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  1. 4 points
    I just finished building an observation hive for a friend in Kerikeri.Four frames high by two wide. I recommended that he use perspex instead of polycarb just because if you get a scratch or scuff on perspex you can buff it out with brasso.If you scratch polycarb that scratch is there forever.http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z265/darinz/DSCN06001_zpsp3vslmrm.jpg' alt='DSCN06001_zpsp3vslmrm.jpg'>
  2. 3 points
    As i understand this, these pathogens have been around for a long time. The coincidence seems to be that they are present in large no's in dying bees after we have started poisoning our own hives to control varroa. Are we making our hives susceptible to these pathogens by weakening the hive system try to control varroa. Could be a tangled web we weave.
  3. 2 points
    Rata is like that, we had a great flowering last summer, not expecting much this season
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    so far i can't confirm any extreme scenarios around here. not from my side or anyone i spoke to, also on the western side. but i did only random checks so far and many here have not started to really get into their hives.. i hear that one guy here got hives killed by wasp bait (test results confirmed) , so that's something to watch out for now, not only in auckland. to some of the speculations on nutrition: many of the hives that were affected last spring are on permanent sites. many have never seen an kiwi orchard. most of the areas are ok for bees, some are pretty good. bees lived there happily since many years. there is no crops like rape and hardly any corn around here. there is dairy and some of it has been replanted, probably with nic treated seed and many waterways have been planted with trees that may have been treated with nic and than there is just lots of ornamental and eatable plants that get planted by private people every year that could have seed coating / soil treatment with nics. all in all not a lot. not even i suspect a direct connection between nics and the collapses. the weather was definitely an issue last spring. and overstocking might have been a big issue, i believe.
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    You are spot on Alastair, if we Aussies had marketed "active honey" under an Aussie name I would not have an issue with it, but to take another countries hard earned brand name, (and a very successful one at that) in my mind it is like stealing, it leaves me gob smacked.
  6. 2 points
    I guess you have to work out what you want to see. I have used a big transparent hive, vaguely like your suggestion, but big enough to get into. Here's a few thoughts, in no particular order. Put the entrance at the top and the bees can't clean out, so you have to be able to; conversely, put at the bottom and it can be blocked by dead bees, stop the ventilation and cook the lot. Ventilation is always a compromise. Even four brood frames isn't big enough to provide the room, and manage the temperature. It will still need a lot of intervention to keep to four frames, or do you mean four 3/4 perspex boxes? Temperature control with perspex might be better, but my guess is you'll still have to insulate, and still have to shade. We used double glazing, but it was still a big space, especially before the combs were drawn. It was actually quite difficult to establish to start with, but was big enough to last all year. Th glazing made sure it wasn't 'open all hours'. To keep control of the temperature it had to be covered with insulation panels all the time, other than when it was opened to view. Perspex will help with condensation, but will be difficult to keep clear. We used top-bars, but once the nest was formed you couldn't see much anyway. It wasn't much of an 'observation' hive. So a few basics need exploring. What is it for, to observe or display? Is it permanent or portable? Where will you put it, in terms of light, warmth, winds, and viewing? How much maintenance can you do? The best book for observation hives is Karl Showler's. It covers all kinds, and although it's a bit old (1978) still full of useful tips. Karl Showler. The Observation Hive. Bee Books New & Old. ISBN 978-0-905652-09-2 (Third Edition)
  7. 2 points
    This would be hard enough for a local beekeeper let alone a migratory beek chasing whatever.
  8. 2 points
    Thanks for taking the time to put yourself in the fireing line @Dennis Crowley . I have learnt alot from this post .
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    I am by no means qualified but what about the mono floral thing. Bees only on Manuka and Kiwi Fruit pollen. If we only ate McDonalds and Fish and Chips I am sure we would get crook too. Maybe it is an imbalance.
  10. 2 points
    I'm sure hive numbers, density, climate and various thing come into play Frazz . . .but we still don't have enough data on it
  11. 2 points
    It's time for New Zealand to apply real political pressure on Australia to have them remove the use of the name "Manuka" from Australia honey's. Place a high profile import ban on an Aussie product, cut off diplomatic relations or ban Australian tourists. The word Manuka belongs to your indigenous peoples and is part of your language and culture, fight for it you Kiwis it's your birthright.
