No Small Dreams
No Small Dreams
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01/06/2010
Submitted:
06/02/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Graceville, Queensland, AU
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http://nosmalldreams.net/
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Sub-tropical





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Posted by Tim Auld almost 9 years ago

Nine days after migrating the bees into their new hive and location, I opened up the hive to inspect their progress and give them some more space.

Through the week the bees appeared to be happily going about their business, flying out and returning with legs loaded with pollen. I was eager to see what they had done!

I was in for a treat - they were successfully building comb down from the two outside top bars that I had made available for them.

Their numbers seemed healthy, but I did see one small hive beetle. There were 7 dead beetles in the trap, 3 bees, lots of ants, a few flies and one moth larvae!

I gave them 3 new top bars to build from, which should last them a while, and opened up the remaining two entrances.

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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : Exciting stuff Tim. Will you leave the adapted frame in or remove it at some point? Do you start them with wax in a slot in the top bar?
Posted almost 9 years ago

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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : Tim next time you are down the Coast pop in so we can have a chat about this.It's a fantastic project.
Posted almost 9 years ago

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Tim Auld
Tim Auld : Hi Mark, good question! I want to get a Langstroth hive too, to gain experience, compare the differences, and split colonies off to sell with Lang hives. What I might do is keep the nursery frames in the top bar and transfer them across to populate the Lang when I get it and the top bar hive can take the loss. Basically the reverse of what I just did. Eventually I will remove the nursery frames and keep them handy in case I ever want to do a transfer either way. We put a wax foundation in the nursery frames, cut to size.

Vanessa - yes, will definitely catch up with you and chat about this sometime soon!
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