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BOP Bee Interest Group
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  2. As mentioned last time, for some reason mead generates quite a bit of interest. It baffles me somewhat because, judging by what people will pay money for, mead hasn’t been popular for several hundred years, and can no longer be used for paying taxes. Anyway, for this month’s meeting we had decided to gather and discuss it, and make some. If you are the buying and selling type you can't do this with mead ('cos it's alcohol), but you can turn your mead into Vinegar! I make it occasionally, mostly because I’m lazy about dealing with cappings and wet extractors, but I’m a bit ‘old scho
  3. The group's long CoVid lock-down has been punctuated with Web-hosted virtual meetings for those able to join. This month it was out of the web-world and back to the wide-world with the group's first Honey Show. The BOP group exists to facilitate shared knowledge and experience, in a social setting where potentially everyone has something to contribute, including people that have never (or never intend to), keep their own honeybees. Keeping bees, as a hobby or a business, benefits from good information about many things, for example information about biology and horticulture, carpen
  4. Thanks for that. Our SNI Group is looking into such software.
  5. The cost is zero at this stage because there is a 14 day free trial. Longer term, the cost is USD 14 per month or USD 12 per month if you buy for a year. (USD 144). This is cheaper than the other paid software (zoom) but zoom has a free version if you only need 40 minutes. Wearing another hat (Seaside Bees) we pay more than twice that to hire council community centre room for our beginner beekeeping course each year. So, even paying USD 144 it is a significant saving and allows us use of this for anything we want, so the Bee Group, Sailing Club, Engineering wo
  6. Fantastic. Well done. What is the cost for goto meeting software and use.
  7. March 29. The BoP Group had its first online meeting today. We used goto meeting software for phone tablet computer access. About 24 members attended. We went through a hive, looked at some new robbing guards and our first batch of mead ready to bottle. Then at end of meeting we switched on all the webcams and had a cup of tea and a chat. We finished on time and there was no lost time travelling
  8. The Group's website https://bopbee.weebly.com/ has been updated for the new swarm season and collectors google map. Meetings (last Sunday of month at 2pm) are going back into summer mode; at the apiary of a member each month instead of meeting at TECT park. Anyone (member or non-member) in the region or just visiting (between Katikati, Rotorua and Paengaroa) on last Sunday of the month, that might want to attend a meeting is welcome to make contact via the website to get current newsletter and meeting details.
  9. We have another two samples ready for composite test, but need 5 for the minimum $20 club rate. I thought we were done for the season, but now have 3 empty slots if anyone interested. But you need to be able to get the sample to me in Tauranga.
  10. Gosh, I never go here any more and look at all the messages! Thank you @ChrisM.
  11. We had some early rain that might have put some people off and Maungatapu bridge closed overnight due to a fatal, but the turnout was probably more than 30 people because the urn ran out of water and we got more underway. We started off looking at my own solar wax melters, these are poly fish bins with a polycarbonate window and using cotton paint strainer bags on a metal roof tile. Discussed dealing with old dark brood comb in a bag, under hot water with a brick. Looked at the spectrum of different wax cleaning methods from single hive hobby level to the more expensive wax melters that commer
  12. no more spaces available looks like we are done for the season unless another 5 people spring forth.
  13. that bunch of 5 specimens has gone for testing last week. Right now I have one specimen here plus 3 more slots booked, again leaving one final slot empty/available at the present.
  14. We have one slot remaining and four confirmed for next 5x composite tutin test. $20. Suitable for low Tutin risk confirmation. The extractors are both in use this weekend but there are now no forwards bookings, so most people seem to be all finished now. However if any members need use of a small manual extractor they're currently available from Apr 12th. $20. contact information for testing and extractors is on the group's BopBee website.
