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  1. Beekeeping in New Zealand
    5 points
  2. I am an AP2 AFB inspector and did a few apiaries a couple weeks ago. It was a rainy and rather miserable day but managed to get them done between showers. The beekeepers were all contacted by phone first and some were keen to be there and watch what happens. Didn't find any AFB so that was all good but did identify the odd other thing needed fixing all the beekeepers involved enjoyed the experience and appreciated any advice given, some of them have contacted me by phone since to seek more advice about things and one has asked to come out with me for a day and just hang while I work my own bees to learn. So I'd say all up it was a very positive experience for all. Be aware nearly all inspectors are commercial beekeepers who are not going to open a hive in weather so bad it will kill the hive. Me anyway, I treat other peoples hives with even more respect than I treat my own. It would be awful to get some negative feedback. I would add that it was noticeable some of the beekeepers were rather "edgy", or "negative", when I arrived, perhaps they had been reading this forum. But soon as we opened the hives and they could see all was being done professionally they quickly lightened up, and I parted with all of them on excellent terms.
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  4. Visit http://www.mahakobees.com/blog for more honey bee frame wiring information and http://www.mahakobees.com/store.html for beekeeping frame and wiring sup...
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  5. Glue on the joints both seals and strengthens the corner. Boxes rot from the inside out as the inside gets all the warmth and humidity/condensation from the bees. Either accept that the boxes rot quickly or improve the durability of the wood. Wax dip, bee safe treatment, thermoWood, are some of the options, I chose to use macrocapa as my way to improve durability.
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  6. There is an excellent article published by Forest and Bird last month on the use of fipronil plus protein to control wasps. The use of protein baits is the safest option to protect bees. I am not in favour of mixing this insecticide with sugar or honey as mentioned on other threads on this website as it will be attractive to bees and presents an unnecessary risks to bees. F&B May 2015 Wasps.pdf
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