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  2. Philbee

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Two days ago i found two tall hives that had fallen over unstrapped. They had been like that all through the rainy period and no robbing at all. Well brought up I suppose
  3. nikki watts

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    It’s happening here too. And these hive have plenty of honey on board
  4. kaihoka

    Re-using Queen cell cups when grafting

    I make wax wraps in the kitchen and its hard to contain the wax , and real tedious trying to remove all the drops. I wax up cloth for my friends . I told them there is no point in everyones kitchen being a mess. Some of my friends have nice kitchens .
  5. cBank

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    I attended a primary school shared lunch recently and I think it’s similar. Made me want to scream “CUT THIS OUT”. But instead I just ground me teeth.
  6. Philbee

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Im straining Honey on the Deck in the sun, saw one bee today
  7. frazzledfozzle

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Robbing really gets my stress levels up I hate it
  8. dansar

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    I had that at one site last week just after nearly a week of rain. Scraped some burr comb off a hive mat that had honey in it, “nek minit”
  9. Oma

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Still looking for the Wow! emoji
  10. Philbee

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Man we arnt at that stage yet, not by a long shot. Nice Bucket
  11. Philbee

    Honey Price Collapse

    Does this mean that they are only processing and selling their own, Interesting indeed. Ive heard the same of Revolutionary, with regard one supplier at least
  12. kaihoka

    Honey Price Collapse

    Is that what you think of the rata i Left you .
  13. jamesc

    Honey Price Collapse

    And where I Puriti coming from, as i hear on the Grapevine that Midlands is not buying honey this year ....?
  14. jamesc

    Honey Price Collapse

    Aah ... you guys are Philistines and have no appreciation of the true Nectar. I think I need to send y'all a Christmas care package.
  15. john berry

    Honey Price Collapse

    Taste is a very personal thing but dew does have other uses , things like euthanising horses and special rendition.
  16. yesbut

    Honey Price Collapse

    I suspect even flax is better than rata
  17. jamesc

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Sign of the season....
  18. tristan

    Herbicide contamination

    i wonder how they do the cleaning of the scrapping ? afaik its dissolved in solvent and the wax floats off. its then run through a separator and dried. would love to see the machinery they use for it. theres plenty of rubbish that gets in with the scrapping. bits of mite strips, bit of wood treatment from the boxes etc.
  19. jamesc

    Honey Price Collapse

    Sounds good. You will be looking for raw material to keep up with demand! we started moving our honey mountain today. Sales were up on last year, demand strong.... the only comment being we neede to epand the car parking facilities. The most interesting thing was that sales of dew outstripped Rata sales.
  20. Trevor Gillbanks

    Herbicide contamination

    Ok. I knew of the freezing one, Manuka Health water blast the mats. Interesting with the solvents.
  21. tristan

    Herbicide contamination

    i've heard of a few different ways from freezing it off to just dunking it in solvent.
  22. With quite a few of my swarms which are often in bushes at ground level the Q has been in one of the very last handfuls from amongst the debris. So no I don't think you can necessarily assume you haven't got her. If there aren't enough bees to cover about two fd frames they're not worth going to any trouble. If you have drawn frames to put them on they'll spread out a bit and you should be able to see a Q if there is one. On plain foundation they'll clump up and you'd be lucky to see a Q.
  23. Kia ora koutou I was alerted to a 'swarm' today, and when I turned up to collect it there were only a few handfuls of bees. I think someone must have gotten to it in the hours it took me to arrive. I have left the box on the ground, and so far, I have seen bees consistently making their way in. My questions are: 1. Am I right in assuming that I am unlikely to have a queen with the bees? 2. What is the minimum amount of bees needed to start a hive? Would the recommendation be to purchase a queen, or gift these to an existing hive (I currently don't have a hive, I was hoping this would be my next lot).
  24. Mummzie

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    I failed Queen Catching 101 again today. I had put aside an old dud queen with a couple of frames and this morning decided it was adios time. She jumped off the frame and flew away.
  25. Philbee

    Honey Price Collapse

    @Adam Boot I deal with a few Beeks who are focusing on this supply line QA. One of them is going so far as to use organic thread in his Staples
  26. Trevor Gillbanks

    What are bees foraging on at present

    Yes, pretty much. That's what you get when you are a compulsive excessive.
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