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  1. 5 points
    Hi everyone, I've been reading this board for a while now trying to glean any advice I can. I took a beekeeping course at the end of last summer, I've been buying all the equipment over the winter and I'm now as prepared as I'll ever be and am eagerly awaiting some bees, which will hopefully be ready in October. I'm pretty sure my questions will be coming thick and fast once the bees arrive:). A little about how I/we (my husband and I) became interested in bees. We moved into our property 3 years ago and the first spring we had a swarm fly along the back of our house (didn't see where it landed), we never really gave it another thought until the following spring when exactly the same thing happened again ! This time I decided to start reading around why this was happening, the more I read the more interested I became, and now I'm here hoping to successfully keep some bees . Tracy
  2. 5 points
    Your design is very similar to mine.
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    Picked up some of our frames yesterday 5 more pellets to go today hate diving in town now might be getting older. waxed up 200 last with the help of the kids so might have to start a book on how long it's before they give up .
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    I take these figures with more than a grain of salt. I once read a silly figure about how much water it takes to make a cotton T-shirt. I asked the reporter where it came from and they quoted a government report. I asked the govt department and they got it from a company report from Britain. I asked them and they got it from a green lobby group in London. So I asked them. That was years ago, and they never gave me any reply or quoted any research.
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    I have questions regarding the use of Hotwater Pressure Washer to clean old comb off plastic frames. Is there any advice anyone can give me regarding these. Do they work? Is there an ideal pressure?What should the temperature of the water be for a maximum clean? Do you need to use any chemicals as well? Do they damage the boxes? Is there a brand that anyone could recommend? Ive given up on my steam chest after melting plastic frames as I couldn't control the temperature very well. I have nearly convince the husband that he needs one of the above to clean the car and the house Ha Ha!
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    Tasmanian Blackwood appears to be the winner thanks everyone. Funnily enough, I took a photo of another tree in flower on a different part of this farm.. and didn't even notice that it appears to be the same variety. The ones a little lower on the property are already in good flower, but the ones in the location pictured above are on a high ridge and there's not a bud broken among em.
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    A Steam chest works well for wooden frames. A cold water pressure cleaner will clean up plastic frames just fine, though it is a horrible and time consuming job. Soaking the frames for a few days and scraping off most of the comb first helps. A hot water pressure cleaner at 75 deg will be quicker and better, but will cost 4 - 10 times as much as a cold cleaner. Everything is a compromise some where, make a choice and stick with the compromise.
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    Thanks Matt, I'll get onto it tomorrow and get that feeder going again with 1:1.
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    Feeding will stimulate the queen to lay more, even with honey stores. The stores have nothing to do with how much the queen lays. They are food in the bank . Feeding syrup mimics a nectar flow, which increases the laying
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    With lots of honey reserves I'm guessing feeding 1:1 syrup isn't going to help stimulate some laying like I've read about, or will it? I'm going to persevere and cross my fingers.... and order another set of hive gear to start number 2 this season.
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    I'd like to be a fly on the wall when these northern bee staff head out to work in a Kaikoura southerly :lol:lol:lol:lol:lol:lol
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    split only for swarm prevention. a big thing is to not weaken the hives. dual queen hives usually don't work well here. to advanced for a beginner to tackle. get the basics right before going to the fancy stuff. because you have very little food in there and its going to ramp up bee numbers very quickly. this is the start of the danger time, where bees ramp up numbers, a lot more mouths to feed, and stores are dwindling. very very easy to starve a hive to death. i had one today that was 8 frames of brood, two of honey. had to strip brood out of it and put frames of honey into it. swapped brood for stores with the hive next to it. got to watch the AFB risk. if i didn't do that it will be starved to death before i get back to check on it.
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    I think you need to treat for Varroa urgently on all three hives, last Summer is some time ago. You may want a sugar shake test on each hive first, and then get Apivar in, and then sugar shake later to measure the effectiveness of treatment. Hive 1: Transfer all brood frames into one box, move that box to the bottom. Maybe put a Queen Excluder on to keep Queen to bottom box - just depends really what you want to achieve. If you want more brood in the second box over time and even a second brood box don't put it on. You may need a third box at some stage. Hive 2: I'd ditch the frame feeder and free up that space getting two new frames in there, and probably put a top feeder on (for hive 1 and hive 3 also) but again depends on what you want to achieve. You may need another box soon. Same comments as above re Queen Excluder. Hive 3: Same as 2. Re splitting, split when the hives are strong and pumping. Whether to split depends on your objectives, but you will need to consider swarm prevention from mid September onwards. If you split you create an extra colony but you also compromise existing colony strength and reduce it's honey generating ability. So do you want more colonies / bees or do you want more honey? The answer to that determines how you want to proceed.
