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  2. I am very lucky to catch a swarm here . They head for the highest rata normally . Can not see don using 5 ladders to catch one of my swarms .
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  4. I’m always amazed with our southwestland bees, they swarm like crazy sometimes entire sites have gone.. I take a stroll into the rainforest for a nosey but they just vanish.. extremely strong intense flows with off on weather, see ya later.. we run them as double FD brood. Its a complete different ball game to east coast permanents. Always a treat to spend a few days in the bush working those thumpers.
  5. Cutting off the bottom 50 mm is very easy make sure you us the right saw blade. there is no reason that you need to add a bottom strip to the bottom of the frame, the bees know when to stop.
  6. @Rob Stockley did one like that before he shifted to the Wairarapa, perhaps he could comment?
  7. Went out today and washed a few hives that were outside of my current efficacy trial. They were all good but this one was the best
  8. You posted this on the fourth of April? Bit late...😜 Great info in this thread thanks. P
  9. Notre Dame bees survived (interesting ace to site them too). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/19/bees-survive-notre-dame-fire
  10. Merit ! I don't know why anyone would even consider doing this to bees. Some places are just not right for hives.
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  12. Hi, this photo I got off the internet several years ago sorry I don't know the source. I've never done anything like this, but I always thought for parks, pedestrian walkways and so on, that the idea had merit. It might also act as a robbing screen of sorts. In the longer run when grapes are gone and they are back to regular flight paths, once they get out of this thing they will still fly in the direction they want, so if the neighbours deck is any distance away the flight path will be exactly the same. But if the deck is adjacent this could give some relief if it moves the flight path higher up.
  13. I recommend the below @MissOlivia, it’s excellent (bar the section on combining hives, which leaves out the excluder. Painful times). It’s available cheaper as a PDF too, but splash out on the hardback and read it this winter. It’s excellent. Also have a look at the downloads on this site, in particular the one from @tudor. https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/product/book-practical-beekeeping-in-nz
  14. That is true . But when I read on the forum about all the experiences people have with cow boy operations I am grateful we have decent operators around us . I wish they did swarm more . I check their sites regularly . I think cause they do not arrive till after kiwi fruit pollination swarming is nearly over .
  15. @MissOlivia, please do not buy bees from anyone until you have spent several months reading and going to whichever club you choose, otherwise it will end in a dead-out come spring. Beekeeping is not something to suddenly take up without having a real depth of knowledge - many on this forum have decades of full-time experience behind them and many are very helpful, but it is utterly frustrating retrospectively explaining why a hive died.
  16. Did I mention the bee hive was really cheap? I had to study before I got there in case it was too good to be true. If you donr believe that I could tell if it was or not. Pretty sure a whole lot of bees with no wings is not normal! And about 10 fully developed bees just sitting in their cells is not normal. I assume it's Varroa from what a forum said. What else could it be then? Why would you think they are OK? If I was wrong about it, then my bad. But I'm persobally so happy I didn't bring it home. I'm so glad ekrotek gave me a veroa booklet. It's called a deadly honey bee parasite the Varroa mite. I was studying on my way there. And looked at AFB pics on the website before I left home. Also of course I had to look at AFB symptom's. Apparently you are a blog ed by law to know if you are getting bees to check them out. Is this not true? I wasn't 100% sure if it did. But it looked just like the pictures to me. That's all I can go off.
  17. Don’t be fooled Kaihoka... experienced professional operations still deal with disease.. and bees can still swarm..
  18. I don’t get how one minute you know absolutely nothing about bees and the next you know what the worst varroa ever looks like, you know what DWV looks like, you know that brood couldn’t emerge from the cells and you also know what AFB is and what it looks like?
  19. She was starting to lay to many drones and her brood pattern was patchy
  20. True , but it wasnt disease it was my bad management .
  21. Aah ... Yesbutt .... it seems that the hive has taken a hammering. Just saying.
  22. I think despite the difficult environmental conditions I have here I do not have all the disease problems other beeks have . There is only ever me and two other beeks here . Both of those guys are are experienced professional operations.
  23. Good healthy Hives dont miss a beat but not all hives are as good as they look and sometimes the stars line up for an unfortunate result.
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