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  1. 7 points
    We are coping with temps over 30C and at least next week also.. Really dry and hot.. Bees strong ( too strong), not rarely with 10 frames of brood.. Now I can see starting of making honey arches.. There will be quite an army to feed overwinter.. But I believe they know what are doing.. Some queens failed and I will merge mostly with others, since I am motivated to reduce the colony numbers.. The hazelnuts are now in focus for me..
  2. 4 points
    Not sure if it is defined as a "fine", or as a "penalty", or something else. What is happening now, is people who do not complete their COI are sent a series of reminders. But if all that fails and the person just won't do it, AP2's have been sent to inspect the hives, and the beekeeper sent a bill for that. Realise that the AFB PMP have no interest in causing people to have a financial penalty, and in fact make no money out of this. But there have been too many hives never being inspected at all, and an ongoing residual AFB problem in NZ. So the management agency have taken steps to attempt to ensure that every hive is inspected, one way or another.
  3. 4 points
    I already shuffled them for winter. QEs are out. Up is brood. But since we had unexpected flow of goldenrod and white clover bees press the brood down with stores. But this is temporary cause after it, hardly any food will be available. So at the end most of cluster will be in upper box with honey arches in mid frames and full with stores at the ends. 10-15kg of stores are enough in October to colony develop nicely in spring. When I see in upper boxes nice arches and side frames full, I don't have to worry. Bottom box usually is empty with stores going into winter.
  4. 3 points
    My two colonies are looking good, not too much brood, a bit of honey, plenty of bees, big fat gorgeous shiny Qs, nice & quiet.....I'm happy. Stuck a gapless layer of OA towels between boxes.
  5. 2 points
    If you are a registered beekeeper but do not have a DECA, you will have recieved in the mail a yellow form to fill in, called a Certificate Of Inspection (COI). Every year some beekeepers do not fill it in, which will now bring a financial penalty so I am posting here as a reminder, plus some explanation. The reason for it is this. - AFB is a serious disease that requires an affected hive be burned if your bees get it. Hives should be regularly inspected to ensure they do not have it, because if they do have it and it kills them, other bees come and steal the honey from the dead hive, which spreads the infection. If we go back in time, this happened a lot, because some beekeepers did not know how to recognise the disease, so they just watched as their hives died, and the disease was spread to other beekeepers. So a scheme was introduced to train people to recognise and deal with AFB, and once someone has attended this course and passed a written exam, they can become a DECA holder (Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement) Because in the past some hives were never checked by someone who knew how to recognise AFB, now by law, every hive in NZ must be checked at least once each year by somebody trained, ie, a DECA holder. So for people who have not yet become a DECA holder, you have to get someone who is a DECA holder, to check your hive. That is what the yellow form is for. It is signed by the DECA holder and is written proof that you have had your bees checked by a DECA holder, and this form once completed must be sent in the return envelope by the end of November. I should add, that the COI is different from the ADR (Annual Disease Return), which can be completed online and must be filled in by every beekeeper, both DECA holders and non DECA holders. The ADR is a very easy form to fill in, to say if any of your hives had AFB or not, and also if you bought or sold any hives and who to. This has to be done in June. So simply- Non DECA holders must get a DECA holder to check their hives for AFB, and fill in, sign, and return the yellow COI form by end of November. DECA holders do not have to fill in a COI form for their own bees. All beekeepers must complete their ADR, which can be done online, in June. So for non DECA holders there are two things to do each year, for DECA holders there is one thing to do each year.
  6. 2 points
    I’ve been washing flat out.. lots of 0-4 mites the odd 5-8 had a nice full box of bees this arvo washed a zero, while another threw 24! There is definitely a pattern for me... we ran 1xfd 1x 3/4 broods overwinter, the cleanest bees wintered as single fd with staples, the higher loads came from colonies that moved up into the top box which was all stores in autumn and have brooded above the treatment. Overall the colonies are smaller than this time last year and also much cleaner of mites.. it has been much colder here in the 2nd half of winter than last winter.. i believe oxalic affects the mites In many ways such as affecting their feet and also thinning their shell and am not concerned at all about resistance anytime this century.. as the pink cat says.. there’s plenty of more pressing things to worry about.. I also believe beekeepers treating only twice a season should become a thing of the past..
