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April 2019 Apiary Diary

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11 hours ago, jamesc said:

Oh Dear .... Stoney can't receive a private message .....

Sorry bout that.. I don’t have Facebook, Instagram or any of them other all consuming mediums of communication either.. 

in fact it’s only a few months ago I worked out how to post pics on here.. 

give it a couple more years I might work it out. 

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19 minutes ago, Stoney said:

Sorry bout that.. I don’t have Facebook, Instagram or any of them other all consuming mediums of communication either.. 

in fact it’s only a few months ago I worked out how to post pics on here.. 

give it a couple more years I might work it out. 

 

20 minutes ago, Stoney said:

Sorry bout that.. I don’t have Facebook, Instagram or any of them other all consuming mediums of communication either.. 

in fact it’s only a few months ago I worked out how to post pics on here.. 

give it a couple more years I might work it out. 

Yeah nah .... txt works good.

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Wintering down and some progress checks and found 2 hives with capped Queens.  No drones about so tired speak of so either they know something I don't or a tad confused. Have been caught out a bit and lost a couple to robbing. Had entrances about quarter open as they were finding a bit of nectar somewhere, cold snap hits and bang. Varroa counts were good so don't suspect that so won't do that again. All down to a small gap now

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What !!!

Anyone else here this .

2 mins in .

 

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12 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

What !!!

Anyone else here this .

2 mins in .

 

Revenue is going to be 8% up based on ???

 

Sounds to me like airy fairy stuff based on wizardry, magicians or perhaps over ambitious nonsense .

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i'm wondering what YEAR that video was done in. they seam to be a bit out of date.

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47 minutes ago, tristan said:

i'm wondering what YEAR that video was done in. they seam to be a bit out of date.

These are the type of guys that provide the info that masters of the universe run the world on .

No wonder its in such a mess .

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23 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

These are the type of guys that provide the info that masters of the universe run the world on .

No wonder its in such a mess .

 

You should read more news from my country and compare with reality.. You would be in danger of stomach aching due to laugh.. You are amateurs 😁

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An 8% (or greater) increase for packers/exporters may well be on the cards given the reduction in the price for the product paid to the primary producers. 

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Maybe because it’s an Ozzie based company they are taking into account Aussie faux Manuka which seems to be flying off the shelves because they are seriously undercutting NZs real Manuka honey.

 

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Site maintenance is key this time of year, just about couldn't see the hives under the pampus and the weedeater couldn't quite cut it so I got this

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@Maru Hoani will a skill saw blade fit.

that is good on tough grass too.

even flax.

flax is the most annoying thing to cut with any sort of weed eater or scrub bar.

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59 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

@Maru Hoani will a skill saw blade fit.

that is good on tough grass too.

even flax.

flax is the most annoying thing to cut with any sort of weed eater or scrub bar.

 

It really is. These things are excellent, but as it’s a hand tool, progress will be slow.

 

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I once used a walk behind mower that had blown up, and the only replacement motor that could be found was a 6hp from a ride on. It could cut anything, fence strainers, branches etc. If on uneven ground it would start tunnelling. I’d bet it couldn’t do flax though.

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1 hour ago, cBank said:

Agree with cBank, and also the Silky brand - also Japanese manufactured. Have one of each brand, both excellent once you adjust to it cutting on the pull rather than push stroke. 

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I was told that the migrants had removed their hives on monday evening .

I was out yesterday but today had a quick check on my hive that had suffered from robbing because it was too close to their hives .

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There was no sign of life around the entrance .

A few bees were flying around .

Tomorrow I will bring my gear down and open up hive .

The bees on the ground that were  still alive were staggering .

What ever happened was pretty recent because the bees were very newly dead .

If it was poisoning I am wondering how and why there were no signs of any dead bees where the migrant hives had been .

@Trevor Gillbanks can a robbing attack kill a hive ?

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39 minutes ago, frazzledfozzle said:

It looks like a starved hive to me @kaihoka

You could be right  It could have been stealthily robbed.

I put OA strips in on the 20th march and there was some honey in there then.

I have three hives up near the house that are ok .

Now the migrant hives are gone I will open up my hives and look . I expected them to have taken the hives a couple of weeks ago .

The weather has been great , no wind , warm sunny bees very active . 

And no flow .

I have taken no honey from my hives this yr .

 

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14 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

You could be right  It could have been stealthily robbed.

