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Hi there, we are based in Northland and had the same issues up until about 2 weeks ago :(

Just wondering how people are finding things on the honey flow side of things so far. I mean rural not urban.

 

Not good for me, sites that in the past have been pulling heaps of nectar by now, are on the bones of their butt this time I have some hives near starvation. Hate to spend money on sugar & feeders when the flow may be just around the corner so wondering what others think.[/QUOT

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Hi there, we are based in Northland and had the same issues up until about 2 weeks ago :(

hi

hows northland doing at the mo?

i guess the season is almost all over up there.

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Pretty much. Some places it just didn't happen :( others we did well. Most Beekeepers have started moving down to Taranaki, so productions has actually picked up.

hi

hows northland doing at the mo?

i guess the season is almost all over up there.

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Well there has been a full on flow here last few weeks but yesterday & today when I was out bees were robbing the truck, wondering if the dry has curbed nectar production from Kanuka anyone else got that?

 

Pretty crazy season in Auckland anyway, wind cold and rain till Christmas, then suddenly the tap gets turned off, no rain plus hot weather other extreme totally now I wish we could have a couple inches rain.

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flow still going in South Waikato, but........it is starting to dry out we could do with a couple of days of rain now.

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Same in the Manawatu. a couple of days rain would be nice. But not until after the week end. My wife and I are going to the Marton Country Music Festival. 3 days of Country. Not everyones cup of tea, but the show will be fantactic

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We had some rain last week...Sunday morning was quite cool and bees were hunting around for any robbing they could do, however they gave up once the heat of the day kicked in.

Looking around there's still a green colour to the landscape...may the flow continue :)

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Well there has been a full on flow here last few weeks but yesterday & today when I was out bees were robbing the truck, wondering if the dry has curbed nectar production from Kanuka anyone else got that?

 

Pretty crazy season in Auckland anyway, wind cold and rain till Christmas, then suddenly the tap gets turned off, no rain plus hot weather other extreme totally now I wish we could have a couple inches rain.

Well there has been a full on flow here last few weeks but yesterday & today when I was out bees were robbing the truck, wondering if the dry has curbed nectar production from Kanuka anyone else got that?

 

Pretty crazy season in Auckland anyway, wind cold and rain till Christmas, then suddenly the tap gets turned off, no rain plus hot weather other extreme totally now I wish we could have a couple inches rain.

That is exactly what is happening here! It is crazy. Just a little nectar flowing but I reckon it will come to a halt soon if we don't get any rain.

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Had some of my new honey for breakfast. seems like I DO have kanuka...yippeee (y)

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@tristan gee impressive! You don't worry they are going to take a tumble being that high?

 

Things are definitely moving here boxes flying out of the shed onto the hives now :)

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Hot, damned hot!! Into our second (or is that third?) week of very hot weather. We are consistently 2degreesC warmer than Tauranga which is posting 26-29degreesC most days. We had about 1.5 hours of rain at 2a.m. about a week ago, but that's it.

 

It's still reasonably green but starting to dry out very, very, quickly. I don't think we're quite as dry as the rest of the country, which is surprising.

 

The bees have so far, been good. I'm making sure they have plenty of water. The pohutukawa flowering around the houses has stopped but they're still go strong around Anzac Bay.

 

There's a Council provided hedge on the main road. Not sure what the plant is, but that's now flowering. Lots of bees in the veggie garden, pollinating like crazy which is good. Our first attempt at a Strawberry Patch is going well.:)

 

Now..... do I wait until 4pm to have a Gin & Tonic...... or do I wait until 22C??....... because we've already hit 22C and it's only 9a.m.!!

 

CHALLENGE!!, I can be inebriated all day.... of course, I've never done anything like that in my life:lol:lol:lol:lol:lol:whistle::whistle:

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Now..... do I wait until 4pm to have a Gin & Tonic

I didn't think anyone could get that desperate to drink Gin

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Now..... do I wait until 4pm to have a Gin & Tonic...... or do I wait until 22C??....... because we've already hit 22C and it's only 9a.m.!!

 

It's 11pm in Russia.

Хорошее здоровье

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you guys run a mix of super-sizes as standard? e.g. 2nd from top vs 3rd from top on the hive closest in the pic

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you guys run a mix of super-sizes as standard? e.g. 2nd from top vs 3rd from top on the hive closest in the pic

Yes I noticed the mix of box sizes also.

And wondered what the reason was?

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@frazzledfozzle I've just been for a walk. There are bees on the kanuka !! Some have been flowering for a month and are on the way out with a few day's left, some are about halfway with a fortnight left, and more than a few on the ridgetops have only just started. Saw nine pigs en route, none of which were aware of me, another walk coming up later on.

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Saw nine pigs en route, none of which were aware of me, another walk coming up later on.

pork on the agenda?

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@frazzledfozzle I've just been for a walk. There are bees on the kanuka !! Some have been flowering for a month and are on the way out with a few day's left, some are about halfway with a fortnight left, and more than a few on the ridgetops have only just started. Saw nine pigs en route, none of which were aware of me, another walk coming up later on.

I've just been for a walk too, saw 2 bees on the kanuka, 7 sheep and 4 cooks. No pigs

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I've just been for a walk too, saw 2 bees on the kanuka, 7 sheep and 4 cooks. No pigs

That must have been odd seeing all that on the Kanuka. :whistle:

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chooks, cocks, crooks ...

:)

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That must have been odd seeing all that on the Kanuka. :whistle:

The 2 today has doubled my count this season. I'm going for double figures.

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