  15. Monthly meeting for March was held at Barry Kneebone's place in Katikati. It was a pretty wet day that reduced turnout to about 30 people. We had a bit of a chin wag in the shed. Looked at various feeders and bases and their merits or otherwise. Arataki propolis mats were viewed and discussed. We looked at Barry's home made entrance reducers and so on. Various questions came up so quite a lot of good background knowledge was shared. We spent a bit of time on harvesting, discussing blowers, brushes, bee-gone fume boards and more. Nobody was complaining about the rain, it was nice to have some.
  16. The group's second extractor is a manual four frame that joins the three frame unit that has been in service for two seasons now. At the current time both units are booked and in use with members, but they appear to be the last bookings of the year with demand now tailed off. As most know the whole gubbins comes out for cleaning if you spin off two wing nuts. It will be fun to see if we can invent a top bar hive extractor that mounts with the same two wing nuts. Thus it could become somewhat ambidextrous for hobbyists.
  17. Yep this section is archived. I think we were waiting for functionality to allow us to move the contents from here to the club bit.
  18. now that the club facility is well established, is it now appropriate to combine all the BoP Forum posts and all the BoP Club posts in one place? I don't get to the forum all that often and it seems strange now that posts are in two separate places. Is it possible to consolidate into one focal point?
  19. The group's map has had a layer added for Tutin Test Results. The map now contains blue markers for swarm collectors, green markers for passed Tutin Tests and red markers for failed Tutin Tests. Anyone with a Tutin Test result from any site in the BoP region is welcome to forwards a copy of their test certificate from any year. These are placed on the map so as not to identify any individual nor an apiary site. Members and non-members are welcome to contribute and there is no fee nor block for non-members to view. There are not actually a great deal of test results to see, however, there are t
  20. I'm not sure if it has been mentioned but we also have a group webpage. It is a free one, so the url isn't flash. https://bopbee.weebly.com/ The Tauranga City Council webpage on bees externally links to this website for swarm collection in the BoP area. Members of other recognised clubs, branches and groups in the BoP are welcome to join the collector list; there is no fee. The website contains a map of collectors that can be taken full screen and zoomed in to locate nearest. https://bopbee.weebly.com/collection.html There is also a page on the group's extractor that can b
  21. Hi Jordan, to join the club, please e-mail bopbeekeepers@gmail.com and you will be invited to the meetings once a month.
  22. Hey, I'm new to this whole beekeeping thing, just recently got into it, i read on some of the older posts that there were regular meetings, but since they were quite old i'm not sure if they're still going at the same time, would like to attend a meeting or two just to learn more, when/where is the next meeting being held?
  23. The first meeting of the winter programme was on Sunday. Besides the coffee, tea and feel-goodness we are going to try a little piece of structure this year to try and give everyone an opportunity to join in. For each meeting well have some pre-arranged discussion points. One will be of the ‘would you believe it/I never knew that /cunning devils’ variety, from me probably. For example, one random one might be “Is it likely Honey bees have clocks in their antennae?” Fun, not a lecture. The other will be much more open-ended and general, something where anyone regardless
  24. During the summer you will find the meetings often a bit closer for you than TECT. Looking forward to seeing you there @DuncanCook
  25. My first attendance at a BOP meet (the TECT venue is a bit of a long haul for me from Waihi). I found a frriendly and helpful group so thanks everyone I will certainly try to go to more in the future. I am very much new to bee keeping and am on a huge learning curve so was all ears. In particular many thanks for your critique and advice on my home made swarm trap Dave. Duncan
  26. Our October meeting was joined by the BOP Branch of the New Zealand Tree Crops Association (NZTCA) which is a voluntary organisation promoting interest in 'useful' trees. The Association had its beginnings in 1974 and, in its own words, thought that; "If farmers could be persuaded to establish a gentle landscape of shelter and windbreaks, woodlots, orchards, fodder crops and mixed associations of all kinds of trees and useful plants, then those farmers would benefit from enhanced pasture production through the combined effect of leaf litter, shelter and nitrogen provided by the judicious use o
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