Day: September 1, 2013
A quick note to say that at the request of others in the community, I’ve created a new mailing list for Australian and New Zealand owners of Warré hives, other top-bar hives (or any other “natural” hives):
All are welcome, and do spread the word!
(Note: this group is not about traditional Langstroth hives, those discussions are widely held elsewhere!)
There were about 30 people at the session from across Sydney, which shows the rapid growth in Warré hives in Australia!
Many questions were asked (and answered), far too many to report on here.
Two immediate actions I took as a result of the session:
- Our first hive had just started drawing comb in the second box, so on the advice of Tim, I immediately expanded the hive to the full four boxes. (The Sydney climate is so mild, this can be done safely, thereby minimising intrusions later in the season).
- I set my spare hive boxes up as bait hive on the roof, adding to the bait hive in the convent next door. (Following the “it can’t hurt to try!” principle.)
That should have us set up for a little while, at least until one of our bait hives is populated.