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  1. Has the colony always stayed in the same location? I had a similar situation and ended up moving the hive to a new site and the problem never happened again.
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  2. Back on the subject of Manuka Standards - FYI, at the two day conference in Hamilton this week there is a speaker from Analytica talking to the subject of “How much honey is missing the standard”. It might be worth the trip to listen, understand and ask questions. Pre registration is required. Information is in the event calendar on this site.
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  3. It's sounding like a weak target to me, how many boxes of bees or frames of bees does it have? Does it have a honey super on but is only a few frames of population? Your box should be packed with bees, if not take boxes off it until it is.
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  4. Yes there is Kaihoka, regular rain and heat things are going really well.... zero boxes left in the shed put it that way.
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  5. Which really annoys those of us who can do, and still choose to teach.
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  6. yes, I have as my mum knew a thing or two about herbs and natural health things (before it was cool, hehe) and she knew people so we got some time to time when coughing was around. I liked it, it's rather silky, very pleasant taste I recall, we had it by a spoonful, never tasted it on toast. It's not a strong tasting honey but very nice. I bet bees love phaecelia, it's full of nectar and produces it for long periods of time
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  7. you are right, this is the wrong thread No need to be apologetic And also you have your reasons and opinions just like the rest of us, its no big deal Im sorry that you are feeling so uncomfortable
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  8. OK. I’m going to move the hive, put in a couple of frames of eggs and larvae in and give it one final go. Will be interesting to see the results, and have nothing to lose. Thanks for your input folks.
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  9. I have one hive that has just never done well, and has again presented me with problems. I bought a 5 frame NUC in Nov '2016. It was my 3rd hive. For some reason this colony has just never done very well. It didn't build up at anywhere near the same rate as the other 2 over the summer of 16/17. It was treated for Varroa using Apivar from Feb 16 for 10 weeks and at that end of that time an alcohol wash showed no mites, but by the end of April the colony was so much smaller than my other 4 (having split the 2 prolific hives successfully) that I over-wintered it as a 5 frame nuc.
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  10. I don’t know the answer to your questions but had an observation that may help you. You’re about to have a period of 2 or 3 weeks or so where you shouldn’t open the hive (someone here may think longer a listen to them if so!). After having seen a capped queen cell I had a very brief peep about a week after she hatched and I saw a skinny, pale virgin. This is a bad time to look and all beginners seem to do it. I hang my head in shame. This queen is now big, black and laying. About a week before the first eggs appeared the bees started collecting pollen. It was a clear change in
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  11. In the last few days I started my little research on beekeeping in Hungary as it is a little bit different to the NZ way. Obviously bees are bees so no differences there... but maybe it's gonna be an interesting read. (if it isn't, please tell me) Hungary is in the middle of Europe (between Austria, The Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia and Romania, so many neighbours...) it's a landlocked country (imagine that! :) with plenty of lakes and rivers. The climate is continental with 4 distinctive seasons, cold winters and hot summers, the extremes are -25 to 40 degrees celsius. As the countr
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  12. On their site now it says $16 .75 for 500 gram . Not sure if that has changed . It is small seed and the plants can get large so it goes a long way
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  13. If you have the resources put a frame of brood & eggs in it. I would put it in bees and all. Put it in a smaller box or use followers boards to compact the hive. How are it's stores? Nectar/honey & pollen on board? Does it need a feeder? I would run the lot through a Q excluder first still. Just in case. Check very gently 10 days after putting in eggs/brood and possibly eliminate all but 1 or 2 Queen cells. If no cells put in another frame of eggs/brood and check in 10 days again. Once 10 day cells established don't touch it for 3 weeks minimum.
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  14. No Next spring if they've run out of stores. Are you urban or rural ? You have to observe what's in flower in your neighbourhood. In town there'd be nectar available most of the year I would think.
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  15. This gem is about 8 years old Emissary Quoted it in one of his fire and brimstone speeches It was in some very early advertising literature but it might be fair to say that even the most opportunist marketers would think twice these days before perpetuating that myth However all sorts of people make all sorts of claims and an industry cant be held responsible for the curious question of this one person
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  16. update... The weather was good today so I had a quick 5 minute look at the split. I'm pleased I did and below are a few photo's - apologies if a few could have been clearer. As a recap, I created the walkaway FD split 12 days ago, added a 3/4 box for extra space, provided feed to help them with resources to draw comb. I was concerned that the split was consuming a lot of sugar syrup - 6 kgs sugar at 1:1 in the first 6 days so when I added 2kgs more I added some red food colouring so I could see where it was going, when I finally opened the hive up. After posting here for advic
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  17. Just wondering, is there a lot of drone brood rather than worker brood? Do you have a drone layer in residence? Is there a lot of faecal spotting on the outside of the boxes? That aside (and the pink cat's radical solution), hopefully there is no larger underlying viral/disease prob. What about the location? Nice and sun soaked? Dry? You could have a try at building up the hive with brood from another hive and either let them re queen from introduced young larvae or put in a good mated Queen. A mated Queen would be my option after putting the hive through
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  18. When the bees are home tonight block the door, pour half a cup petrol in the top & close up. Re-wax the frames later. But I'd combine them with another hive.
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  19. Agreed, Even if it means putting it into a NUC box.
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  20. Couldn’t agree more. I have 3 hives across 2 sites. This varoa culprit is at home. My other two are on a mates life sentence block. Interestingly their varoa counts are much much lower. I’m treating them with OA.
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  21. Grass fed venny! You need to get a better supplier @yesbut.
