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  1. Will do......As I have been advised to get some different varroa treatment because Thymol needs warmer temps,I rang Ecrotec today to see if they were open weekends? Nope! BUT Yay oh yay. A lady that works there lives near me. Not only is she giving me 4 strips of treatment, she also works her hives on a Saturday and is happy to teach me. She is also doing Queen rearing this year. Very excited to have some help close by.
    7 points
  2. Was it on a rata or a lophomyrtus? I think NZ govt should spend some many millions on big factories to process and recycle waste. It should be a national service , like roads and hospitals .
    4 points
  3. Climate change is not a real big issue for me. It is what it is and we'll have to learn to live and adapt, or not What is a big issue is the amount of waste we as a household produce and no one seems to have a workable plan on how to reduce every thing ...... the rubbish bin of empty plastic and glass jars by the kitchen window. The bags of plastic baleage wrap, netting and string , the drums of waste oil, all those little bit's of plastic that one sees scattered along the roads, the dark haze over cities on a warm day .....the endless trips in cars and trucks to geta bottle of milk or
    4 points
  4. The climate has always been changing, just ask the Woolly mammoth. Most species can adjust to a warming or cooling planet but some will not, it has always been that way. Perhaps the biggest dangers to earth are whizzing by us frequently, but one big one will not, and then we will see if all the money we are being parted with now, is going to a worthy cause. Some of us are old enough to remember the Y2K bug, my VCR worked on 1/1/2000 along with everybody else's, where there are fools there are also a few wealthy people.
    4 points
  5. Yes. What happens with all the taxes the governments put on emissions. How does that stop the pollution from China. Rip off.
    3 points
  6. How many boxes do you have to start with when you are beginning to winter down ?how many are brood how many are honey? We don’t take down any boxes specifically for wintering, we run single brood in honey an excluder then honey boxes. The honey is harvested in February then either an empty honey box put on for them to fill for their winter stores or we leave a box of partially done honey for them to finish and use as stores. Any double brood hives don’t get a honey box put back on after harvest because they generally put all the Autumn stores in the top brood box and push the q
    2 points
  7. Thanks. Time to clear my mess one way or another.
    2 points
  8. I left a ton of honey on last Autumn because I know how much mess it can make over Winter in my garage! My question is.. How do beeks manage the excess frames of uncapped honey when taking hives down to two or three boxes over Winter? Over the years I seem to be collecting a lot of old hard honey, and some mouldy frames etc.etc I would like to learn a better end of Season clean up process.
    1 point
  9. After seeing photos of the towns where NZ plastic used to end up I’ve taken to putting it in with our general rubbish. I would rather see it buried in our local landfill than adding to the awful filth and pollution of some far flung place.
    1 point
  10. Which frame is the queen cell on? If it’s on the frame with drone brood it will most likely be a drone in there and they come to nothing . If it’s on a frame you added it will be good. You can always give them a fresh frame of eggs from your other hive, and put back one of the frames of brood you introduced . I have supercedure cells in a couple of hives so the bees must think it’s breeding season very soon Nice work with the queen
    1 point
  11. Honey is a lot easier to store in store in buckets. You can still feed the extracted honey back to the bees if you have a surplus.
    1 point
  12. So this year I plan to get my own extractor so I can spin more towards end of season and try to monitor what the bees need. But with regards to the mess I have? I can add a ton of mouse eaten frames to my list...
    1 point
  13. @M4tt But what is happening to all the material collected. Palmerston North has a mountain of plastics that no one wants to recycle. I would like a cleaner, greener, waste free world. But I am not into global warming. Climate change is the new words for Global warming, because all the alarmists have come to realise that all the predictions that they made was garbage. The Climate has always changed and it always will. Consensus of opinion is not good science, otherwise Christopher Columbus would have died when he said off the edge of the flat earth. What happened with
    1 point
  14. As long as human status is inextricably linked to wealth land fills will continue to fill and consumers will unreasonably consume. It is the unfortunate side affect of increasing secularism in a lot of societies. Once being a good god fearing person gave one enough prestige . I am an atheist and I try to live a materially simple life . The media calls people like us loosers.
