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    For info I over-winter my hives on a single brood box. My bees are local mutts which have been bred for winter survival and thriftyness (amongst other things). I use Winter Under Supering. If the technique is not known on this forum, let me know. Let me know where to post an explanation ...... no anatomical suggestions please ....
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    Great to see you @Roy Arbon on Te Radar's show on ONE last night.
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    Just ordered a pallet of old man pine boxes from apperleys very good to deal with. I called them this morning and they had them ready for freight this afternoon. freight was only $50 delivered to my door very cheap.
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    Kelston Auckland - lovely elderly couple have had bees in their walls and ceiling for 3 years now. Time to move them on. Anyone want to try and get them. The couple are happy for bits of wall to be removed or holes to be cut to get them out. they will have had no treatment for mites in 3 years and are still going strong. Would these now be mite resistant bees.Surely an excellent hive to keep and study maybe? As tempting as it is, I dont want any more, so if anyone wants to try, get in touch and I will put you on to them.
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    You looking to go in up the Mangahao (spelling? I should know Shannon is my home town) power station road? Yep like anywhere in the Tararuas it can get up to hurricane force winds through there..and no, I'm not joking:) And maybe Kintail are lurking around that area as well?
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    Unfortunately not Debi, if the comb is not destroyed by wax moths between occupancy the new swarm will happily make use of it. I'm not saying this hive is not the original that's been there 3 years, just, it's more likely something else has happened. After you have the bees removed, be interesting to see if another swarm moves in next season.
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    If you freeze the drone brood then put it back in the protein in the brood will be recycled so hive resource is not wasted. Adding a frame of eggs and brood will keep them going and give them a chance to raise their own queen and help prevent laying workers. It will buy you time if you want to buy in a queen too.
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    Reminder to self, be nice to Roy, he's famous, don't dis the west coast climate no no no :whistle:
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    No sorry, you can't export to NZ
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    I don't see why. At the propolis Extraction factory they soak all the wax/propolis in alcohol, This leaves the wax as a solid on the liquid. The alcohol is then distilled off for reuse and the pure propolis is left behind for whatever use they have for it. Manuka NZ is also looking at how they can collect the wax and the pay the suppliers of the raw product for that also.
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    Trevor I have a mental image of mad scientist...:rofl::rofl::rofl:
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    what fraz said what will happen is they will run unlimited amount of room for brood and you have only left them 5 frames of stores. thats actually less than what you have when wintering as single box. single box will have 8-9 frames of honey and 1-2 frames of brood. if you winter them with a super on, its a full super. how they go into winter determines how they come out of it. so how you winter them depends on what you want for spring. i've got a wide range to look at and its quite noticeable the difference. single brood are the slowest to get going, single brood + super is quicker and double brood is the fastest.
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    Leave one 3/4 super full on top of the brood box. Be prepared up your way to even have some honey coming in over winter as well.
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    Wax does not melt in the Alchohol
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    I guess with every hive that gets set up we are needing to register it as an apiary and therefore will be charged by the authorities?
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    Thats a nice way to do it Pbee trading for food.
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    I do love this forum, every question has many answers but as we know bees are never straight forward. Thanks for your in depth thoughts. i think it maybe best to try a few different setups and see how they go. At present i have hives with upto ten frames full of brood hard to imagine them right down too three. thanks all
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    The thing I notice here is if you leave the honey box on the bees wont pack out the brood box with stores the same as they do with no honeybox so what we get is alot more brood for alot longer. I would say off the top of my head a single with a honey box on top will go into late autumn with as many as 5 good frames of brood whereas with no honey box left on the bees will pack out the brood bix right down to an area of brood the size if a large grapefruit over maybe 3 frames. This means that theres not as many bees overwintering so the stores last longer. The other thing we notice is that there seems to be more mites in the singles with honeybox is it because theres been more brood over a longer period? I dont know but seems that way. If you have warm weather all year round do you also have some kind of nectar and pollen trickling in? If your bees are raising brood all year round you will need more stores than we need on our hives as we get a colder period in winter. The best thing you can do as a new beekeeper is ask what other beekeepers do in your area. Its amazing how hives in different areas need to managed in different ways sometimes management changes site by site in the same valley.
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