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  1. Sad day for you Janice I've got a rooster to deal to tonight he/she finely came out of the closet . On a good note get to unbox a new 330mm thicknesser and a 254mm sliding mitre saw say hello to nice straight jumbo boxes ,getting a nice shed of tools
    5 points
  2. In my opinion. Anymore than 10 hives isn't a hobby anymore. If someone had 10 hives over the fence from me I'd start asking questions. Also, what does the council say your allowed depending on your area? I am allowed 2 hives, if I have more than that then I am breaking the rules.. So really, if you wanted to play it like that, legally you can do what your entitled to, and you can tell your neighbours to get stuffed. But once you go down that road you can kiss good relationships goodbye. I don't make a habit of discouraging people from bees, but I really think we are fast approaching a m
    5 points
  3. We put the strips in the last of our distant hives today. They are looking pretty good. This is a new site for us, lots of lovely flowers on the way there, a great big wattle flowering its heart out and the willows are just starting up, with many more to come. Nectar is coming in and there's a ton load of pollen. Makes me happy to have my head in a hive, breathing in that lovely bee smell and listening to the hum, while miles away from anywhere and not a power pole in sight. Saw some more of Daley's & Michaels last years queens, they look fat and happy and are doing the business. Lovely s
    4 points
  4. Me, I am just about to attempt my first Frame assembly.
    3 points
  5. Couple of thoughts... Yes it could have been Varroa - most likely it was! But it would bee best if you had an experienced beek have a look at your deadout. There are cells on your second frame with holes in them. Don't boil honey, it gives the bees the trotts. Better is to freeze the frames (there is a wax moth tunnelling in one of them frames) and use them in another hive. Or when you have another 'strong' colony you can use these frames, but make sure they are at room temperature. Bees will clean them up! Last but not least, it is always better to have 2, rather than just one colony f
    3 points
  6. Ooops!! That is Poppy our Giant Flemish:D
    2 points
  7. An article on Manuka Honey will be included in the Rural Delivery programme on TV1 next Saturday 14 Sept at 7.00am
    2 points
  8. I suggest you have the hive inspected for AFB, the sooner the better too....
    2 points
  9. I hope all readers are filling in a submission form to try and stop this going through. Lets stick it to them and run the ######s out of town.
    2 points
  10. I think it depends on quantity. If you are a commercial you shouldn't be dumping hives on top of other beekeepers if you are a hobbyist and you have maybe 12 hives then I don't have a problem with having them closeby as long as the forage is there. It's the commercials and sideliners dumping overtop that really gets me upset because thats affecting my bottomline. In the end it comes down to morals and the old beekepers agreement because there's nothing you can do about anyone putting bees wherever the landowner says they can. Unfortunately many beekeepers/havers don't have morals
    2 points
  11. Hi I got a Ozito thicknesser and a Ryobi saw the Ozito is under pass type 330mm wide cut it's the same as the Ryobi and trade pro one just $100 cheaper there would be a few boxes and frames to pay that lot back but they will be used for other things as well .They have been on my wish list for some time now goes well with the buzzer and the combo saw table and router
    1 point
  12. Extracted 3 FD honey super meant for the bees this winter. They did not need it. Will look for more on the hives probably tomorrow. One box had 3/4 uncapped honey. Extracted that separately and will consider turning that to mead.
    1 point
  13. What brand of thicknesser? and saw? I have and old 12" Tanner thicknesser which is under powered and cuts slightly tapered, Would love to get one of these new insert spiral head thicknessers. Can't ever justify the price for bee boxes though. And as for my sliding miter saw, It isn't even mine, rather a long term loan from a family member, like wise I'd love a new flash saw.
    1 point
  14. Finally completed. Now it is legless and on a pallet ready to travel to Wellington:D
    1 point
  15. Sounds like someone/s I know who has/have all the toys/tools:rofl:
    1 point
  16. as above you need to get that inspected to make sure its not afb. absolute waste of time doing anything until thats done. while your waiting for that make sure the honey is sealed so other bees can't rob it.
    1 point
  17. No splits for me, I have plenty of hives (7) anyway.
    1 point
  18. Sorry to hear that Janice, hopefully the comb and gear is all healthy and you can do a couple of quick Splits from your other hives, perhaps treat yourself to a nice plumb Golden queen in each from Frazz to Cheer yourself up and before you know it your Hazels will be humming ...
    1 point
  19. :cry: aw.. That's no good! You'll just have to make some splits
    1 point
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