After being away from the bees for such a long time, lots of work has accumulated. As i was trying to get ready for the next season, i ignored my blog.
Bal Hırsızları - Honey Thieves
12.03.2013 -Salı / Tuesday
Komşu ilçeden arıcı arkadaşım İlhan Kesendere'nin başına tatsız bir olay gelmiş. Muhtemelen iki kişi, iki hırsız, bal çalmak amacıyla iki kovanının altüst etmiş.
A beekeeper friend İlhan Kesendere, from neighbouring town, had an unfortunate incident. Thieves, at least two people, had capsized two of his hives and has stolen side honey frames of wintering hives.
Ilhan was very furious. Luckily all the bees and the queen were alive. He had placed the colonies into hives again and fed them with syrup and given the colonies new honey frames.
A very upseting incident.
17.02.2013 - Pazar / Sunday
Since the weather was cold and since some colonies were hungry, i had prepared some soft candy. There are arguments claiming that soft candy causes thirst in bees and foregers flying out to drink water, drown. I don't know how true is that but i'd rather prefer loss of some foragers instead of the death of whole collony due to starvation.
As i was driving to my apiary, i dropped in Mehmet Işık's apiary. They were making the first control after the winter.
I was lucky that thet were about to have lunch.
Later, that day ...
Only 20 minutes later,...
23.02.2013 - Cumartesi / Saturday
Biten kek kutuları topladım...
I picked up all the empty plastic boxes that i used for giving soft candy...
and gave soft candy to colonies again.
Opps... who is that? A bumble bee, probably a queen, just try to feed herself...
23 Şubat 2013 - Cumartesi / Saturday
Çok uzun bir aradan sonra Uludağ Arıcılık Derneği'nin toplantısına katıldım.
I participated to monthly meeting of uludağ Beekeeping Association.
The participation was round 80 beekeepers...
Some useful hints and advices were given by Prof. Dr. İbrahim Çakmak.
Usta Petek firmasının yetkilisi Hacer SELÇUK tarafından hizmetleri hakkında bilgi verildi.
Later, CEO of Usta Petek, a honey comb manfacturing company, has given information about their products.
The meeting had ended with Halil Bilen's seminar on preparing th colonies for wintering.
Halil Bilen'in, her ayın ilk Cuma gecesi düzenlenen arıcılık eğitimine katıldık.
I joined the beekeeping techniques training given by Halil Bilen, on the first Friday night of every month.
Mustafakemalpaşa Teachers' Club
Here is our master, Halil Bilen...
The participation was high, round 90 beekeepers...
First the evaluation of the İstanbul Beekeeping Festival,...
And the training topic of March, colony Management
A very useful lecture, i plan to attend these training activities regularly in the future...