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chook-in-eire
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful pictures as always Bernhard.
Glad to see someone else growing the Three Sisters. Very Happy
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ehoneybees
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.
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hawkiye
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is awesome Bernhard! I love the hum of the bees I bet it is very therapeutic to fall asleep to them. Fantastic pictures thanks!
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that is one of the last days of 2012 where the bees can go out and fly! The kiwi leafes are withering and the geese are coming from the far North to overwinter in our local district.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkyPcL1GUgM
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just sharing some autumnous pictures. (While the bees stay home and sleeeep)






We got some Aussies visiting us! Laughing They are all over the house.


Uh, someone's still out. Bad luck.








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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote









Still there are flowers, but frozen a little...








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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinner is autumnous as well. Freshly harvest apple filled with walnuts and honey - all from the garden. Baked until soft in the woodstove.






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outriggerbev
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: attic hive Reply with quote

hey Bernhard-Merry Christmas to you and your colony-We are doing great-adding top bars and lots of building comb going on.bev dittberner.
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today between rain showers there were warm nice sunshine. The bees used the moments to fly for water as they did for the last couple of days. The dead bees were cleaned out already so little were seen today.

A straw bale turned out to be a perfect bee watering place. As the bale stood on it's side the rain was catched in the straw and warmed by the sun quickly. The bees really liked it. (Be aware that this is organic oat straw, no pesticides can be find in it).


Bird poo seems to taste as well...


The straw bales were clustered with bees.












The foam used to reduce as a windstopper in the entrances of some hives also received rain water.


There water has been collected, too.


Roses are budding.


Or didn't loose leaves at all.


First willow catkins do appear. Not many, though. But some.


There are not many blossoms. Bright yellow flowers the winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum).


The cherry blossoms for the next season. They are still sleeping.


Shot a short videos of the bees flying. I put my mobile phone with the camera right into the entrance of the hive. Bees were crawling all over it, so don't wonder about the sound. Also while cutting and merging the different videos into one I forgot the sound track, so sound might differ from the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3BGY1k7amM

Hope you still enjoy the sound of the summer...in the middle of winter. I enjoyed it and although it didn't last long, since the next rain shower ended it.

Bernhard
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Little Angel
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Joined: 26 Dec 2012
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing images. Very fascinated by the loft space beekeeping and would love to have a display hive in my living room as well. (Let's wait until I get some more experience...)

I am, however, getting a 404 (not found) error on the images posted the 27th. This coincides with the hosting site (http://immenfreunde.de/) being unavailable on the 28th.
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outriggerbev
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:24 am    Post subject: pics Reply with quote

great pics bernhard-put a vid on you tube of my attic hive a t https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdyf7H9-yzw
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one, I like it! Just make sure the mounting holds the weight of +100 kg.

Bernhard
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outriggerbev
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes -good solid mounting-thinking of making a second hive-shoul I do splits with this or what do i do to split two from one.bev-found a wax moth yesterday pulled the draw out of bottom and bees can get out of 6mm mesh i have as the bass-they just fly out the window.have you pics of your latest glass hive-bev
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
















Today's activity of my bees in warm 16 degree Celsius, full sun. See video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_P5UCKyfuo


Bernhard
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Lizbee
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Joined: 24 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow how many hives do you have now Bernhard?

In North East England the highest temperature near the coast has been 12C up to now.
I have just got my bees through winter, they were bringing in lots of pollen three days ago and I was wondering as the temperature is going to drop again if there is any possibility of them getting hungry.

Regards Liz
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they easily starve if there is no winter food left. So checking weight or combs for food available is a good idea after the bees went for their first flight in the year.

1/2 litre of handwarm sugar syrup is a good treat. It provides water to the hive, which they need urgently after wintering. It also brings inner warmth to their bodies, and some extra energy, so they can fly out for collecting pollen. They need water and pollen these days.

But feed just on flying days, of course. If temps drop suddenly, liquid feed wouldn't be good some days before. Make sure the feed is taken two days before flying temps end. Then add fondant on top.

If they do have a lot of honey left, you can scratch open some cells of one comb to help them along. This is equally a good treat to provide energy and let the small broodnest float in food. Bees often hesitate to open up capped honey combs, for whatever reasons.

Bernhard
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spring - finally!

Surreal - the blossom of Coltsfood.


First bumbles!