I put OA strips in on the 20th march and there was some honey in there then.

I have three hives up near the house that are ok .

Now the migrant hives are gone I will open up my hives and look . I expected them to have taken the hives a couple of weeks ago .

The weather has been great , no wind , warm sunny bees very active . 

And no flow .

I have taken no honey from my hives this yr .

 

I been rushing around like crazy putting staples in and feeding 60 hives a day with my mate. 

Found a strong hive yesterday on the brink of starvation, heads on brood were decapitated, one more day and that hive would of starved out. 

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@nikki watts it was not so much that nothing flowered but we had constant strong winds when it did .

We actually had a good kanuka and manuka flowering.

I am surrounded by migrants over summer and some years I do not think there is enough forage .

These are pollination hives .

I am wondering if  when hives numbers drop in next couple of years  they will need to come this far .

Honestly I do not think it will make much difference . 

When the stars align the bees can collect honey  for hundreds of hives and when they don't any  hive will struggle .

I went through my other hives today .

The dead hive had dead bees inside but also eggs and brood .

Another hive needed feeding and had chewed up some of one OA strip .

I put  a top feeder with colored syrup on that hive .

The next hive had lots of fresh nectar , which makes me think think it is the robber hive . The OA strips were untouched .

My strongest hive still had honey in the 3/4 box on top . The OA strips were untouched .

There was brood , eggs etc under the strips .

All active hives had eggs , brood and drones .

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On 18/04/2019 at 7:39 AM, kaihoka said:

@nikki watts it was not so much that nothing flowered but we had constant strong winds when it did .

We actually had a good kanuka and manuka flowering.

I am surrounded by migrants over summer and some years I do not think there is enough forage .

These are pollination hives .

I am wondering if  when hives numbers drop in next couple of years  they will need to come this far .

Honestly I do not think it will make much difference . 

When the stars align the bees can collect honey  for hundreds of hives and when they don't any  hive will struggle .

I went through my other hives today .

The dead hive had dead bees inside but also eggs and brood .

Another hive needed feeding and had chewed up some of one OA strip .

I put  a top feeder with colored syrup on that hive .

The next hive had lots of fresh nectar , which makes me think think it is the robber hive . The OA strips were untouched .

My strongest hive still had honey in the 3/4 box on top . The OA strips were untouched .

There was brood , eggs etc under the strips .

All active hives had eggs , brood and drones .

I think beekeeping is challenging where I live but  down your way it seems almost impossible unless it’s the ‘one in seven years ‘  year. 

Imagine how well you’d do as a beekeeper in a good area 🙂

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On ‎17‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 8:19 AM, Maru Hoani said:

Site maintenance is key this time of year, just about couldn't see the hives under the pampus and the weedeater couldn't quite cut it so I got this

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yes they are great, ideal for cutting around rocks and fence posts etc

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3 hours ago, nikki watts said:

I think beekeeping is challenging where I live but  down your way it seems almost impossible unless it’s the ‘one in seven years ‘  year. 

Imagine how well you’d do as a beekeeper in a good area 🙂

i also think how well i would do as a gardener with decent soil.

i have a love/hate relationship with the place lately.

3 hours ago, kevin moore said:

yes they are great, ideal for cutting around rocks and fence posts etc

unless you hit them and its blade sharpening time again.

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On 17/04/2019 at 8:19 AM, Maru Hoani said:

Site maintenance is key this time of year, just about couldn't see the hives under the pampus and the weedeater couldn't quite cut it so I got this

IMG_20190415_113027-3120x2340.jpg

 

Hah, this one looks better and faster.

 

 

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@Kiwi Bee i think that is historical footage.

i have used a scythe , they have to be very sharp.

we have one in our shed.

it was retired when we got the brush cutter.

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On 17/04/2019 at 8:36 PM, kaihoka said:

I was told that the migrants had removed their hives on monday evening .

I was out yesterday but today had a quick check on my hive that had suffered from robbing because it was too close to their hives .

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There was no sign of life around the entrance .

A few bees were flying around .

Tomorrow I will bring my gear down and open up hive .

The bees on the ground that were  still alive were staggering .

What ever happened was pretty recent because the bees were very newly dead .

If it was poisoning I am wondering how and why there were no signs of any dead bees where the migrant hives had been .

@Trevor Gillbanks can a robbing attack kill a hive ?

gorse spray ...??

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