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Hi all,

I'm Cong. I come from Vietnam. Now, I'm a student studying in Wellington, NZ.

My family (my aunts, uncles, brothers, my father's brothers...) are beekeepers and we have been working in this field for more than 20 years. My father is quite success since he has been raising around 3000 bee hives recent years. I know that beekeeping in Vietnam and NZ is quite dissimilar, so we might have a lot to talk about.

First of all, I'm not good at English. Although it's really hard to me to describe something, I will try my best.

I don't know where to start so I will let you ask question first. It can be any such as how we extracting honey, bee diseases in Vietnam, using axit formic, equipment we use, creating a queen bee... (My father is a worker only, after extracted honey, we will sell raw honey. So, the processes after that we might not know).

 

Many things I don't know and I will need to ask my father first then I will answer. Feel free to ask me.

 

I want to have some beekeeping experiences in NZ, Is there any suggestions?

 

Forgive me if I make any mistakes.

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What breed of bees to you use.

Welcome along to the forum Cong

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What breed of bees to you use.

Welcome along to the forum Cong

After have a look at some picture about bee in this page, I think we have a similar breed of bees. We raise Italian Bees. We do not use domestic bee to make honey because they are just about a half size and really hard to keep them.

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Intersting photos

What is the stuff you pipe on top of the frames?

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Here is how we extract Honey.:)

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Intersting photos

What is the stuff you pipe on top of the frames?

not sure what you mean, Can you be more specific?

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Welcome thanks for posting. Do all your hives consist of a single box? Looks so different

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Welcome thanks for posting. Do all your hives consist of a single box? Looks so different

Each box is a home of a single hive(1 queen, thousands of bee worker, and few male bees). you can see a picture below, hope it is easier for you to image.

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A 'hive' is a house for bees.

A 'colony' is a family of bees.

For your pictures :censored:

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do they have a honey season or does the honey come into the hive all year around ?

any reason they do not have more boxes on the hives to collect honey?

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Do you have a varroa problem?

I don't remember much but at least, there are two main type of varroa we got. 1 is black color and 1 is white color. We use formic axit and a some kind of drugs (come from China) to kill them. (I will ask my father for which kind is used to kill which kind of varroa).

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what is also interesting is the cuts on the tree trunks.

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A 'hive' is a house for bees.

A 'colony' is a family of bees.

For your pictures :censored:

Sorry if I make any mistakes, I got trouble with the words. I'm not good at English.:cry:

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what is also interesting is the cuts on the tree trunks.

They are rubble trees. These cuts are used to extract (rubber) resin which is to make something like tiers, elastic mattresses...

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Sorry if I make any mistakes, I got trouble with the words. I'm not good at English.:cry:

Yes, you have enough 'English'. And it is good!

All of us make 'mistakes' but we learn from them.

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Cong do not apologize any more you are doing great and we are very interested Thanx

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Are there any bee hives near Wellington? I really want to see some.

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What diseases are your bees battling?

Do you have Varroa in Vietnam?

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@P K Tan is a beekeeper in porrirua @Shaun is up the coast a bit more

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There's also a beekeeping club in Wellington if you look for it. Welcome to the forum @Cong we are very interested in your experiences in your home country

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What diseases are your bees battling?

Do you have Varroa in Vietnam?

May be the same as yours. Varroa is one of the biggest problems in our country. two main kinds of them (one with black color and another is white).

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