"I think you’re right Stevo. In the early days, I was getting inquiries from people who had ordered a flow hive and had no idea what to do next. So I emailed the flow guys suggesting they needed to emphasise beekeeping in their advertising…"
"Hi everyone, Firstly my disclaimer – I build and supply top bar hives and love them! I prefer them as they are close to being a natural environment and they are gentle on the bees (even when harvesting). The flow hive has arrived with much…"
"Hi Lissa, I just had a reread of your 22/12 post and it sounds like you added new bars into the brood. They would build new brood on these bars thereby pushing the existing brood further out. To maximise honey production, insert bars towards the…"
"Bees are at their least aggressive when swarming - no hive to defend, just looking for a new home. They park themselves for 2 or 3 days whilst scouting for suitable homes. During this period they are easily captured and rehomed with very little risk…"
"Absolutely agree Charles, but the Dept of Ag requires that "Honeybee colonies must be managed to prevent or minimise swarming". That's not really in the bees interests of course and if the bees swarm when we have our backs turned,…"
"Hi Lissa, Sounds like you and the bees are making great progress :)
Assuming you are adding new bars close to the ends of the hive and not into the brood, yes, you can harvest the honey bars towards the end. They are unlikely to swarm before spring…"
"Hi Lissa, Sounds like you're going well. remember mistakes are mandatory and the bees forget very quickly!
My philosophy is that if the bees want to put brood in all the bars, that’s a decision I’m not going to argue with. We…"
"Well done Lissa, it can be confronting and challenging to do your first inspection. There are no mistakes, you will get much more comfortable very quickly and the bees will forgive you!! So give yourself a pat on the back!
OK, to respond to your…"
Thanks for the friend request. It was great to meet you and Paul really enjoyed having a chat with you too. Cindy kindly brought some pigeon pea cuttings so I am going to plant them in the chook pen as you suggested (fenced off to preserve the roots!) Any time you are passing come in for a cuppa.