more eggs in to build the colony faster. In addition to encouraging them to build faster, the close food supply also saves them thousands of miles of flying and ensures that they can make it through a rainy cold spell. We just had four days of rain and temps in the 50’s. If I hadn’t been feeding them, they may have had a starvation problem.

On a totally unrelated note, I just googled “Hobart Tasmania” and after the wikipedia listing, the first result was about a nude winter solstice swim: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-22/hobart27s-winter-solstice-nude-swim-attracts-700/5541734

I looked up your location to actually check the climate, and as I suspected, you are much warmer than us here in Michigan. We really need to have strong colonies going into the fall, or the colony will die off over the winter. Most of the people I’ve talked to this spring lost 90-100% of their colonies because we had such a long and brutal winter, the coldest in over 100 years. In January, the temperatures were in the single digits (F) the entire month, with night temps of -15 or colder. Your climate looks pretty awesome except those average temps in the summer (December-February) over 100°.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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ronniebo

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#5 posted 06-25-2014 12:59 AM

Well then Cueball,
Welcome to the weirdo beemob, You are certainly doing it tough and deserve respect for that.
To make you even more envious about where we live you might like to google the Peter Murrell reserve in Blackmans Bay, Hobart.
We live about 2 house blocks to the East of this and so our bees are extremely well fed pretty well all year.
And NO I was not in the mad bunch of nudists in the nude swim because I once earned a few bob as a ccommercial abalone diver here in Tassie and earned my stripes all through winter for up to 6 hours a day in water at 11 Deg C.
Anyhoo, I will send a photo to you of our garden area and hives to better aquaint you with paradise.
Cheers Ron Booth

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CueballRosendaul

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 10:56 PM

Ron, Very cool place to be. I never realized that Taz was an island until I googled it for your location. Post a pic of your garden area in your workshop pics (of which you have none currently).

The bees are doing great and growing fast. I just saw them fight off a wasp tonight. One of my bees was on his back the second he lit at the entrance, got a good sting and bite and sent him over the edge. He was floundering on the ground when he met the business end of my walking stick.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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ronniebo

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 01:28 AM

Morning Matt,
I`m pleased you checked out our abode.
I`m having some difficulty loading fotos onto Lumberjocks because I`m a computer CRETIN.
Have you an email addre4ss that I can send stuff to.
Sunny Cheers
Ron B(ee)

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CueballRosendaul

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 01:34 AM

Ron, best email address for me is matt@greatlakeshomeperformance.com

Look forward to hearing from you.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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