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  1. 5 points
    Cant afford to much???then this little radio remote crane is a great start. very well priced.
  2. 4 points
    What's big and hairy and destroys beehives. We had a very light frost this morning followed by one of the most perfect June days I can ever remember, it was just stunning. I finished up my day with a bit of wood splitting (strangely this is one of my favourite occupations) and I was just putting the last bin away and obviously daydreaming when I backed over one of my breeders. It's amazing how fast the old tractor can go when pushed. Fortunately although I broke the bottom box there was no real damage to the bees and I soon had them back together. I guess I get the Wally of the week award.
  3. 3 points
    A risky business unless you can find a commercial producer to come to your party. There is a real food safety issue with honey around here, particularly comb honey, viz tutin, a possibly fatally toxic natural ingredient. Commercials have their honey tested for it.
  4. 2 points
    Good news, no harm done. We had a colleague at medical school who was known as "Rope" - coarse, thick and hairy. I think he went into Orthopaedics ...
  5. 2 points
    My lap is currently being kneaded by a fluffy grey tabby who likes to carry socks. Her mother is a Bengal.
  6. 2 points
    Thank you. I do understand and will be more careful in the future. Again, I wholeheartedly agree with your methods of destroying the hives before it can spread and get out of hand. Let my posts be a warning as to what can happen if all New Zealand beekeepers do NOT follow the protocol in immediately destroying infected hives in the safest manner possible!
  7. 2 points
    @apiqueen i read your posts in the positive way you intended but you need to recognise the context into which you are posting. Our AFB strategy relies heavily on every beekeeper towing the line and the majority do. But there are some who either naively, or because they know better, think they can achieve better outcomes by following advice from overseas. This inevitably doesn't work because the advice they follow is meant for use in another context. The result is hives dead and dying from AFB becoming robbing targets and thus spreading the disease. Our strategy relies on destruction of those hives, BEFORE they can be robbed. So any one posting advice that might induce an impressionable or knows-it-all beekeeper to delay destruction of an infected hive is met with a barrage of sternly worded replies. The emotional response is because we care and because every bit of bad advice (in the New Zealand context) must be countered quickly before it grows a mind of its own. We welcome your posts and enjoy your perspectives on beekeeping. Please take this in the constructive manner it was meant.
  8. 2 points
    why was it a bad move?
  9. 2 points
    Two is plenty for a start, and two is better than one.
  10. 2 points
    Just saw this lovely Bumble Bee on my Broad Beans. I also see the self sown tomato is in flower
  11. 2 points
    And that is what winds me up. You have honey producers/ packers bleating on about producers of Kanuka/ manuka blend honey being able to sell their honey under the Manuka label, as they have done historically long before the manuka bubble. And yet those same people will buy high active Manuka honey and blend the heck out of it with honeys that have no similarity to manuka other than a dark colouration. the guy Steens, dont know his first name, stood up at the meeting on Manuka standards, and blasted all Kanuka produces pretty much saying they were devils spawn! Comvita sells more 5+ manuka than any other product, 8+ was supposed to be the cut off for therapeautic benefits 5+ dosnt even rank. I guess the big players could see a-major money making opportunity and have gone for it !! Good luck to them but why should their bush blends be allowed to sell under the manuka label when a traditional blend of Manuka / kanuka shouldnt be sold. .
  12. 2 points
    Great thanks, yeah for sure 2 will be plenty for a start . I've found our local club meets this weekend so will have a good talk with them.
  13. 2 points
    Farming insects is not quite the same as animals, but similar in that jobs need to be done when they need to be done.
  14. 1 point
    obviously not a bengal then our bengal is 11yrs old, hates being picked up , will not sit on anyone's lap but likes lots of attention and talks a lot. . when she first appeared, before we knew her real name, we just called her whinge. but now we refer to her as her highness
  15. 1 point
    Found some info on supplements to fortify bees gut flora and may help with our nosemas and newly classified greeblies-not AFB. Incidence pretty low-just not low enough. TPPA-trans pacific partnership agreement @apiqueen As for GMOS the amount they are sprayed now is a problem (can be twice as much in US crops according to some) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEX654gN3c4 and depending on the manner of modification using RNA viruses it has been found that the mix is unstable and occupies the gut and pesticides can affect gut flora. But I only believe half of what I read. Has been interesting reading tho but I'm sure others know a lot more. Actually large amounts of hives were lost here (as skeps in common use) to AFB many moons ago and I will send mine to Valhalla with a toast of mead should ever the need arise. Keep posting @apiqueen as I reckon it's good to keep having these conversations-especially clarifying our AFB management
  16. 1 point
    And to think that I thought that I was the only one who did not understand... Although maybe I am, and somebody's being put on the spot? :cool:
  17. 1 point
    Nuie Beekeepers have I believe a problem with high moisture content in the honey.I want the perfect place with perfect bees. No wind, rain only at night and only when it is needed, nectar and pollen 10 months of the year (we All need some rest) and no Carniolan crosses.
