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Baiting a hive...when...what season?

 
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Craig Howard
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:02 pm    Post subject: Baiting a hive...when...what season? Reply with quote

Its mid winter in New Zealand currently. Mild frosts thru to 20 degrees C.

I have just completed my hive and it is in the garden "airing" and conditioning it self to lose the fresh timber and wood treatment smells. (Linseed)

Top bars are not installed and they are airing separately and waiting for me to apply some comb wax etc.

I am thinking 2- 3 weeks should air these things.

In the hope of attracting residents... when should I attempt to bait the hive?

The hive is situated amongst trees and shrubs that I know attract bees when they are in flower. No flowers at the moment apart from daisies that appear in the lawn. I see the occasional bee on the property and I expect blossoms to develop around here August / September.

Tips on baiting would also be appreciated. Thanx.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If short if the hive is empty bait it as soon as bees are flying until they aren't.

Just keep half an eye to wax moth and wasp.

best of luck
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Craig Howard
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense. Thanx.

I have just decided to make a bait hive as well to increase any chances of naturally populating my hive.

...and I also have a fall back plan if this does not happen.

I also found this.
http://www.waikatobeekeepers.org.nz/bee-information/beekeeping-calendar/
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