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  1. Got around the last of my apiaries today. The last site has 16 hives started as 2 frame splits with cells October last year. They had grown in size to mostly over wintered as double full depth colonies. The couple that were kept as singles are chocka full of bees, in fact stronger than when I set them up for winter. Nice! Not bothering with syrup to stimulate early this year just concentrating on building colonies up to be strong for the flow that typically starts around Christmas period. Before then I will be making a few more 2 frame splits and let them build up for the next season, almost a set and forget process once you move them from the 3 frame boxes in to a 10 frame box. Starting to excited for the coming season!
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  2. Think it is goinf to be a busy spring. Bees seem pretty active. One of our sites is west coast, and the bees are loving the pink Heather/Erica that is flowering like mad at the moment.
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  3. Spring is getting closer one site I checked today 4 out of 10 hives had capped drone brood and queen is well on her way laying in second box. Bit early for my liking but the wattle is flowering and the willows are starting to colour up. Big hives are a worry at this time as they can overrun them selfs so easy
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  4. The willows are starting to show colour we have a site close to Christchurch that starts with wattles then pussy willows followed by willows then pasture if the norwests don't burn it up, hives hit the ground running down there at home it's a slow march through the year. I'm hoping for some linden honey this year fingers crossed
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  5. Yesterday was the first warm day since autumn, being a nice 14 degrees. Was totally bummed out that I couldn't have a proper look at my hives as I was at work, but it looks like the weekend is going to be nice and warm so I'm aiming to give each hive a good check then. Pussy willow is starting to bud up nicely, hellebours are flowering profusely and even the crocuses are putting on a good show -spring is on it's way.
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  6. Could be just from bad weather. I agree with what Rob said. Sometimes it can freak you out to see a lot of dead bees, but when you think about it a lot of them are the same aged foragers from the end of summer and autumn so they've done their days. Occasionally you can get a little bit of poisoning from a few different nectars, sometimes it can be someone spraying but there are plenty of toxic things in nature. If it is poisoning, not much you can do other than hope they improve or combine them or beef them up from another hive, the most common issue I've experienced with poisoning is chilled brood because they don't have the numbers to keep warm. Make sure if you beef them(give brood from another hive, after a disease inspection) don't give them more then they can cluster on and keep warm. A place swap with a strong hive can also help boost their numbers. But it will weaken your other hives so may not be worth doing depending as you can lose both. If it's just weak then there may not be a lot you can do. Make sure your entrance is reduced right down and that they have food. If it's getting smashed by wasps you need to either trap them or poison them. If it was ok last time you looked it shouldn't be anything major so don't worry too much.
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  7. This is great stuff people. Keep it coming, learning heaps. Haven't got into my hives yet. Seems too cold. Just fed nucs cause I've never overwintered nucs before.
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  8. Nope. Just giving a talk. I am only very peripherally involved in the political side of it.
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  9. We are currently jarring our honey, most of it is creamed. We want to offer raw honey for sale as well, but the company who is currently jarring for us does not have the facility to do this for us. Does anyone have a contact of anyone who can jar commercial quantities of raw honey in an RMP premises, preferably upper half of Nth Island. Thanks
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  10. There is lots of tree Lucerne flowering in our area. I struggle to grow it, being a legume it is not partial to clay. And the pigeons keep it permanently dwarfed, and then there's the sheep
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  11. I just found this Exploring 35 Honey Floral Varieties (#21 is Highly Sought-After) No clue if there's any truth to it though
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  12. Macrocarpa is also great for parking surplus farm vehicles, tools, implements etc, under. The turpentine in the trees acts a preservative against rust.
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  13. What is the first big flow for them and when do you expect it to happen ?
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  14. @dansar no filter mate ,jus a couple $5 sieves from warehouse on top of the bucket.I'm going to get testing for identity as well as toot this season so I know what the kaupapa is for this area.
    1 point
  15. There used to be a brand on the market called CITRUS apiarys HONEY with both the citrus and the honey very large and a tiny apiarys in between. This was a reasonably successful method of passing of manuka as something else that people wanted to buy.
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  16. Speed of granulation is to do primarily with the different ratios of sugar but that is about as deep as my knowledge goes. Blue borage and clover are two of the better honeys for liquid but I really only know a few good ones and a few bad ones. Apart from comb honey I've always been more interested in producing honey than packing and marketing. Raw and pure are two of my pet hates as all honey in New Zealand should be uncooked and unadulterated. Any advertising that implies your opposition's honey is in some way inferior doesn't do any of us any good. I have seen raw honey that did include raw elements such as bees legs so I guess technically they have a point.
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  17. I used Bayvoral (spelling!) seemed healthy when I went through it after taking it out. This weekend I'll have another look. Still bees working
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  18. First and second pic is Schinus teberinthifolius
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  19. @john berry which honeys are best do you think?
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  20. Give fiona at <Content removed> in new plymouth a call She may be able to help
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  21. Thanks, never knew that.
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  22. Only some honey types are suitable for liquid honey and even then most of them will granulate (coarsely) after time so you have a limited shelf life compared to creamed or granulated honey
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  23. Not going to sell it as raw honey, that was just my way of saying uncreamed, going to be sold as runny honey.
    1 point
  24. Want to look at pollen bees gut content ect this is just learning I'm no lab rat in a coat but will look at the second hand ones
    1 point
  25. A local commercial grower who was responsible for poisoning hundreds of hives including a lot of mine over multiple years now has a beekeeping business. If his hives get poisoned I wonder if he will expect an apology and compensation because he sure never gave any.
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  26. Haha :rofl: I never have any newspaper half the time.. I just use smoke, and put the queen right colony on top, never had a problem. I know a lot of people use air freshener with no consequence but I don't like the idea of spraying a whole lot of unknown chemicals in with my bees, imagine if you tainted your honey with clean linen scent :eek:
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