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  2. A bit of both really, we didn't want to see any beekeepers lose contracts and also orchardist's losing pollination, but we knew we could enter orchards with some forward planning, and with hygiene controls it was business as usual.
  3. Thank you all for the quick replies! My supplier is an experienced beekeeper and has been really helpful along the way. You’re right, I wouldn’t be able to tell if it worked or not.. I will ask my supplier if I can get the Thymovar exchanged for Apivar in the first instance. Hopefully he will understand! Thanks so much
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  5. sorry but i think thats bad advice. it can make the situation worse and he may not be able to treat effectively when it doesn't work. beside i doubt he has anyway of being able to tell if it works or not, apart from a dead hive some months from now. best course of action is to go get some apivar asap. if he wants to go down the thymol route he can schooled up on it and get organised over winter, and do that next season.
  6. Agree with Tristan. However since you have the thymovar, might as well stick it in the hive and see what happens. Odds on it won't work but you may get lucky. After the treatment period for it you will need to test the hive for mites and if there still are detectable levels, then go ahead and use apivar. Just wondering about your supplier, are you being given advice from behind the counter by an experienced beekeeper, or a not very experienced beekeeper. Doubt many experienced guys would be telling a new beekeeper in Wellington at this time of year, to use thymovar.
  7. that company has done you a disservice the thymol and organic treatments are not straight forward. you need to know how to use them well and they carry a degree of risk, as their efficiency is somewhat variable. with thymol there is contamination issues to be aware of. not sure of your temps down there but it might be getting to cool for it to work well. frankly for a beginner, especially with only one hive, your far better off to use apivar. the curse is it comes in a big packet and really need to split it amongst a few beeks.
  8. I can't really help re thymovar but do be careful re tutin content of your very late harvested honey.
  9. Hi, I am fairly new to beekeeping in Wellington and have recently extracted my first batch of honey (yay!) and am now ready to treat for mites. I last treated my bees with Bayvarol so when I asked my supplier for Apivar, I was advised to use Thymovar. I ended up purchasing Thymovar but I am not too confident in using this product. Can someone please advise if Thymovar is safe/easy to use? Or if I’d be best to just use Apivar for my one hive? Thank you!
  10. Went out to work on some hives on a local farm, have left this a bit late this season and the bee's sure let me know of their displeasure of having their home's broken into, was a painful reminder to do this work a month or more earlier.
  11. Saw the big stag today.... Boy had to climb a pine tree to get outa the way.... his reasoning was he got better 4g coverage to chat to his mates. yeah right!
  12. ah I see. So a better way to feed them and not a better way to keep people out.. I got confused.
  13. We suggested that the orchards, trim all hedging and place hives on dump sites/loadout pads and not space bees out around orchards, if we had to then they needed all shelter trimmed so not to pick up any leaf material when trucks/utes drive by. Most were happy to do that. Beeks feed their own hives as needed. No loss of pollination.
  14. It's not a case of being sterile but the recommendation for those on the front line is once home to remove clothing to go directly into the hot wash to remove any possible contamination and for you to shower yourself. Having worked in sterile environments it could not be done effectively in public spaces.
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  16. Most likely not deformed wing virus. Shouldn't be grafting from a hive with DWV. More likely that queen cell has had a bump of some sort on Day 6 either in the apiary or if removed from the hive on Day 6 and the drive home in the caricell has been a bit bumpy. I might only have one queen a year emerge without wings. My understanding is that wing appendages develop Day 6.
  17. what was the better way? Some avocado growers may be interested. Unrelated to that, & prior to Covid19, I always smile that on the road into Maramarua there are stern signs about PSA saying not to enter kiwifruit orchards, then there is a sign from the kiwfruit grower running public tours in his kiwifruit orchard!
  18. When PSA first hit the Kiwifruit, to stop people entering orchards, it was suggested to me (by a non beekeeper)that we could just dump all the hives that come into the area at pollination time on the roadsides, spread throughout the area in big groups.And use open troughs to feed them all. Even though it was a stupid idea I so wanted to to say "yeah lets do that",(just to see the carnage) but sanity prevailed, and we suggested are far better way.
  19. So, turns out my “balled queen” (video end of last month) is an erratic layer. I’m guessing she didn’t get properly mated before the attack even though she was accepted by the queenless colony I introduced her to. Her wings got a bit shredded in the fight too 😬 so no more mating flights for her. Speaking of wings... I have been going around checking the success of my last graft for the season. All queens had emerged except one. Whilst inspecting the failed cell (protected) I noticed that she was chewing her way out - very slowly and about three days late. Anyways, I midwived her along only to discover she had DWV! She was a really good size, well fed but I gave her the squish and tossed her in the bushes. Checked the hive and found it freshly Queenright, so that was a bonus. Checked a bunch of the other virgins and the all appear healthy (and fully winged). Hunger and wasps are what I’m dealing with this month...
  20. If your hive box has drawn comb in it they could be smelling the honey and trying to rob it out. Even if it's all gone now. Try putting it somewhere dark and cool.
  21. Now, you sure they be bees? I am sure you will know, but I got to ask. This time many paper wasps are congerating (breaking covid rules), on fences, hot areas to mate in the afternoons.
  22. Steppler has his bees over many farms over spring, In Miami Manitoba. His bees just got out of winter shed Ian puts them in big sites near home sites, and there he quickly assesses them and open feeds protein. Hence heaps of bee poop. First flights after 5 months in shed. Once bees are ready they get moved again to spring\summer sites. Well worth visiting his YouTube blog.
  23. Possibly just bees in robbing mode - they tend to move around as a buzzing hoard.
  24. All a bit strange thank you for your comment
  25. We used to open feed hives in Alberta, 2 or 3 44 gallon drums per yard, half full of hay half full of syrup. It was crazy!
  26. About this time last year one of my hives emptied out to do a couple of fly bys of the neighbour over the road and then came back. They never told me why.
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