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  1. I shouldn't be so negative but I'm just over all the ra ra stories about how wonderful beekeeping is and what a wonderful job they are doing saving the planet. You never see any stories about all the existing beekeepers that have been displaced or the minuscule crops being caused by gross overstocking.
    7 points
  2. Thanks for the condolences , and good advice about going to the Police, i wasn't going to as i thought it would be a waste of time, but as stated it will add to the stats, so may have some kind of value I will do it. And thanks to beekeeper Adrian Pike, who was observant enough to recognise some of my nucs that he ran past, and send a pic. Unfortunately not the stolen ones, but it does show there are eyes and ears of observant people out there, so it's probably worth it to put the word out in these situations just in case.
    7 points
  3. This site is a permanent multifloral site and doesn't normally make manuka but this year it has. Some spectacularly thixotropic honey on the excluders I couldn't resist taking a picture
    6 points
  4. Banana skins also attract wax moth. So that is another benefit of trapping.
    5 points
  5. @Janice, I know you are real dark on any traps with sugar in, but now, like me you have sadly lost a hive to wasps, perhaps you will be prepared to use the recipe we have been using for at least 10 years. One cup sugar dissolved in one cup water, half cup any type vinegar, and most importantly one chopped up banana skin. Put in capped 1.5 to 2 litre bottles with a hole about 8 cms from top, approx 2 cms in diameter - double mix does about three bottles, put outside and it will take a couple of days for the smell of the skins to really get going and start collecting wasps. Last June/July I
    5 points
  6. Perhaps the non Manuka industry needs to have their say. This industry isn't predominantly about Manuka, mega beekeepers, shiny new trucks or helicopters placing hives. I am pleased that Maori owned land is finding it own beekeepers, it's happening around our coast too and more power to them.
    5 points
  7. I read economist article a few years ago regarding counterfeit goods. They were saying that it is a major source of funds for organised crime groups for eastern Europe and Russian mafia. Larger than drugs and weapon sales combine. One of the products they were doing was fake Manuka honey. They were taking dark honey of any origin and labelling it Manuka and selling it. The standard was also brought in to stop this. Thinking that this is a nz based problem is missing a larger part of the picture. Probably more fake Manuka honey produced overseas than from nz. It goes well beyond blending
    4 points
  8. The hives had high visual numbers of mites and were obviously on the brink of collapsing when treatments went in. I have treated many hives like this over the years and they normally make a full recovery. Also it is usually hard to visually find a mite after one week of treatment. After five weeks most of the hives were collapsing or collapsed and mites were highly visible on bees and within the brood. Dwv was present but not particularly prevalent when the treatments went in and far more obvious after five weeks. Even hives that still had reasonable bee numbers were crawling with mites.
    4 points
  9. MPI's best and brightest have come up with a definitive test for monofloral manuka at great cost to beekeepers and that's the final word as far as I'm concerned. I don't currently have the gear to homogenise batches of honey (although I'm looking at the economics of it) so it's just an academic quest for me currently, but let's say I did... ... If I produce a uniform blended product that meets that MPI definition (using only pure honey) and claw back some of the losses we incurred thanks to MPI's incompetence then I don't see the ethical issue there.
    3 points
  10. Blending honey in the shed to me is better than selling to buyers (at lower costs) for them to blend it and make bigger margins. We do no blending but can see drums that only just miss the mark going out the door with honeys that fly through and sure as eggs they will all end up as a good legal batch somewhere no doubt about it. Why shouldn't the beekeepers running honest operations recover that themselves instead of the middle men?
    2 points
  11. TBH I dont think its unethical to blend non manuka with manuka to get a product that fits with the standard. I think its unethical to promote a product as being better than other honey when eaten. Blending honey in the shed is pretty much doing what the bees do in the field.
    2 points
  12. It is about blending of different levels of manuka honey to come out with a set level at the end to pack. It was giving a maths equation based on how to blend the different known chemical markers, activity levels. From Analytica Labs
    2 points
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  14. Our AFB Detector Dog Teams in the waikato.
    1 point
  15. @kaihoka, medicinal cannabis & hemp. Yep, it's looking bright up on our coast if the politicians can see the future potential. Daley & I would have pushed for medicinal cannabis for my Dad, would have been heaps better for him than the supermarket shopping bag of drugs he used to take, some of that was downright bad. She'd have talked him into taking it too!
