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  1. 5 points
    On the way home after a weekend away working and playing 32 hives 16 double and 16 single Three people and a box of gear and a bag of clothes and one sheep for the freezer
  2. 5 points
    Great to meet a fellow beek from here on the forums. @HSV_Darren has a great spot for his hives, I'm definitely jealous. As he has mentioned, we went through the suspect hive in great detail and although it has a very high mite load and lots of dmv, there was nothing that we saw requiring a bonfire - a huge relief all round. Bit of a feed, some varroa treatment and a close eye should see this hive bounce back ok. Full credit to Darren though for putting his hand up publicly and asking for help - it's attitudes like this that will help us work towards minimising or eradicating AFB.
  3. 4 points
    Had been through the hive tree weeks ago when I took the honey boxes off, as per normal for my hive ( have only one, 1st year started with a Nuc in October) brood are in both boxes but only in about a half to a third of the frames as the frames all carrried a fair amount of honey around tops and sides. This week After bee club meeting where they discussed moving brood to single box with winter honey and pollen in other box. There was varied opinion wether brood or stores should top box. Anyway thought seemed like a good idea to move them around to concentrate best i could the brood into one box. As I opened up and lifted off the top box I thought it seemed heavy but didn't think much about it, when went through my lower box I noticed a lot of honey was missing. I was getting concerned that I had taken too much honey and that they were using what was left too quickly. Then I started going through the top box... ,1st frame full capped honey, 2nd the same and so on through the box virtually all the frames were full of capped honey. The bees must have already decided to prep for winter by shifting their honey and decided to reside with brood only in the lower box. Hard to argue top or bottom box when the bees chose for themselves lower box for brood. Was tempted to rob some more honey, as the club guys up here were saying they only leave about 4 frames, but I already removed 20kgs and my priority is to try come out the other end of winter as best I can.
  4. 4 points
    I have to say its nice to know others are having the same issues. The only human access into my shed at home is a roller door. I've open and shut that door in quick succession so many times this weekend my neighbours must think I've got OCD. Actually they probably think I've lost the plot when they saw me hosing the shed down. Glad to be taking the last of my honey out to be done this week. Once thats done I can start work on my purpose build shed!
  5. 4 points
    Hive update! Had another look at the suspect hive this morning with the help of Curious George who I met up with in Featherston, armed with a better understanding of what to look for in a AFB hive and a PMS hive we looked through the brood nest and open suspect cells, a lot of dead bees stuck inside cells and visible varroa, found only two or three cells that had brown liquid inside, but did not rope out at all, inside was a whole bee in brownish liquid, no smell. We both came to the conclusion that this was not an AFB hive but still keep a close eye on the hive in checks to come. We put some MAQS into hive and left as the bees were getting grumpy, I got about 4-5 stings to my face, one under my eye, I must be building a tolerance as there is no pain after 30 minutes and no swelling, thank you everyone for you input, especially Courios George who took time out of his day to help me out.
  6. 3 points
    Sorry for the delay in reply, I am zipping between home and Auckland at the mo doing a few little maintenance jobs for our daughter. I started with 10 FD but I am planning to leave FD brood boxes and I have a FD box above each one that is full of honey for winter stores so will probably leave them for the time being. I have already converted 2 boxes which only leaves 4 = 40 frames. Now I have got the hang of it I can convert a frame in less than 10 minutes so probably just as easy to bimble away and do the rest while it is raining this week. ps. I tested one for strength, once the silicone is fully cured you have to cut to separate them and is hard to tell from original so I am quite pleased.
  7. 3 points
    I had a crazy couple of days at home with bees trying to get in to my shed, in fact my neighbor rang me every day to tell me my bees were swarming. I just finished scooping up a 10 liter bucket of bees that could'nt get out after I blocked the entrances. I ended up putting the hose spraying mist over the shed door to deter them during the day until I got all the boxes down to Taupo for extraction and the home hives removed to an out of town apiary. Home hives now 50kms away from home Loading honey supers up at 1am to take down to Taupo. No robbers around at that hour of the day
  8. 3 points
    Definitely glad I saw this thread here - got me wondering about why I hadn't got an invoice. Sure enough, there it was tucked away in the spam folder! Even google thinks it's a suspicious email...