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  22. sounds entirely their fault that the trailer got stuck
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  23. What for ..... we is loaded and ready to roll .... 500 horses harnessed and no Bee left behind . Bee escapes Kaihoka .... means you gotta come back another day. The thing i love about "Stella" is that we can load bees and crop all at once and bring them home to sort out at our pleasure. The Ally cradle bent a little in the big lift, but I guess you get that with nearly 400 kg per pallet. Thats not bad for hives we thought would never make a crop Thanks for the heads up about the Rata
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  24. I agree with a lot of the comments that the manuka standards will allow and lead to a lot of blending and I have had honey pass that I would not call manuka but I stick by what I have said that some honey that really is manuka is failing. Given the number of variables from the age of the honey to different manuka subspecies and probably lots of others I don't know why it's happening. On another manuka related topic when I was selling my comb honey at the farmers market on Sunday I was asked if it is true that high UMF manuka honey cured cancer. This little gem of information apparently came
    1 point
  25. Is that like the Advisors .... are the ones who come down from the hilltop after the battle is lost ?
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  26. I did mean it. Philbee is absolutely right on varroa. Is not on teachers, that was simple prejudice. Or maybe I was extremely lucky as varroa was not taken lightly on that particular course. By the way I am chilled like the whole Mr. Whippy truckfleet
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  27. Quite possibly the best politician is one who has had life experience ..... has experienced the hard yards and cruised the nice wave. Talk comes easy and unless you have had the experience a lot of times the talk is cheap. Which is why I worry (not) about a lot of these career politicians who have never experienced three years of failed honey crops, or the gut wrenching sense of doom when opening up dead after dead beehives in the spring , or smelled the stench of rotten carcasses after a wicked snow storm, or the flooding creek oozing in the back door at six in the morning, or the elat
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  28. Open feeding seems to be popular in America. I remember watching a link to FeedBee when it first came out, which showed open feeding. Whatever you do Black Bee, don't feed sugar syrup out in the open. As you are a beginner, you will be as keen as mustard to try anything. If you are going to feed your bees a pollen substitute and live near areas where there are other beekeepers' hives, try a little bit on a saucer to satisfy your interest. If you live in an extremely isolated area, try some in the PVC pipe for a few days. Personally, I make pollen patties which go inside the hive.
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  29. when i was doing mite testing i was seeing deformed wings around the 7/300 mark. there was one hive around the 30 odd range it was almost dead. anything above 10 you start rolling the dice if it will survive or not. you also have to factor in that at the end of a season where population is decrease as mites are increasing, things get bad fast. i think in marks book the level was high 20's (don't have to book here to check) before things went bad. however that was in the early days and it hasn't been like that for a very long time. the amount of mites the
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  30. Any open feeding of bees is not recommended in nz. There's too much risk of disease or mite spreading. Also you would end up feeding your neighbours bees and any feral colonies in the area.
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  31. We also used to put them out in hives to clean up but haven’t done fore quite a few years now. We have too many to put through a freezer but we do store them in insulated shipping containers wet. by the time we get to the last few the next season there’s a small amount of wax moth lavae in some boxes but not enough to be worried about.
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  32. I’ve tried putting them back on hives to clean up but it creates issues for me that I don’t need . Robbing . Piles of dead bees. Once home from the extractor , they get unloaded straight into the shed , sorted into good frames and bad frames that need stripping down and re waxing . Then they get sealed with a drip tray on the bottom and a hive mat on top, stacked 5 or 6 boxes high . From there, the frames go through the freezer to kill wax moth . Then restacked and sealed with pallet wrap until the are opened at the next honey flow
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  33. Здраво Oh, yes, the thermal spas, we even have a whole thermal lake! loved to swim there in the warm water during snowfall!
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  34. Spent the last day of January harvesting honey in the back of nowhere, 6 staff, 3 trucks, 1 for foundy and blowing gear 2 for honey, left the shed at 5am ( to beat the heat) finished the last site feeling rather deflated and craving one of those flash "energy" drinks I call JD n Coke.. I sent the team off ahead for a swim in a mean river hole while Pete and I took our time driving the big girl out with 9 packed out pallets on, and the crane...a solid load. I should've taken note of the pre 7am wasp sting to the neck as we drove into the valley as an omen... As the tail lights
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  35. just find a paper on phaecelia: on 1ha it can yield 800kg of honey during the 4-8 weeks of the flowering (if the weather allows) commercials run 4-6 colony/ha on phaecelia fields
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  36. It grows like a weed . Maybe we should plant paddocks of the stuff
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  37. Commercials using containers with multiple hives in them, some of them are mobile (towable) others are permanent. This is not unique to the country, it's well known all around eastern Europe, the Balkan, etc. And here are Boczonádi chest hives (or horizontal hives) in operation: If you are still interested, I am now getting info on the hungarian honey types, I'd be happy to share.
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  39. I bet you can demolish a can of jelly meat in mere seconds
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  40. I lump venison in the same category as rata honey. Yetch.
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  41. A favourite comment I've heard about the local polytech is that it keeps a lot of yobs off the streets. "And it's good for the students too"
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  42. Too deep for me on a monday night, while I am buried in paperwork in preparing Individualized Learning Programs. You sound like you are kicking back with a beverage and getting all philosophical. I had that comment made one interview night by parents complaining that their son was out of control and it was our fault for not teaching him discipline. I sort of deserved it by suggesting they could help by knowing where he was at 3am on any given night.
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  43. Found this today some how it feels good to find it still feels like a kick in the nuts. Now have to burn 6 boxes tonight .
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