    1 point
  16. I loved that program .... all day long we been loading honey boxes singing "This is the Gold brother ".
    1 point
  17. We made guards very like the Kiwimana one in January - but $4 for kitset, (not $35 assembled + postage) and help with assembly. The trick is to put them on at night when all the girls are at home, and they naturally find the exit in the morning as they leave the hive.
    1 point
  18. All I can say is beware of the Fumes they wont do you any good
    1 point
  19. My juice trap Easy to take apart
    1 point
  20. Perseverating - repeating insistently even if the stimulus is gone. Like a toddler who keeps on and on crying but can't really remember what started it.
    1 point
  21. Hi John, You say after 5 weeks, the hives were still riddled. Did you test for mite load at this time? See lots of mites? Were the hives riddled with DWV? DWV can hang around for some time after mites have gone/reduced. It's what kills the hive. Some hives seem to suffer from DWV more readily. If I see DWV and i have my wash kit with me, I test it. I most cases the mite load can be low and DWV can be observed.
    1 point
  22. The wash is also much quicker, can do multiple tests at once, and works well in high humidity (and wind). No one asks "do the shaken bees survive after testing?" We assume that the bees are okay.
    1 point
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  24. Yes agree tommydave we all should be reporting hive thefts so the police have a better picture of what’s happening out there
    1 point
  25. @Dennis Crowley Can you share the guts of what it says and who wrote it
    1 point
  26. report it now. If your car was stolen, would you wait until you found out who did it before reporting it to police? not reporting hive thefts is foolish.
    1 point
  27. I have the smart bases on both my hives, have closed the outer 2 discs right up and put the centres on restricted access. The hives are stil quite active and bringing in a fair bit of pollen but although they sometimes queue they don't seem to have much of a problem getting in and out. So far no robbing issues (fingers crossed) even when wets went back on.
    1 point
  28. The answer is your second word in your post.
    1 point
  29. people will sell crap any time of year.
    1 point
  30. I think a tree would not buy a frame made of the dead body of one of its friend...
    1 point
  31. I don't know why colour matters, but remember Russell Berry speaking at a Bee event saying Arataki buy at different rates, according to colour.
    1 point
  32. It takes a new nuc a week or so to sort itself out defence wise, but are you feeding them syrup as that will bring the robbers in? If so consider using raw sugar - I just had a pallet of raw sugar arrive for this purpose.
    1 point
  33. I combined my nucs 4 weeks ago and now they are strong enough to fill a box and plenty of brood(and January queens). Last weekend I reduced the entrances(1-2 fingers wide). I started feeding too. And Bayvarol strips are in for 4 weeks too(4 more weeks to go). Coming weekend I plan to deal with the empty frames(wax moth !!!). Here north - AKL - it was obvious that we are 4-5 weeks ahead and there will be no time for the nucs to grow and get strength till winter. Meanwhile I have to feed more for sure.
    1 point
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  35. I have four hives headed by queens from resistant stock. They were stocked with bees that had been treated in the spring but have had nothing since as I wanted to see if they had any potential. This morning I gave them all and alcohol wash and the results were between 32 and 73 which I assume is pretty darn high. There was no visible sign of PMS or deformed wings. These hives are at home so I got a new packet of bayvarol and they all got four strips in the brood box. I will check them again in about a month and let you all know the results. I was hoping not to have to treat some of them but th
    1 point
  36. No .. we are taking the white honey off and movin bees to the dew for the real nectar. I gave a pot of Dew to a mate up north ages ago who must have passed it on to a lady in remission from cancer. She rang today asking for more as she mixed in a hot drink before bed and had never slept so well for quite a while. So there you have it. honey is medicine, not food !
    1 point
  37. Move got the same problem. Wasps won’t take the vespex. I put some right on top of the hive they were attacking and they weren’t interested. closed the hive up, still no takers. Got stung on the face for my troubles for smacking wasps. Shouldn’t have done that in shorts and t shirt...
    0 points
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  39. I’m looking for an extractor and pricker Dan!!
    0 points
  40. Had two reports of poisoned bees hives, Rotorua and Raetihi two different beekeepers and areas 230 miles apart, keep an eye open out there. At this stage only small amounts of hives but still a ######.
    -2 points
  41. Discovered some Hive Dr nucs stolen from a site near Albany today. Not sure exactly how many were there but estimate 20 to 25 taken. Unfortunately there is very little to identify these nucs, other than they have plastic frames, italian bees, and my writing on the lids as per the photo, the dates may be different. Going by ground imprints, looks like the theft happened several weeks ago. The thief also took the time to look through some of the other nucs and left lids opened and some frames laying around, so obviously someone who could care less about the damage he infl
    -2 points
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