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Perth (WA, AU) Flowhives and honey flow

Thanks for the heads up guys, time to dust off the beequipment eh.

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It is amazing what a difference a 100km or so can make. Looking forward to when mine starting picking up like that

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Seems that way. My hive weight has been pretty stable, slightly up and down around the same weight, since about mid June. However, it’s now starting to look as though it’s going to be increasing and the improving weather only seems to be reinforcing the need for my first inspection of the season in the next week or two.

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That was my season last year. This year my big LL decreased by ~7kg over the last three months and ~2.4kg in the last month. Last year, because it was drier, it had already started to increase in weight because of the blooming weeds.

My other long lang with scales is only 16 frames built out (of 32) and so has responded proportionately to what the big 32 frame one has.

Adam

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Emptied out some honey tubs the other day and left the tubs outside. After a couple of days I was expecting to see bees cleaning the tubs up. Nope. Plenty of pollen coming in and apparently plenty of nectar also reflected by the weight increases mentioned above.
Looks like fine weather next weekend, time to crack the propolis for a peek me thinks.

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For anyone in the northern suburbs I’d give a strong suggestion you plan a hive inspection the first chance you get… Bit busy at the moment but I’ll post details when I get a chance.

… Basically, my hive now has my hybrid Super on it.

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Hi Alan, I did my inspection 3 days ago and found all frames 80% or more filled. Put the Flow super on straight after the inspection and today I notice major bee activity, preparing the comb for honey. All looking great.
This has all happened over the last week with all the sunny weather with bee activity increased 3 fold. Now hoping for a good flow this spring/summer.
Also it appears swarming season has started, I caught a small swarm for the local bowling club. I have them temporarily in a 4 frame nuc box while I get my 8 frame box ready. They seem to be happy enough and doing orientation flights. Cheers, G

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If anyone in the northern suburbs is curious my bees brought in 540g of nectar today, given the good weather.

You can take that as an indication of how your own hives might be going :slight_smile:

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That is good to know. Did you see how much that converts to overnight as they evaporate off the water?

Those near me may still be losing weight, mine are decreasing ~100g per day still with the odd positive one.

Adam

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Hi Alan, I have just put the flow hive on.
Lots of activity and orientation flights in front of the brood box, especially when the sun is out.
I will do an inspection next week.
Just looking at the activity on the landing board, there does not seem to a lot of pollen brought in. I don’t have any weight measuring equipment. G

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During night time hours, over the past few days, the incremental loss in mass is between 20-35% of whatever the days increase was.

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I’ll be interested to hear how your inspection goes.

I haven’t been back in since my inspection the other week. At the time I had plenty of pollen.

Based on mass increase they’ve potentially filled most of one flow frame. That being said, I had two empty wired frames they had to build out too… So if a flow frame is nearly full the current nectar flow is stronger than I think.

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