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  1. 3 points
    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.
  2. 2 points
    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.
  3. 2 points
    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.
  4. 2 points
    Yes there is Kaihoka, regular rain and heat things are going really well.... zero boxes left in the shed put it that way.
  5. 2 points
    Which really annoys those of us who can do, and still choose to teach.
  6. 2 points
    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
  7. 1 point
    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
  8. 1 point
    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.
  9. 1 point
    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. Spring '17 and I was quite pleased with myself that I had managed to bring that nuc through winter. It was fed, Bayvarol put in and it increased in size although at a slower rate than the others and all appeared to be well until Nov when I found it was queenless. Plenty of bees, but also several opened supercedure cells, and no queen to be seen. I decided to leave it for another 2 weeks in case I had simply missed a new queen or that she was not yet mated, but again when I went back no queen I could see and no eggs, larvae or brood. I requeened with a spring mated queen in Dec 17. Obviously with such a late start and a long brood break numbers didn't ever get particularly high, but on inspection today the hive is once again queenless. I last went through the brood box 3 weeks ago and was happy that there was capped brood, but didn't check for eggs or larvae. As always I did look for sunken or broken brood cappings, and did the rope test on 5 or 6 brood cells - all appeared to be OK in that respect. There are currently enough bees to defend the hive from robbing and wasps, but obviously that won't be the case for too much longer and so I need a course of action. My question really is 2 fold: a. Is there some more deep seated problem that I am not picking up on with this hive ? What could it be and how to I determine what it is? b. what is the best plan from here ? If there is a greater problem I don't really want to unite with another of my other colonies, but obviously need to ensure that the hive doesn't get robbed out as it's population dwindles. If I don't unite with another colony, or requeen how do you deal with a dwindling colony responsibly?
  10. 1 point
    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 their behaviour compared to when they were waiting for the queen to hatch. Keep an eye on the entrance and you may get an idea what’s going on inside without risking losing the new queen.
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    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 country is sitting in the carpathian basin, it's well protected from disasters, the main issue is spring flooding of the River Danube and draught during summers. The middle of the country is the Great Plain, there are no mountain higher that 1000m. Great agricultural potential, main crops are raps, wheat, sunflower, rye, corn. Honey is exported from Hungary in great amount, the acacia from the country is highly sought after around Europe. Beekeeping is a long tradition in the country, goes back to hundreds of years and like in other countries it was not a profession but a house chore, people kept skips to get honey as honey was the only sweetener until the middle of the eighteenth century when refined sugar started to spread around Europe. Skips were seated in separate buildings (roofs on sticks) on shelves. The yield was mostly random, until the middle of the nineteenth century when a hive started to spread. It was designed by a polish guy (Dzierzon) and it was basically a topbar hive in a wooden box. It has gained popularity due to the obvious advantage - you could have honey and the bees survived the process. In 1844 a hungarian fella called Sándor Szarka published his book "Tasteful Bee Husbandry - new beekeeping methods" contained revolutionary new ideas about beekeeping. He basically described the Langstroth hive with the removable frames few years before Langstroth patented his invention. Despite his efforts (and there was a revolution in the country in 1848) his invention got ignored and the Hungarian Beekeepers Association accepted the german type hive with three rows of frames as national standard. It was like a cupboard with windows and doors. The frame size was 240by185mm, held roughly 1kg of honey. The hive was manipulated from tha back through a set of doors and the bee space was applied in the design. There was another guy, Imre Boczonádi, who started to tinker with the standard hive, he thought the small frames can not hold enough storage for the winter and the bees are very vulnerable when there's no food. He boult his own version and showed to the public in 1913. His hive was a huge chest with a hinged lid, the frames were hanging in one row. The frame size was four times the standard, 420x360mm and the hive has got 15,16,18 or 24 frames. This was a monster hive but there were no migratory pollinators that time, and the size did not matter in the apiaries. As the honey yield tripled with this hive it quickly became popular and new standard, even today this frame size is the norm, like the full depth here. It is called NB (Nagy(big) Boczonádi) and the smaller one is the 1/2B (half Boczonádi). The 24 frame version can house 2 colonies, the brood is in the middle and honey chambers are on the sides, QE or separator walls are vertical, above the frames there's a mesh inner cover. Entrances are on the back of the box, the beek can work without obstructing the entrance. After the second world war, the stackable hives started to spread around in Hungary, the surviving model is called 'Hunor' and it is basically the hive what we are using but with a different frame size, but floor, inner cover, QE is basically the same, although every "drawer" - as they call it - can have an entrance and they seem a bit more sofisticated and robust then our langstroths.
  12. 1 point
    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
  13. 1 point
    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. Alternatively give it away to someone who thinks they can save it.
