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We recently moved to Carterton with our bees. Just as we did in Hawkes Bay we're keen to encourage sharing and cooperation between hobby beekeepers. This Sunday the weather's looking good and I'll be in the apiary.

 

This is an open invitation to anyone with an interest in bees to join me in the apiary.

 

Tasks for Sunday include:

  • Swarm prevention measures
  • Colony strength balancing
  • Queen health and disease check
  • Requeening a hive to treat chronic bee paralysis virus CBPV

 

If you haven't seen CBPV before then this colony has fairly clear symptoms. Hairless, shiny bees, some with erratic movement. It's transmitted by the queen via the egg so requeening is standard treatment. I intend to paper a spare NUC onto this colony after squashing the sick queen.

 

After the bees a cup of tea will be available and we can talk bees.

 

There are 17 hives here all building strongly. This means there will be a lot of bees. Ours are all fairly gentle but we recommend you wear a veil. I have a couple spare if required. If you want to be hands on then please wash your gloves or wear the nitrile rubber ones that I provide.

 

Location: 433 Belvedere Road, Carterton. Opposite the old milk factory.

When: Sunday 15th October from 10am

Contact: if you need to contact me then my phone number is available in my profile


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Would be interested to see a short video of the bees on top of the frames, if possible Rob? Keen to see the 'trembling'  . . . well . .'keen' not the right word

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8 hours ago, JohnF said:

Would be interested to see a short video of the bees on top of the frames, if possible Rob? Keen to see the 'trembling'  . . . well . .'keen' not the right word

The movement isn't trembling as such but the affected bees clearly move differently to the non-affected bees. If I was describing a human I'd call them tentative. I'll charge up the camera and try to capture it. 

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To anyone watching this topic. I've moved the bees into the afternoon when the rain is expected to clear. Ill be in the shed sorting bee gear this morning so you're more than welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. 

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