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Time: August 23, 2015 from 11am to 12:30pm
Location: Lissa's garden
Street: ADDRESS SENT TO GUESTS 18.08.15 Msg Lissa if not received.
City/Town: Strathpine
Phone: 0414 445 581 Lissa
Event Type: hive split
Organized By: Lissa
Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2015

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Event Description



Bob Luttrell (Bob the Bee Man) is coming along to split my Tetragonula carbonaria stingless native bee hive.

There is the added bonus of tasting some of the honey harvest from Bob's experimental honey supers.

I'm not as au fait of the language of beekeeping as Bob, so will let him explain in his own words what will be happening:

It would be good to do your division and conversion, plus honey collection for the group (BLF). Sounds like a great idea, I am more than happy to do the split and supply the box. I can convert the box to separators.

I would plan to do the split, and the conversion to separators of your box. Normally one would not do the honey harvest at the same time, but this is so minimal impact that I believe it will not affect the bees.

I will leave one colony so it can be viewed through the panel, to the brood growing upwards, though at the current temperatures, they are likely to close off for a bit.

I will do some Brazilian additions to encourage that upwards growth, a bit of honeybee foundation.

Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

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Comment by Lissa on August 24, 2015 at 6:43

Lovely pics :D

We have enough now to create a report in the GV group. See HERE.

There were a lot of photos taken on the day - if anyone cares to share please add them to the report. Thank you. Great day!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2015 at 20:33

The aim of Bob's equipment is to decrease bee deaths during harvest.  Although Bob thought he could have done better, there were in fact very few dead bees at the end of the process.  I'll put up a link to the video of Bob's presentation as soon as I get it done. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2015 at 20:31

The centerfuge:The final product:

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2015 at 20:28

It was extremely helpful Lissa. Thanks for going to so much work to organise this one.

Here's Bob in action:

A look at the hive:

Patented honey pot puncher (opens the honey pots for emptying):

The "invention" - a specially made frame structure which ensures the honey pots are made to exactly the right size (for the pot punch).

The centerfuge which spins the honey out of the pots:

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2015 at 17:16

Elaine - Andy says he will scan the item when it comes out.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on August 23, 2015 at 16:46

Thanks Lissa, great morning and so interesting to see inside the hive and have Bob explain what was going on.  Now I just need to save enough money to get one for here

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 23, 2015 at 16:30

Great! Snag with the Quest papers is that most likely only your edition will have the item. Any chance of scanning the page for all of us to enjoy?

Comment by Janet Fong on August 23, 2015 at 16:24

Thanks for sharing your delicious and expensive honey. The session was quite informative and educational. It was fascinating to look inside a hive.

Bob said he may have some hives for purchase after October.

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2015 at 14:21

What a success!! Best morning ever. Turns out I have some kind of hybrid bee in my hive but we need to do DNA tests to prove who the "parents" are.

Bob split my hive and we harvested honey (now worth $200kg he tells me) an everyone had a taste off the table or on some ice cream.

Andy has videoed the whole event. Once it has been edited and passed inspection with Bob it can be posted on this site. Look out in the Quest paper for photos and hopefully an article also.

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2015 at 9:41

Never mind Rob. Andy will take a video of it so everyone can see what goes on.

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