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Trevor Gillbanks

Around the Apiary March 2017

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The cows have slowed down, thats for sure.

Nothing like a redundant cow yard to put hives on, this is one of the original 70 acre dairy farms.milking cows on it would have been a struggle at the best of times .. very steep in places with flood prone flats however it grows good clover and lots of gum trees.

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what would they all eat ?

sugar, lots of sugar

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Beauty weather this arvo,so headed out to a new apiary.Checked and treated some hives,til the robbers showed up....so,packed the cash away,locked up the till,closed the safe right down...and slowly backed away.

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Owner gifted some Pohutu/kanuka to sample.

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Nevertheless if it were mine I wouldn't be scoffing first off, I'd be cautious.

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Nevertheless if it were mine I wouldn't be scoffing first off, I'd be cautious.

I think we've read different things out of @Phil46 post. I presumed the honey gift came from an earlier extraction. I further presumed that since he was the one who enlightened me how to go about testing, that his honey was likely tested and safe.

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A photographic argument for using full depth when doing recoveries from wine barrels..3/4 would have been significantly

more cutting & tying.

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Nevertheless if it were mine I wouldn't be scoffing first off, I'd be cautious.

What do u mean by scoffing? I hope u not implying anything untowards in my direction?

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Scoffing means to eat fast and a lot off. ie to scoff all the cake.

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What do u mean by scoffing? I hope u not implying anything untowards in my direction?

That wasn't what I got out of it.

Quite the opposite.

More of a concern for your health if you ate too much in one go, a little bit of tutu honey will make you sick and a bit more than a little bit could kill you.

 

I have been hearing reports of high tutin apparently even before January, so I would be very aware of eating ANY honey, especially during a dry year where the bees have done it hard.

 

I'm usually scoffing honey out of the comb in the honey house, I love it when it's fresh, I'll lick it off my arms before I wash my hands.

I've eaten about 2 teaspoons this season and none of it will be going anywhere until I know it's safe.

 

Be aware everyone I think a lot of people may have high tutin this year even if they've had none in the past.

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Even although we have not had a case of tutin in honey for Wellington region, the Bee Club had done 17 club members composite honey at $22 per member and all passed. Worth doing to avoid Russian roulette. I submitted a composite sample of all my stock and worth having that test for piece of mind even when giving it away. Also all taste tested while extracting.

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just wondering, is it now when i should be starting to winter down my hives and be putting in the bayvarol treatment ??

 

thanks

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It really worries me how many people I meet who still don't know about Tutin in honey, I explained it to someone just yesterday.

 

Honey is a safe product, and there's nothing else to worry about other than if it has tutin in.

 

It costs $80 to get a tutin test.

And it's an extra $10 for each composite.

 

It's cheap compared with the cost of not doing it.

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just wondering, is it now when i should be starting to winter down my hives and be putting in the bayvarol treatment ??

 

thanks

Put them in now, or as soon as possible

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The flow has finished here and the weather is lovely.

Because there is no pasture the flow doesn't fade out it just stops overnight.

I have lots of stuff planted for my bees but because I am surrounded by migrant beeks I become the local nectar source.

That includes my hives .

My big strong three box hive is fine but my three single box hives are being hit badly by robbers.

I should have sorted out my queens and combined them earlier into 2 hives.

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The flow has finished here and the weather is lovely.

Because there is no pasture the flow doesn't fade out it just stops overnight.

I have lots of stuff planted for my bees but because I am surrounded by migrant beeks I become the local nectar source.

That includes my hives .

My big strong three box hive is fine but my three single box hives are being hit badly by robbers.

I should have sorted out my queens and combined them earlier into 2 hives.

I would combine them now and then place swap them with the big one

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It's been pretty rainy here, done 3 days in the honey house.

Pretty pooped.

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Caging Queens all day and under attack for most of it.

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Are there still drones around ? I haven't seen any for a few weeks.

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Are there still drones around ? I haven't seen any for a few weeks.

We've still got some but they are getting fewer.

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Are there still drones around ? I haven't seen any for a few weeks.

Heaps here, Im forever catching them in my Queen cages as escorts,

They cost extra of course

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