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    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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    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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    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 advice, I made the decision to take a look, thanks again, as without it I wouldn't have. Please let me know if adding food colouring is a no no. What I've found is that the bees have been hoarding the feed. In the 3/4 box there are 3 almost full frames - with pink syrup (from the food colouring) in there as a tell tale. In the FD split box there is an extra 4 frames of syrup stored (again a lot of pink), including in any spare space in the brood frames. While this did concern me as I want the queen to have space to lay in a few weeks time, there is still brood to hatch, and I'm sure the bees know better then me and will sort it all out. So the top feeder is back in the shed and I won't be feeding and splits from here on in, trusting that the frames of nectar will be sufficient. The bees seemed quite calm and plentiful, and with the hoarding, I'm not concerned about robbing. The most exciting moment though was finding a capped Queen cell, which being 12 days after the split should be emerging soon. I'm still seeing a lot of drones around so hopefully the mating flights go well. I'll leave the split closed now through to the end of the 5 weeks. I have a further question... With the Queen cell being built from an egg, what happens to the eggs in the cells next to the "queen egg". Do they remove them?, do they not feed them? I ask because in my case (see photo further down), there doesnt seem to be any other brood anywhere near ( and they would have longer gestation periods) PHOTO's I took a few photos, apologies that the queen cell photo isn't that clear. SUGAR SYRUP BEING STORED IN EXTRA 3/4 BOX - Note the pink colouring from the food colouring FEELS LIKE A GOOD QUANTITY OF BEES - This is the FD MILESTONE - First ever Queen Cell BROOD FRAME - with syrup being stored (and capped) in emerged brood cells. THE FEEDER IS BACK IN THE SHED, 3/4/ remains on as there are stores there, I might put a top board in between FFD and 3/4/ going into winter to help with insulation NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ROBBING - One of three entrances remains open (centre). Seems like there are enough bees to defend.
  17. 1 point
    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 a Queen excluder to make sure there is no existing Q.
  18. 1 point
    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.
  19. 1 point
    Agreed, Even if it means putting it into a NUC box.
  20. 1 point
    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.
  21. 1 point
    Grass fed venny! You need to get a better supplier @yesbut.
  22. 1 point
    sounds entirely their fault that the trailer got stuck
  23. 1 point
    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
  24. 1 point
    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 from someone selling high UMF honey. A new low.
  25. 1 point
    Is that like the Advisors .... are the ones who come down from the hilltop after the battle is lost ?
  26. 1 point
    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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    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 elation of four boxes of honey and the sweet smell of nectar at eight in the evening .....
  28. 1 point
    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.
  29. 1 point
    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 hive can tolerate has been getting lower and lower over the years. thats not uncommon. hives can have no symptoms right up to the point they crash and die.
  30. 1 point
    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.
  31. 1 point
    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.
  32. 1 point
    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
  33. 1 point
    Здраво Oh, yes, the thermal spas, we even have a whole thermal lake! loved to swim there in the warm water during snowfall!
  34. 1 point
    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 of our crew faded into the twilight and thick dust ahead I clicked her into top gear along a nice straight, yarning yarns and smashing darts with Pete, aircon on full tit... Should we stop for a swim to wash a solid days work off ourselves or just chug on out of this hot baked landscape...? The bees were beautiful to work, a good harvest and plenty of brood coming through to see them well into there next crop of godly nectar. Feeling good... til, BOOM! That solid shotgun type boom that makes ya gut sink and ya foot hit the brakes, damn it. We had just been talking about food and man were we starvin. The damage was a fist size hole in the outside dual.. ok we can sort that... crack open the side box shuffling through smoker sack and not seeing the Bharco tool box had me slightly concerned but once I spotted the empty chain hanging under the deck minus the tyre things got real. 1.5 hrs away from cell reception, no tucker left, a couple of trucks gone ahead and no way to contact em.. and already 15 hrs of the workday gone as history. No tools, no spare... and it's my fine lady's Birthday.. 30mins pass and out of the dust comes our chance, Hilux, dog crate, worn out oilskin hat just like mine and a big smile " you fellas need a phone call?" as a cooling bottle of speights gets shoved out the still moving wagon.. A good honey industry yarn later and the SOS call was made, followed by a call to work for a rescue operation. watching satellites pass high above in the silence we waited and waited.. and waited. Cattle called out in the distance... . finally Laura's ute pulls in her big smile a happy sight to see, as was the Nachos she had kindly whipped up for us which somehow were still hot. You beauty! "I called your partners for you, and grabbed a spare wheel " she said as we demolished the nachos. What a girl, its good to know someone's got ya back when your out there doing it. After a drive to a farm workshop for a tool raid and a fair bit of sweat the flat tyre was replaced and I kicked her into gear to hit the seriously currogated windy goat track out. Wouldn't it be great if there was an understanding of the amount of blood dust and tears that goes into the commercial bee industry to get out a haul of honey that may or may not be worth the drum it's pumped into. I wouldn't change these adventures for anything ... except a wee bit more time with my family, but then that's beekeeping isn't it? They never stop.
  35. 1 point
    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
  36. 1 point
    It grows like a weed . Maybe we should plant paddocks of the stuff
  37. 1 point
    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. 0 points
    I bet you can demolish a can of jelly meat in mere seconds
  40. 0 points
    I lump venison in the same category as rata honey. Yetch.
  41. 0 points
    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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    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.
  43. -1 points
    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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