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    I agree. My conscience wouldn't let me choose a more qualified import over a NZ jobseeker IF there were some actively looking for jobs. I think a lot of the problem is a whole lot of very inexperienced bee keepers are going straight from a brief training course to running their own commercial businesses.
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    Hi Dave, I'm out West in Waitakere, good luck with getting the budget approved lol Let's hope we're both lucky and get our bees this season. No unfortunately I didn't see where they went to, at the time having no knowledge of bees my first instinct was to run in the house and close all of the windows . Yes I've been googling how to make a swarm box I am going to put one up, not really expecting to catch anything but can't hurt to try
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    I can assure you, when we have fruit to be picked we employ everybody who can pick a kiwifruit without damaging it. Beekeeping is largely seasonal and now that commercials don't use wooden frames much there often isn't enough workload to keep lots of staff going all winter which suits international workers well.
  17. 1 point
    Hi @anniiee , I hope you enjoy keeping bees as much as the rest of us. Gets pretty addictive. The library has lots of good books. @Kevin F - it's a good idea, but I doubt they have any old comb when just starting out. Still worth putting up a box with foundation and lemon grass oil.
  18. 1 point
    Ted - naive I'm not. I know the realities of commercial beekeeping, and I'm disagreeing with you sorry. I know people that have gone for jobs with a couple of the large if not largest outfits here in the far north - and they have not got the jobs! I know that both persons had good work records and references in their previous careers. They wanted a new career direction. They were passed up due to a lack of experience. And the vacancies were filled by a couple of guys from East Europe. You mention the upsides - pristine enviroments etc etc - yes, lovely it is - then you put on your veil and sweat your bum off in a sauna suit and summer temps. And don't get me wrong, i love it. Then again maybe I'm just a masochist........
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    Welcome. Sounds like you will have a good supply of bees flying by. I agree. Get a box set up with old comb and dab of lemon grass oil to lure wayward bees in. Read heaps and get involved with your local bee club.
  20. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum Tracy If you listen to podcasts, you may enjoy our Beekeeping one, that can be found HERE
  21. 1 point
    Unfortunately long hours, night work and low rewards are the realities of commercial beekeeping and nothing has changed in the 35 years I've been involved. But there are some huge upsides for people who appreciate working outside in some pristine environments and have a genuine passion for bees. It's not all about the money - and incidentally the mega large commercials I know are paying about $3 more than minimum wage for mature trainees and significantly more for anyone with a couple of years experience. I have been a beekeeper for 35 years so know exactly what back breaking work it is. For your information, pay rates for anyone with at least 2 years experience is well over $20 hour and trainees $17 -$18 depending on age. Compare those rates to other industries in NZ.
  22. 1 point
    Hi Anniiee Great to have you on the forum. Its a great place for learning.. I know I've learnt a lot here Where are you based in Auckland? Like you I've attended the Bee Course and have been purchasing gear for the upcoming season, when I have my budget approved by my wife!! Cheers Dave
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    Good info, @Janice it would be good if a disclaimer was attached to much of the pontification we see, such as "this is my opinion without any scientific or logical basis" or "I am really just making this up" or a bull grading figure be added. And this is just my opinion ...
  24. 1 point
    Ahh and we are back to the support for this coming from those who think it will help us to tidy up information and fraud around our supply. No decent beekeeper would argue with that! The issue is that we are paying an extra fee, having to fill out another form that actually does nothing meaningful for unclear results. How about we make it easier rather than more complicated to follow the rules around beekeeping in NZ....say 1 form that is clear and 1 fee that covers everything....then a harvest Dec type form that goes in with each load of extracted honey.....get some trained people who actually monitor what is going on in the industry in terms of honey source and disease. I'll happily pay my fee for that 'cause I'm ACTUALLY GETTING SOMETHING FOR IT! Paying a new fee and filling out another form for no reason and with no clearly stated aims just does my head in!!
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