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  1. Note the hive tool on the ground.
    4 points
  2. In my experience hives can be stealth robbed for ages before it's noticed. I brought some red food colouring the other day to put in my syrup feed. But I think I might buy other colours and use a different colour on each hive so I can see who's robbing who
    4 points
  3. Read into that varroa strips as well. Bury them in the landfill and drink the toxic leachate ? I approached Agrecovery one year but they were'nt too interested. Maybe things are changing and we should try again.
    4 points
  4. Hi @tudor, Rene came around with his 2 dogs tonight. We spread all the baoxes out in a couple of rows and he got each dog to check them in turn and they were all negative. He said that if there were any spores present they would be have shown up on the base board. So I can now melt down the wax without fear of contaminating any of my equipment. He also checked my 3 home hives and they were also negative. He said he was going up to Christchurh on the weekend to check out some used gear for a beek that was looking at buying them.
    3 points
  5. It was a bit dark so I just assume when you let the dog out of the ute the 2nd time it was a different dog. Just shows you shouldn't assume anything including that you don't have AFB because you haven't seen any symptoms. If anyone wants to check the gear they have in storage to give you piece of mind then I recommend that you Rene & Flynn check them out. Thanks again Rene
    1 point
  6. Yup, It would be really good to do some trial work (using progressively less infected material-down to 'one cell' etc.... )
    1 point
  7. Is that willow dew or beech dew? I love beech dew, I have only tasted it a couple of times but would have imagined it went for big bucks. Bush honey is lovely too, surely worth more. No simple answer, except to shop around widely I guess.
    1 point
  8. I used to be pretty sceptical about the value of dogs in AFB detection but having seen them work and having talked to a few people about it I have become if not completely converted then at least a lot more enthusiastic and I believe they have have a huge potential. One of these days I would like to set up a proper double-blind experiment so the dogs could really show their stuff and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt there ability and worth. The ability to sniff out infected hives doesn't really surprise me because I have seen my own father detect a foul brood by sent before he even got out of
    1 point
  9. normally any empty dry combs should be removed completely and not left behind the follower board. Lots of other threads on this, a summary is: Store in a place with lots of sunlight, ventilation and an air gap of at least 3cm between combs. If not, they'll be destroyed by wax moth most likely. Normally in a top bar hive the bars are touching so putting a bag on top of the top bars is to have it outside of the hive. If the hive roof is bee proofed and you can leave out one top bar then it might work, but that is highly unusual and overall I think you are better to feed inside of the hive.
    1 point
  10. You'll probably find the hive nearest the old location will have picked up a few extra bees at the expense of the other. Now they're moved, I'd leave them moved. If there is an imbalance in numbers you can exchange positions around midday to even them up.
    1 point
  11. Thanks @frazzledfozzle - the queen supplier was all for requeening again but I'd rather let them do Thiet thing and yes there are drones and a number of drone cells so I agree we won't be alone. Depends a bit on the weather but it is Auckland. I'm gonna hang in ther
    1 point
  12. I don't know Auckland but you can see there's drones in @Timw's hive so I imagine they will be in others as well. I also imagine that Auckland can get nice temperatures at this time of year, so I wouldn't bet against getting a mated queen if she can get out between rain showers.
    1 point
  13. 72 hour mite fall check. Hive 1, 66. 48 hours, 105. 24hrs, 160. = 331 about 3% about 10k bees. Hive 2, 7. 48 hours, 11, 24hrs, 4. = 22 ###### all, this hive is more aggressive and darker. Been low all season. Hive 3, 27. 48 hours 23. 24hrs, 55.= 105. aoout 2%- based on 5000 bees (probably 7K but less than 10K) A reducing mite fall but still significant at 72 hours. I like seeing dead wax moth larvae on the boards as well! Bonus.
    1 point
  14. Got offered $7.00 /kg for Dew the other day. I did'nt bother getting out of bed..... I'm on my three month annual leave !
    1 point
  15. Err.. How to say in " neighbourhood" in Europe one beek made some his own hive design and advertised as unimaginable better than any existing hive: as advertise goes.. no swarming, far more honey yields, even less or no diseases in his hives etc.. To not be dishonest it isn't bad hive, BUT same as any other hive.. LAST and not less important, not in any standard, which increase cost and complexity of operations. I know some young beeks which goes with " new hives" and everything is more complicated than to use the standard.. And mostly such inventors end up as joke.. Only benefit I can see
    1 point
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