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  1. 5 points
    Mate told me he had swarm on his fence and it had been there for 2 days, Shot down to Edgecumbe an was pretty happy to brush the bees gently into a box all went to plan, Got a couple stings was good to. hopefully they will be happy in there new home an draw out the new frames an get busy. Was a awesome Buzz for my 7 year old who loves bee keeping he is happy with his new hive.
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    Great to have the kids involved, and its good to see your boy getting a swarm. I have my 8 year old daughter to help me .... complete with custom painted pink hive tool! [GALLERY=media, 971]20161029_100409 by Dave G posted Nov 4, 2016 at 19:57[/GALLERY]
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    It's possibly a bit sad when your favourite piece of clothing is your bee suit! Thanks Trev. I am rather excited really. O.K. REALLY excited. :love: my:bee:
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    Who doesn't want to spend hours driving around in Utes on bad or non exsistent roads, clothed in heavy clothing from head to foot, wearing steel capped boots, lifting heavy weights over and over again, looking at stinging insects all day, mostly in hot, humid weather?
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    Laying worker colonies, they make qcelss.. above "everything", above cell with pollen, and of drone larva they try to make queens.. Picture is from one ( mine) laying worker colony, if noticed, surface of such qcell is smoother than ordinary qcell. In old literature is mentioned such visual distinctiveness..
  7. 2 points
    The value of most assets is typically determined by the expected return from them. If returns continue to increase, as they appear to currently be doing eg manuka honey sales eg pollination rates, hive values will increase. In addition there is a speculative market too where people buy into something on the basis they expect it to keep on increasing (or decreasing) in value, there is possibly a bit of that going on. Values certainly seem very healthy. About a month ago I put a nuc up on Trademe just to see what would happen. It sold for $500 (bees and frames only). It was a very strong, good nuc. I then had one passed in at $400, and later sold another for $465 (bees and frames only). With the two that sold I ended up throwing in gear, you can afford to at those sort of prices. From what I'd seen on Trademe eg 48 single box hives sold for about $750 each, so Trademe and your sales values are reasonably similar. Who knows where the market will go. I remember back in 2007 saying I couldn't see anything that was going to knock the Auckland housing market, then there was the GFC, and prices were static until 2012. I don't think the honey / bees market(s) / business are anything to worry about perhaps apart from the new manuka standards and provided you don't over-capitalise, don't take on too much debt, don't lock yourself into long term costs, don't make commitments based upon an expectation the market will just keep going up, and don't rely upon just one income stream ie sensible prudent management. Wouldn't it be great if what came out of all of this "madness" is a sustainable, clean green, premium industry for NZ.
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    Not my Goatini! She's only small and not a pest. I'm not opposed to shooting any other goats of course, just the baby ones :love:
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    One of the best things about beekeeping is there's something new to learn every season.
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    I've definitely seen royal jelly in drone cells and just checked a few articles out. They do get RJ for the first 3 days then the diet is changed. Just reading my queen rearing book by woodward "Drone larvae are fed much more jelly than worker larvae because of their larger size but also the drone diet has a wider range of proteins. The composition of the older drone larvae changes as workers add more pollen and nectar" pg 14. And nothing to be embarrassed about if aa experienced beek doesn't know absolutely every tiny detail about beekeeping, we all go through live with gaps in our education, and I would say when he was learning it would have been a much more word of mouth apprenticeship kind of thing, I think now we have the internet at the tips of our fingers we tend to be a lot more suspicious of anything we are told, and like to try to check "facts" out. We have a pretty good means to do so, wheras back then you didn't, especially if you were not a reader.
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    I'm wondering about this. No one was charged (therefore no evidence that it was stolen). Likewise, as a primary product, that can be harvested, it is difficult to claim that it's proceeds of crime. They were planning to export it (like most beekeepers do). If it was packed in a compliant manner, they could make a healthy return, reducing their reliance on criminal behaviour. Seems counter productive really. Seems like there is a whole lot of detail missing from this. Also, I did hear of a drum go missing from a storage shed. Maybe it's one and the same. (Also, I could work for the herald, because I too can copy paste from google search).
  14. 1 point
    Good on ya, John Carter! I know there've been requests here on the forum from Taupo/Turangi residents looking for local beekeeping advice. Well, now you have an avenue: Beekeepers banding together
  15. 1 point
    My 7yr old son cant get enough of this. Just love's it.
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    Last Wednesday I got a call to remove a swarm from a tree in my husbands workmates apple tree. It was a decent swarm and I removed it to my place 10km away. Yesterday I was called again and this time there was two even bigger swarms in the exact same apple tree. Is it common for swarms to end up in the same place as previous swarms? Do they leave some scent to attract other swarms to the same place? Both these last two swarms had queens and were about 1m apart.
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    It maybe all their swarms end up at the top of a tall tree . All mine do . I constantly impressed at the conveniently located swarms I see photographed and uploaded to the forum.
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    It's not my place, just a lady that doesn't like bees and the black buzzing whirlpool of a settling swarm! I would think it was an impressive sight. I looked over all the surrounding fences but could not see anything. She is worried about more and has two small dogs that live in the garden. Any suggestions on if to put a swarm trap there to encourage them to settle more quickly or if to smoke or wash the tree down to try discourage any more that head that way.
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    They don't usually swarm very far unless they are disturbed and they 'run away' from you, they definitely leave behind a smell. I usually get all the bees off and then either smoke the absolute :crap: out of it with the smoker or spray the area with air freshener. It's the same reason why swarms will move into a stack of supers, it wasn't because they didn't like their old home, it's because they thought it was too small, if bees have been there before it must be a good place to be so others will go there too.
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    There are all sorts of theories, maybe there's a hive upwind that is poorly managed. The original swarm settled there for a reason, evidently the second swarm liked it too. I hope other swarms settle in the same place I got the last one, was very easy.
  21. 1 point
    Im contractually obligated to destroy pest animals on site while on my Bee blocks (Goats mainly) So Im well equipped to do this.
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    I'd believe it.. saw some photos of a rough looking bunch up the east coast somewhere recently. So tough they even travel with an attack goat.
  23. 1 point
    Reading the business news, I see China has imposed a tax on Internet purchases (rather like we have). This has suppressed demand, especially for imported consumer products like (but it not only) honey.
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    I leave the check for 3 days and if the queen is not out, then I release her. Leave for 2 weeks and then do a normal check. Well done on your first queen introduction.
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