Bee Hive

March 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Last Wendnesday evening I installed my first bee hive. I purchased the hive from Morayfield Aparies located about 30 minutes north of me. The owner, Bill, had not too long ago made up a new hive that needed 2 more frames added to fill the 10 frame deep. Bill recommends using 9 frames in a 10 frame super so I went with that. He made me a new hive and added 2 new frames for the bees to use. A week later I went up just on dark and collected my hive together with an excellent booklet Bill wrote for new hive owners. The new bees I got are Cordovans. When I got home I placed the hive on the position I had ready for it and opened the closed entrance so the bees could exit in the morning.

The new bee hive

The next morning the bees were doing orientation flights. By Friday they were flying everywhere gathering pollen. I opened the hive and did my first inspection yesterday. One of the new frames was already mostly full of eggs and honey and the other new frame of foundation was about 20 percent full of honey. Bill tells me I need to add another super next weekend! I noticed about 5 small hive beetles which are a terrible destructive pest now all throughout Australia so I killed those I saw and added a small hive beetle trap from Apithor Harbourage. Later that afternoon I noticed a few small hive beetles around the hive. Next day I opened the hive again and found none so it looks like the trap is doing it’s job. I found one small hive beetle dead on the ground near the entrance. Like all bee keepers in Australia I will have to manage this pest carefully. I am adding a special bottom board trap after Easter which allows the beetle to seek shelter from the bees which will chase it and they go through the grill on the bottom board into an oil filled trap. This bottom board has received good reports from local keepers.

I spent a few hours over the weekend watching my bees work and really enjoyed myself.

Bees at the entrance to the hive

Bees on a hot day

Fanning entrance to hive

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Wineglass youngsters

December 1, 2012 2 comments

The second batch of chicks from my Wineglass strain of Oxford Old English Game in my last post are now 8 weeks old and growing like beans. I also have some broody hatched chicks out but they are left to run at will and unfortunately I cannot get close enough to get a picture of them yet with my injured leg (which is now starting to heal quite well). For these chicks which were incubator hatched and are being raised in a coop I give them a treat every weekend. They love apples, oranges, bread, tomatoes and carrots. I keep their water clean and have two waterers at all times with them. We are in summer now and if there was a problem with a waterer while I was at work it could spell disaster so for the young ones I always use two. I have a standard 5 litre waterer as well as one I use for my gamefowl that will stay relatively clean at all times. The normal waterers that have the trough near the ground quickly get fouled. As a second waterer I use a 2 litre plastic orange juice container and cut a triangular hole in it half way up (depending on the size and reach of the chickens). It is easy to fill and all you do is put the top back on and you have a decent secondary waterer. Of course once the water level drops too far they can’t reach it so this is why it is the secondary waterer. What it does do however is stay nice and clean as rubbish is almost impossible to be kicked into it. You can even hang them further off the ground or above a perch which is the best setup once the chicks are flying. Now for pics of the youngsters.

Wineglass Pullet

A very pretty little Wineglass pullet

A good Wineglass pullet

Another pullet looking good

One of the Wineglass stags

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Chicks out of Brooder

November 17, 2012 2 comments

My second hatch of 9 Wineglass chicks are now out of their brooder and into their outside “big boys & girls” coop as of last Sunday. At 5 weeks of age and with the temperate climate here they were more than ready. I have a picture of them below huddling intheir nest box just as they were going to sleep on their first night. There are nine of them in there somewhere.

After almost a week outside they have developed remarkably both in terms of growth and also in their mental and physical attributes. They are now running around their coop scratching and flying around and looking very healthy. It won’t be all that long until I have to move them into a bigger coop but this one is perfect right now for them. I have them right outside the kitchen so I can keep an eye on them.

Wineglass chicks

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