  7. 1 point
    I’ve just finished reading the first issue of Apiarists Advocate a new NZ beekeeping E magazine aimed at commercial beekeepers. First issue covers Sean Goodwin’s talk on the the Manuka honey market that he gave at conference, Bruce Clow and his ideas for a honey co-op, Allen McCaw and Peter Smyth two South Island beekeepers who supplied the old co-op talk about how it worked for them. Plus a small article on the impact of any tax that might be imposed on beekeepers and others who don’t drive/own low emission vehicles Really enjoyed it and hope it’s a successful publication . https://www.apiaristsadvocate.com/
  8. 1 point
    Kinda done with the rain 😣. Worked a site yesterday just slopping around in mud, really draining lifting boxes around and trying to keep your balance, plus working against suction to lift your foot, really miserable. Ended up with a sore back.
  9. 1 point
    From the bulk of what I've read the supposition is that resistance to oxalic is less likely to become an issue than with the synthetics. Something to do with the modus operandi and the fact that it's part of most creatures diets/metabolism. If resistance becomes an issue, I'll be one of the ones you can blame Dennis. With all the other pressing worldly issues I'm afraid resistance to OA in varroa is well down my list of worries.
  10. 1 point
    if you seeing varroa related issues i think you are getting your treatment in to late, but putting treatment in without knowing if you need to or not is also problematic. As time goes on it is taking less and less varroa to cause problems, so being smarter with treatment is needed.
  11. 1 point
    Somebody is obviously optimistic about the industry .....or knows nothing about the fact that hives are no longer a tradeable commodity.
  12. 1 point
    Boy I hope someone gets those mongrels
  13. 1 point
    I didn't know. Interesting. This one is non venomous - The Aesculapian snake. Even it tried to bite me or fainted bite toward me, for which I can't blame. Cause seconds before I ran with car over it ( luckily not harmed). I went to see is it OK, it was scared and reacted so. It looked as old branch on the road, in a moment I pass above it I realized it was a snake..
  14. 1 point
    It does look hot . Did you know we have no snakes in NZ ?
  15. 1 point
    We are still getting a lot of wasps in some of our hives, every hive now has a reducer on, never stopped seeing wasps this year.
  16. 1 point
    Yes. It’s like winter has finally turned up and dumped a whole winter worth of rain in 3 weeks. The ground is so wet our Ute got stuck on the lawn, and we live in top of a hill.
  17. 1 point
    The colour blue tends to attract bees so avoiding that may help a little bit.. I once had bees on the farm and for a while the bees were attacking one of the children for no apparent reason. I eventually tracked it down to the parents using apple shampoo which bees hate and cause any bee that gets close enough to smell it to attack. There may be other shampoos, deodorants soaps et cetera that have the same effect. I learned about apple shampoo the hard way and now and never use any scented product.
  18. 1 point
    You can't beat the notebook and pen
  19. -1 points
    Heads up for the Whakatane district beeks . So today we discovered 20 hives plus pallets stolen off one of our sites. We were just finishing our possum block (grocery money for these hard times) and no 2 man called up to say um I think you had better come and have a look. He has very good records so as soon as they drove into the site they new something was amiss. I don't often swear but today I had to - it feels like some of my babies have been lost. 😓
  20. -4 points
    Well today it got worse. Another 32 hives stolen overnight !!!!! Our sites are in the local Forest behind locked gates but unfortunately this week contractors have been working in there and have been leaving the gates open. The police and Forest Security have been advised but we are putting more cameras out incase they come back. They had blocked up the entrance with a rubber matting material so we have kept that as evidence. Our Registration number is D0871. It's really disheartening as they were bursting with bees getting ready for splitting and pollination .
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