  12. 2 points
    We have identified Lotmaria (with Nosema) in Coromandel, Wairarapa, central North Island and East Cape. Hence the reason why I call it Cororapa - its not solely to the Coromandel
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    The only testing that was funded was a survey of Coromandel affected and 'unaffected' hives. So not so much a 'run out of funding' but more that commercial testing is the only (current) option. However things may change if some plans come to fruition. The 'out of funds' bit relates more to our bee R&D budget which was blown on developing a number of tests for Lotmaria/Crithidia plus differentiation tests once we actually had positives to identify
  14. 2 points
    Somebody was saying a lot of resident non pollination hives were effected and they wouldn't "chase scabby pollination contracts when they had manuka" or words to similar effect. And somebody else mentioned that some bigwigs had their hives there for manuka and were all good, but did they later discover problems as their hives were moved south and west? (Raglan/CNI/Wairarapa?) From an efficiency standpoint I can see the value in shipping up for pollination and phasing back south harvesting or 'chasing' manuka flow (good way of describing their hunting methods @frazzledfozzle ) What we also still don't know is did they catch the bug there or did they lose their immunity to the bug there? God speed those blokes that have gone to investigate.
  15. 1 point
    If you like it feel free to steal it... that's part of the reason I've put it up.
  16. 1 point
    i'm a bit concerned that the use of antibiotics is being trialed.. i don't think many nz beekeepers want to consider this option. why do we throw money at that than? shouldn't we first find out what the problem is. maybe trial organic remedies first before we trial antibiotics that are not permitted in nz for very good reasons?
  17. 1 point
    I'm not the drinking kind, but if you kiwis don't care about being ripped off then I guess you will get more of the same.
  18. 1 point
    I agree with you @Alastair but these friends disagreed that kiwifruit had ever been anything but kiwifruit grown in New Zealand. Chinese gooseberry was unknown to them but definitely not anything like a kiwifruit.
  19. 1 point
    I think rewarewa is like that one year you get a crop the next year you don't it's a bugga during kiwifruit pollination more stripping the hives out then feeding syrup
  20. 1 point
    Didn't we steal chinese goosberries ?
  21. 1 point
    Take photos and go to the local paper if the council won't help - especially with a spill incident.
  22. 1 point
    You might consider a Warre hive design. Each time you undersuper with a clean observation box you'd get to see the new comb being built down through the viewing area. The absence of frames would aid viewing and look more natural.
  23. 1 point
    I'm not an expert either but I can't imagine bees anywhere in NZ would suffer from mono-thingy...if manuka is in flower so's a heap of other stuff, some of which the bees prefer over manuka. And they're only on kiwifruit for a very short time.
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    You would probably still not get a reaction @Dennis C Earnshaw. We would be rolling on the ground laughing so much, you Aussies have no idea how to play rugby. We loaned you Robbie Deans long enough to completely destroy the Aussie rugby talent pool.
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    @JohnF do you think theres a reason why its been found where its been found? Or is it just random? Is it something that can be spread throughout NZ by infected bees or does it need certain triggers to set it off? Or is it too early to speculate about anything right now .
  26. 1 point
    If you Kiwis let us Australians get away with calling our honey "Manuka", well then next we will call our football team the All Blacks and see if that gets a reaction.
  27. 1 point
    We have a mix of open mesh and hive dr. I find the hive dr floors get blocked up with hive rubbish and it is hard to the base really clean. we are thinking we might have to swap the bases out and bring them home for waterblasting. they are good when we shift the hives though, easy to close up the entrance and light for carrying. I would probably go back to open mesh bases if I had the chance again.
  28. 1 point
    Yes true @api mania i guess Im thinking about hive losses being an indication of something being seriously wrong but maybe it can be in hives and not have an effect until certain factors/ conditions occur? .
  29. 1 point
    Is it because the Coromadel is overstocked with hives? Certainly the demand for nucs and hives is very high right now. Its a good thing this "bug" isnt wide spread, imagine what it would be like if we all lost 40-60% of our hives. There wouldn't be many spare bees available from anywhere. .
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