  9. 2 points
    Last couple of evenings I've been processing all the part boxes that came off in the last two weeks. With escape boards and late afternoon extraction the bees were none the wiser. Until it came to rendering down the wax cappings. The aroma of soft beeswax must carry very well. The shed is now engulfed in a cloud of optimistic bees. Fortunately for me the honey is all in sealed buckets and the wets are either wrapped or in the freezer. Better luck next season robbers!
  10. 2 points
    Dunny bee is a more interesting alternative name for hover flies.
  11. 2 points
    I knew that Just checking observation skills
  12. 2 points
    @Curious George @HSV_Darren Now where's the awesome emoji when you need it?
  13. 2 points
    As advised, 4 strips went in today. Thanks, will wait now 4 weeks before going in again and swapping around strips.
  14. 2 points
    The first grafting in 2017
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    @Dave Black, forgive my ignorance, but would the fact that they haven't been using Bayvarol for over a decade in Germany mean that the mites would "lose" their resistance to it? I understand that the resistance is a chance mutation that is then passed on, but if that mutation no longer was an advantage (ie Bayvarol no longer in use) would it still be prevalent? Please forgive my murdering of the language of your field, hopefully the gist of what I'm asking is there.
  17. 1 point
    @Rob Stockley Also has a fancy @dansar lid needs an updated photo
  18. 1 point
    Yes.... I may sit in it in summer too.....
  19. 1 point
    Robbing hasn't been that bad round here this year although I do everything to avoid it. One thing you can try with your tui feeding is to water it down more as birds will take a lot thinner syrup than bees. Also keep it in the shade but if they have got a taste for it you might have to stop for a month or so until it gets a bit colder.
  20. 1 point
    Another warm autumn day in Hawke's Bay. The bees don't seem to fit in the hive any more :)
  21. 1 point
    Bees busy as, all over this yellow daisy It's in full flower and several bushes on the side of a bank. Collecting pollen Im guessing.
  22. 1 point
    I'd give them a call tomorrow. In my first year of beeking, I had no idea about this levy. In fact, the first I knew of it was a physical letter saying they were going to be taking debt recovery action against me. Apparently they had emailed me twice, but as I don't make a habit of checking the spam folder, and it getting emptied automatically every 30 days, their emails had gone the way of the Dodo.
  23. 1 point
    I think @Ali is spot on, I was planning to post to this effect (Now that 1st April has gone), that there is a similarity between the words "HONESTY" and "HONEY" which is more than the first 4 letters. It is my opinion that the honey industry should come clean, make a full confession about the frankly dishonest information which has been and is being disseminated, and get the great honey's into the international market using all the factors of good honey and New Zealand. And ditch the manuka nonsense. Or are people allergic to being honest ?
  24. 1 point
    I think MPI will be bringing in more regulations regarding tracing of honey. I can see in the near future boxes of honey needing to be tracked back to the hive it came from similar to the NAIT system on cattle. They are overdue to bring out more regulations with fees attached to bulk up their coffers
  25. 1 point
    Without being too crass, I now tell people who contact me in Spring saying "I lost my bees" and on questioning admit that they either did not treat or put treatment in in May, that I will not sell them bees. It's either them knowing better, or just that there is just so much "false news" out there. it seems to be having an effect, the FFC group all have their strips in by the end of February or first week in March (almost all ...). And I recommend Bayvarol because we know how well it works IF its put in the hive.
  26. 1 point
    Deon, with respect, and I recognise that you're tagged as a beginner, but your titling the thread 'chalkbrood, sacbrood..' when they are not at all evident in the photo (to the point of being the opposite symptoms) says you're a long way behind the eight ball on disease identification. If you haven't got a copy, get the yellow AFB book and study up on disease identification. If those bees have died at emergence then the most likely issue is high varroa loading - they've been too weakened during development to emerge. Get that Bayvarol in quicksmart and watch the hive carefully. Really, at the start of April, ideally you'd be at least half way through your varroa treatment.
  27. 1 point
    I think the NZ honey industry has in some ways shot itself in the foot with the whole Manuka issue. While it has led to increased revenues for Beeks on the whole it has also created something of a monster in the way of uncontrolled growth of hive numbers, competition for sites and risky management practices without a sufficient disease checking (AFB) structure in place. The industry would probably profit from a concerted re branding and new marketing approach in a direction away from the presently recognised "brand" of "Manuka". NZ produces incredibly good honeys in an incredible environment that has not completely gone down the gurgler yet as so many have.
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