It would be fair to say that there’s been a honey flow in my part of S.E. Qld., if these wax slabs are anything to go by. I’ve collected this pile at the rate of one a week since Christmas. I got to & scraped all the bottoms clean, before piling them up a few days ago. The top one weighs 6.5kg, the 4th one down 5.7kg. I think 6kg avg. would be close to the mark. It’s a combination of cappings, rendered frames & bur comb. Mostly cappings.
That is good reward for the effort Jeff, well done. I agree, it has been a pretty good Summer considering the lack of rain and what we have got is arriving after such a long dry spell.
Busy time with extracting right now between showers but it is great not sweating up so badly.
Yes for sure Pete, I was thinking that all the rain they forecasted last week would give me breathing space, but nothing doing. I think I’ll be robbing again this weekend, not to mention more splits. I’m just going to check out some photos Wilma took of a new queen. cheers
I have decided to become a hobby beekeeper. I’ve spent a month or so researching and last weekend bit the bullet and purchased my first nuc. It’s been an amazing experience so far.
I installed a nuc into my new flow hive brood box last weekend. I couldn’t find the queen and worse, couldn’t find any eggs. Lots of capped brood and a few larvae. Today I revisited to find the queen and was successful. It was a relief! She was dipping her abdomen into cells so I assume laying eggs.
I’m not sure if she is indeed laying or if I’m just very bad at finding eggs. Does anyone have any tips for spotting eggs?
They are difficult, and they are very tiny. If you need glasses for reading, you will need to wear them for spotting eggs. I find it helps to hold up a frame so that the light from the sun is shining from behind my shoulder, directly into the cells. Look in an area which has very small uncapped larvae in it.
The top photo in @JeffH’s post shows a beautiful queen, but if you look very carefully, you see an egg in the centre of each cell behind the queen:
I fully agree with @Dawn_SD. I bought myself a powerful LED torch for the purpose of spotting eggs. It shows eggs in the shade, in the absence of sunlight.
Sometimes when you see recently sealed brood in the middle of a frame, you will see younger brood, grading down to eggs towards the outside of the brood area on that frame, if that makes any sense.
Next time I see that I’ll get Wilma (my wife) to take a photo of it.
A big welcome to the forum and to bee keeping. This is a great forum for information and advice and even has local members to you if you need a bit of personal guidance. I’m at Coolum Beach and JeffH is at Buderim.
As Jeff has said an LED torch is a big help if you have to find the eggs but if you see larvae that is a start, after all eggs are very small so it might take some time to learn to see them.
Marking your queen is a big help when you need to spot her again, they are experts at hiding on the shady side of the frame. The only time I go looking for her if there is an issue with her and she needs to be replaced. If you see larvae you can be sure she was laying recently.
Lots of SHB(Small Hive Beetle) on the coast at the moment with the hot humid weather. Don’t add the Flow Super till the brood box is bursting at the seams with bees, they like to have a compacted hive. Here the bees will forage through Winter and you will find extracting in Winter when the hive is strong will happen, it is a great climate for bee keeping.
Thanks for the welcome Peter. I look forward to communicating further in future.
Hi Jeff. Thanks for the info. I heard about you before joining this forum. You’re a bit of a beekeeping legend in these parts! By the way, I live in Cotton Tree and my hive is in Tanawha. I look forward to catching up some time.
Thank you Keith, that’ll be good. cheers
Thanks for the tip @Dawn_SD . My hive is in dappled shade which doesn’t help. I’ll try your sun tip.
I’ve just seen the suggestion to reply to several posts at once. I’ll do that next time. Sorry for making a mess.
Welcome Keith. You’ve come to the right place! And to have some generous experienced keepers living in the same area as you who are so gracious in sharing their knowledge will make the experience that much better.
I’ve got hives in Palmwoods and Montville & it’s a great region to keep bees.
Welcome to your new obsession
It isn’t a mess Keith, it is the way to do it best on the forum. It is a year round area for bee keeping and bees do better with at least some afternoon shade rather than full sun, but with the recent heat wave weather the girls are a little reluctant to work, much like us.
@Mrsmcnic really nailed it calling bee keeping an obsession.
You have some very knowledgeable bee keepers near to you, don’t hesitate to ask for advise or even meet up for a bit of one on one chat and a coffee afterwards. You have facilities on the forum to send a personal message without disclosing phone numbers and address to the forum at large.
Thank you all for the encouragement. Every beekeeper I’ve met so far says they’re still learning so I can see I still have a long way to go!
I watched this TED talk last night and wondered why the topic of bee population decline is not more newsworthy. What do you think?
Here’s a link to the talk: https://bit.ly/1CAgZz1
I tried to open the link but got a fail Keith, can you check the link is valid for you?
The more you think you are understanding bee keeping the more questions come into your mind. I have several decades at it now and am surprised at what comes into my brain.
eg, Now I am experimenting with a solar powered fan that is thermostatically controlled in the hive lid to aid in cooling the hive exhausting the hot air.
The link is working for me @Peter48. Try this one: https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing?language=en
Your experiment sounds interesting. Maybe one day we’ll all be using your invention.
That link worked, that is so interesting and about Australia, there is some more on that site with logical explanations and common sense. Thanks for the link.
I have read in other posts recently that for some hives in SE QLD, queens are not laying at the moment. I’m having trouble finding eggs in my hive. This could be that my eyesight is just poor or it could be something else.
I bought a nuc with 4 frames full of capped brood and 3 empty frames. I added an additional empty frame to fill the box. The hive has been busy for 2 weeks now, mainly drawing out honeycomb. The capped brood is still capped. Could it be possible that there’s simply nowhere for the queen to lay her eggs?
Hi Keith, in this video at the 14 minute mark you’ll see how the queen has no control over how many eggs she lays.
My favorite beekeeping video, cheers