Once again I organised the Flow Hive Course (No 2) with Stuart Anderson able to join us. And more fantastic feedback from the participants who are thrilled and grateful to learn beekeeping.
More honey than I want to extract. Here are the stickies back on the hive for the bees to clean up. 75kg this month!
Hard to keep the apiary under control. I keep grafting and splitting and every time I turn aroundthere are a few more nucs needing a home. Sure beats losing 30% every year to varroa like the Americans.
Requeening with Kangaroo Island queens. The Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden bees had gone a bit feral and started unprovoked attacks on the unsuspecting gardeners. So it’s down to me to sort it out. And did they let me know what they thought!. Found 3 of the 4 queens and replaced (over a 3 day campaign). The last one just shook out all the bees and left the brood over a queen excluder so the queen couldn’t get back.
Cutouts, I thought I was out of this business!
Northcote, possum box
Point Lonsdale, wine barrel
Cloake board to cause congestion in upper queen starting section
3 frame WSP observation hive under way. Design largely based on Bonterra Bees plans with adaptations to local hive and woodware dimensions.