Together with my beekeeping company Enver, we went to Bursa to visit Kenan Gişan, who is a beekeeping master.
He met us at the door of his workshop. By the way i have to mention that Kenan is a very talented lathe turner.
As soon as we entered his office we noticed the newly built stock hive. His previous stock hive was damaged by wild birds.
Also he has built some frame punching devices.
The picture on the right is taken from Kenan's Craftsman Diploma. When we put the pictures side by side, we can clearly see how brutal the years are. The hair is now white - gray and the lines are deeper.... Who knows may be in ten years i will be the same.
Kenan Gişan served us coffe in his office. There is a Turkish proverb; "A cup of coffee has a memory of forty years", meaning "A single cup of coffee can bring friendships lasting many years." So i guess our friendship with Kenan Gişan will at least last till 2052. :-)
Formic acid cups made for us by Kenan Gişan. We thank him very much.
Bu yıl ana arı üretmeyi deneyeceğim.Bu yüzdende benim de bir stoklama kovanı edinmem lazım.
This year i will try to breed queens. Therefore i have to keep a stock hive as well.
If i wait for the bees to raise foundation, it will take quitea long time. It will be much better to cut some already drawn combs and fix them in the small frames.First an old uncapping knife is heated.
Then the comb is cut in the size of the frame by the help of the hot knife.
13 Nisan 2012 - Cuma / 13th April 2012 - Friday
Ertesi sabah Enver'in bitirdiği stoklama kovanını almaya gittim, birde ne görelim, bahçede Enver'in tavuklar bizim kovanın tadına bakmışlar.
The next morning i went to get the stock hive, that Enver completed. But we saw that his chickens had bitten the styrophore hive.
We decided to repair it later on and placed the frames inside the hive.
On my way, I dropped in a beekeeper friend Mehmet Işık's apiary in Taşlık village. An other beekeper friend Mahmut Kurnaz was there, too.
We had tea and chatted for some time.
A double hive made by Mehmet. I don't know how practical it is.
Friends examining the stock hive.
I came to my apiary in the afternoon. Everywhere is covered with herbs. I should trim these herbs with my motor scythe.
The trees that i planted sometime ago started to wake up.
This year the colonies are not in good condition. But there is nothing i can do as well.
I forgot to unite two frames and bees built a piece of comb between two frames.
Though the bees bring pollen, the weather is still cool.
I left the car near the apiary and walked down to the river. The water is quite high. This can be named as a small scale flood.
14 Nisan 2012 C.tesi / 14th April 2012 Saturday
I went to neighbouring town Mustafakemalpaşa to buy formic acid. I visited beekeeper friends as well. (Left to Right: Mehmet Demir, Yakup Uzun, İlhan Kesendere, Alper Gürman, Erkan Türkey)
15 Nisan 2012 Pazar / 15th April 2012 Sunday
Bugün formik asit yapma günü. Malzemeler hazır, formik asit, koruyucu eldiven, boş bir şişe, ölçek ve maske.
Today is the day to prepare some formic acid. The materials are ready. Formic acid, protective gloves, an empty bottle, a scale and mask.
Bugünlük bu kadar yeter, asit tecrübelerimi sonra paylaşacağım.
That is enough for today. I will share my formic acid experiences later.