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Collingwood Children's Farm Apiary Sunday 24 June 2012

2012.06.24
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Celebrating Black Caviar's UK win overnight.
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a male Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) sighted near apiary.
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Japanese visitors.
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Bernie with Tasmanian Visitors.
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The apiary at the end of the day.
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Notes for Sunday 24 June 2012

The apiary is managed by the Victorian Apiarists' Association Inc (Melbourne Section)
Apiary email: collingwoodbees@gmail.com
You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/collingwoodbees

General comment.
Because of the cool weather only supers were inspected today. (See April 22 for more detailed notes.)
A moderate number of bees were leaving the hives and returning with nectar and a little pollen. As for the last six weeks, the observation hive and hive weighings indicated that honey was being consumed rather than made.
The relative weight of each hive was determined by lifting the hive from with a spring scale.
About 50 visitors inspected the display caravan particularly in the warmer afternoon.

Hive 1 (furthest from the caravan display) had a new marked Italian queen on 26 September 2010 but this swarmed in November 2011 and was replaced by a virgin queen.
The hive has one brood box and one full depth super. Its relative weight was 18 which was a loss of 2 units over the last fortnight. Box 2, with collected nectar and about 2 frames of honey, was left on the hive.

Hive 1A has one brood box and one ideal super.
It was introduced to the apiary by the Department of Primary Industries on 17 May 2011 to detect varroa. Requeened on Nov 1 with an unmarked Italian queen (from T&M Weatherhead, Qld). Its relative weight was 14.5 which was a loss of 1.5 units over the last fortnight. Box 2 was removed. Its relative weight is now 12.5.


Hive 2 had a new Italian queen on 26 September 2010. Replaced by a virgin queen in November 2011. It now one brood box and one full depth super. Its relative weight was 17 which was a loss of 2 units over the last fortnight. Box 2 was removed. Its relative weight is now 11.

Hive 3 has one brood box.
Requeened on Nov 1 with an unmarked Italian queen (from T&M Weatherhead, Qld).
Its relative weight was 12.5 which was a loss of 1.5 units over the last fortnight. Maybe will need a little dry sugar.

Hive 4 now one brood box and one full size super. It was requeened on 26 December 2010 with an unmarked Carniolan queen from Ross Woods, NSW.
Its relative weight was 20 which was a loss of 1.5 units over the last fortnight.
Box 2 had nectar and about 5 frames of honey which were covered by a white bloom.

Hive 5 had an unmarked Italian queen (from T&M Weatherhead, Qld) on 30 November 2010. On Nov 1 it was split into two hives.
Hive 5 (front position) is a ten frame hive with one brood box and one super.
Its relative weight was 22 units which was a loss of 1.5 units over the last fortnight. Box 2 had nectar and about 5 frames of honey which were covered by a white bloom.

Hive 5 (rear position)
Single box. Old queen was transferred to this box on Nov 1. Its relative weight was 11 which was a loss of 1 unit over the last fortnight. Newly hatched bees orientating in front of hive.

Hive 6: is a 4 frame, three box, demonstration hive with perspex windows on one side. Requeened on Nov 1 with an unmarked Italian queen (from T&M Weatherhead, Qld). Honey has been consumed since the previous fortnight. Newly hatched bees orientating in front of hive.

Regular Hive openings: Second and fourth Sunday of each month
Next Openings:
Sunday July 8
Sunday July 22
Sunday August 12
Sunday August 26
Sunday September 9

Victorian Apiary Association (Melbourne Section) Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month (except December) from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Trinity Grammar School, corner of Cotham Rd and Charles St, Kew (next to municipal library)
Next Meetings: 28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November.


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