  18. 1 point
    And I'm no longer a male anymore either lol! :lol I'm a Nu Bee, rather I should say newbie...:oops:
  19. 1 point
    That was never my intention, and I do apologize as I did not realize that. I do know that if NZ keeps allowing genetically modified and genetically engineered crops into the country that you will be faced with more and more problems like this and a whole lot more! That's why so many other countries' bee colonies are being decimated. You've seen the damage that it has caused in other countries, but you still have time to prevent it from happening in yours. I truly hope that this will never be the case in your beautiful and pristine country.
  20. 1 point
    What do you know... it appears that I have emerged at last
  21. 1 point
    You have further regression to look forward to. I remember being a drone, laying about, flying fast, a mistress in every hive, stopping anywhere I liked and helping myself. Those were the days.... Look at me now, a pupa :cry:
  22. 1 point
    Ours is a very old lady of about 18 years. If I had to guess her pedigree it would be smooch x lap-puss. She purrs the place down by day and rattles the rafters with her snoring by night. Despite advanced kidney disease she shows no inclination to giving up her spot on our laps.
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  24. 1 point
    something completely unrelated to bees. a stray cat wandered into our lives 6months ago who looks just like yours we have since found out she is a pure bred bengal and her history is yours a bengal
  25. 1 point
    I remember when two dollars was a really good price but I wouldn't like to have to survive on that now. The huge increase in hive numbers has also led to a huge increase in costs such as sugar feeding and pollen substitute along with in some cases massive drops in production. Add on varroa with its extra costs and workload plus the threat of imported honey and imported diseases, varroa resistance and Nosema cerania (this is a huge elephant in the room ) and you have to wonder about the long-term viability of beekeeping. You have to wonder whether it's better to go down with the ship or to sell the ship now and retire to a nice tropical island.
  26. 1 point
    The tree experts here on the peninsula estimate 10% manuka which flowers earlier and is in damper areas - but who cares, kanuka gives much nicer honey. This year was a bumper for k honey, I don't think I once saw a forager on k flowers, or maybe just so much k that it diluted out the bees. Very popular k honey is, my clients just laugh about manuka honey, maybe a sign of an educated populace here !
  27. 1 point
    Heaps of manuka down here, and kanuka, all in together. I have paddocks of it. Hubby cut the gorse on our steep paddocks with a scrub bar and left the manuka which has now taken over.
  28. 1 point
    The data on this is extremely dodgy (poor use of DNA techniques). While I do not doubt the detection of viruses et, any quantitative gene data should be taken with a grain of salt, due to the methods used (or not used as the paper doesn't describe appropriate controls). They may have indeed done these controls and the data is fine - problem is, from the paper you cant tell
  29. 1 point
    @frazzledfozzle thought this piece from radio national yesterday might interest you. Looks like you are not alone, banging that drum. A New Zealand honey company says that the amount of so-called manuka honey being exported far outstrips the actual production. The managing director of Canterbury-based Airborne Honey, Peter Bray, said export figures for last year suggested that premium-priced manuka honey made up more than 70 percent of total sales, or over 6000 tonnes. He said that revealed a significant discrepancy with the actual production volume. "Basically there isn't enough manuka honey being produced to meet the levels that are shown going out in the export statistics, at the prices they're going out at. "There's an insatiable demand for manuka honey that is being sold in export markets at extremely high prices, and there are no standards or regulations in New Zealand that are creating a gate, if you like, through which everything's assessed." The Primary Industries Ministry (MPI) introduced interim labelling rules for manuka honey last year, but they are not due to take effect until January next year. Mr Bray said the voluntary interim guidelines did nothing meaningful to prevent other honey varieties being blended with manuka and then labelled and sold as manuka honey, when at best it they were, in fact, a manuka blend. He said recognised world standards required a honey to be "wholly or mainly" made from the named source on the label, yet a high proportion of honey sold as manuka failed to meet this threshold.
  30. 1 point
    They will give you good advice for your area. Can't beat local knowledge.
  31. 1 point
    Not a one. My hive died out when life got busy with a marriage breakup. Was hoping for a swarm this summer just been but no luck there. Hopefully this summer is better for it.
  32. 1 point
    Yeah for sure janice also similar in rules and regulations, I, also want to learn as much about pests etc so I don't contribute to problem in beekeeping industry. Just being mindful that was all and hoping for some help in finding out about it before I invest dollars. We have always wanted to keep bees just with both working full time wasn't a option but now I work from home it seems more do able.
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