Bees go for Scilla.


Hopp!


Osmia cornuta.


Fighting over a blossom.


Cleaning of tongue during flight.


Blue pollen collected from the Scilla.
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Compared to last year, the same time, there were more bees in the hives. Less bees this year. Due to the prolonged winter. The bees did stop brooding during the cold spells, so mostly eggs in the hive. There will be a decline in bees until start of May, the population will build up late, so swarming will be late, too. Start of June or so.


First pollen and brood. Just small patches, lots of eggs though. The queen just started few days ago, when temperatures rised.


As you can see, no worries about pulling combs for inspections.

Bernhard
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MObeek
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bernhard,

In a Warre hive, have you noticed how the bees consume their honey during winter to early Spring? Do they start at the very top of the comb in the very top box or do they start from the very bottom of the comb at the lowest box?

Thanks for your response.
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends. Wink

Usually the bees move from bottom box upwards into the honey dome. Eating all their way to the top.

But if you create a small space above the upmost topbars and strongly insulate that space, bees very much like that top dome and do winter in it. I do winter bees that way in trough hives (T120) and those bees start early and strong. Situated in the upper part of their hives, the bees eat everything they can reach to - which is easy since they have access to all the stores from above on each and every comb. This setup makes them eat top to down. But once it gets warmer, bees remove the stores in the lower combs and bring it up.

In Dadant hives you can make use of the rearrangement during Spring, by putting all excess food combs behind a follower board, all the food they need, they bring back into the nest around the follower board (not a bee tight follower board). All the other combs that are untouched until the main flow, get thrown out and used for splits. This works horizontally and could be done in TBH, too, I suppose. Also works vertically. You need to reverse boxes or doing other tricks to achieve the same - if desired.

Bottom line: it really depends on the hive, winter setup and all. But the most usual direction is upwards.
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nietssemaj
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is all kind of awesome.

Great pictures as well.
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A selection of pictures from our primary spring blossoms.

Daffodils of course.


Violets.


Lesser celandine.




Deadnettles.


The pollen already trickles out of the flowers!


Bees go out for water - they hover all over the small ponds and puddles.




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even an ant is out in the sun on a small blossom of a rock garden flower.

Grape hyacinth.





Peach.


Nectarine!




Common lungwort.


Cherries are blossoming very soon.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhubarb! First rhuabarb compote and cakes soon, yummie!




Wild tulips.








Blossoms of currants.


Pear blossoms in waiting position.


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beeid
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

every thing in this thread is amazing , i don't know what i like more .. the plants , the bees or the hives Smile. the bees must luv being indoors .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The long late winter cold spell made the bees stop brooding, which is why there was no buildup of bee number up to now. This week the turnaround started and young bees hatch in greater numbers. Next week there will be even more bees hatching - up to 1,000 bees a day at the end of next week.

Time for nadiring or supering!

The peaches are in blossom. (As are cherries and rape/canola and so.)



Ein paar Bilder von der Umgebung.

Canola:


The other field of canola nearby is still green.


Cherries are in full blossom.


Almost.


Early splits.


Bees spill out of one hive. Too many young bees in there. Needed another box soon.


The bees work on their beloved drone comb.


That hive got a super today, since it wintered pretty strong. Stronger than the others.


All the other hives just start to get bigger. That is pretty late compared to last year. Normally I do depend on the early spring flow, so I am in trouble already for this year. Because everything is blossoming but the bees simply do not have the numbers. We'll see.

A short video from the late evening. One our before sunset.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey0t3BuBcAo
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canola is not in full blossom, 1/3 maybe.


Well, finally they're out in the sun, foraging...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfLRb_C09No

Most foragers are still winterbees, amazing that they still keep going. A lot of brood but very cold nights, down to +5°C. Some brood get killed in those nights. Hopefully night temperatures will go up next week.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bees in my attic do fine. Out in the apple blossoms.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zx7a7QZiMM

At night I can hear them fanning the nectar to dry it. It is not he load roar like in a full nectar flow. There was no rain for months now, here where I live. All is pretty dry. Cherries gave no nectar due to the draught, you could see no bee nor other insect in the cherries.

(Switchin the torch on/off. Listen to the fanning at midnight.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nHaL3CiQ5o

Bees start to build up and enjoy the sun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnnx7B3JPU0

Waiting for some rain, so the main nectar flow can be used.
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