    1 point
  15. So @Russ, what is going on do you think? Is it all just natural planetary change, cycle, pattern or what? I sit fairly in the middle opinion wise but consider mankind the great planet destroyers in all.
    1 point
  16. Hang in there ...keep posting...get a local Beek to take a look-see.....are you open to using something other than thymol at this time....
    1 point
  17. To agree that the climate was changing due to human activity what evidence would you want to see to see?
    1 point
  18. Any mention of Nosema @jamesc? Don't know if MPI would have covered them or not? Not considered exotic?
    1 point
  19. Plenty of snow in the years following Mt Pinatubo erupting, it was great if you were into winter sports or liked watching Glaciers moving forward instead of retreating. As for this Sudden Stratospheric Warming, I'm surprised I haven't seen or heard the Greenies blaming climate change on it's occurrence.
    1 point
  20. Yesterday was a damn near perfect day and today was pretty nice apart from being a bit breezy at times. Two good days a week is all bees need this time of year and sometimes were lucky to get those two days. Freezing storms certainly don't make the farmers happy but they tend to mix the weather up and you get the good with the bad which can be better than three weeks of drizzle.
    1 point
  21. great looking site/apiary. Anyway... bees survived through until the end of winter - check spotted an issue and asked for advice - check varroa treatment in - check (although i'm not so sure thymol strips are the bet idea) that list is a big step ahead of many beekeepers i'd consider useless good luck! and keep asking questions/taking pics. for now, reduce the entrance massively - 1cm x 1cm is plenty. also, you mentioned sugar dropping out - not sure what you mean by that, but it sounds problematic - a description of your feeding approach
    1 point
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  23. my son has just brought himself a metal detector. its for gold but i am going to get him to run round the property to find all our lost stuff. unfortunately anything thats been outside for a while here becomes an iron ore deposit pretty fast.
    1 point
  24. The general public does not know the difference between MGO and UMF. All they see is a big number , like sun screen protection rating .
    1 point
  25. OK ... Back to dog meat. We got our dog meat cheque today. It was'nt a bad payday for a nights shoot out. The comment was made though that a little bit more care and less trigger happy operators would have resulted in a bigger cheque. It's all a learning curve for these young fellahs . One shot one kill is the mantra.
    1 point
  26. sorry to have assumed that because Gorans list of ingredients included citric acid , that you might have been interested. And that lemon juice, being citric was relevant. I will just crawl back under my rock.
    0 points
  27. My citric has arrived. Because the stuff is considerably less potent than oxalic I know that in order for a towel brew to work there'll have to be heaps of active ingredient in the glycerine. First thing I've discovered is that citric is less soluble in G than is oxalic. It took 120 gm of G to nearly dissolve 100gm of C at approaching 100deg. So clearly CG brew won't work. I now plan on dusting a significant amount of C directly into the top of the boxes.
    0 points
  28. It might top up your super Trev
    0 points
  29. Its jamesc fault, let it be said, working alone, have poems in my head. Got to come out and tell its tale, Or ill sit here about to wail. For mites i tried speights and draught, But the day ended up being a laugh. One for the mites and two for me, By the end of the day could hardly see. Its tough doing a southern mans job, when you dont have southern mans dog. But I'm a northern man you see, Me and my mites its meths to please. The color is happy, strong and bright, For us its such a gay delight. But the taste is such a drea
    0 points
  30. I’d expect the South American forest fires to have more of an impact on upcoming weather patterns anyway https://www.businessinsider.com.au/map-south-america-on-fire-amazon-2019-8?r=US&IR=T
    -1 points
  31. I had two apiarys killed completely a few years back and the only possible answer was organo- silicate surfactants used on the neighbouring forestry block when spraying gorse. Despite this product being absolutely deadly to bees it does not have to be labelled as such because it's not an insecticide. I cannot believe that it is not labelled as toxic to bees and should not be sprayed onto flowers.
    -1 points
  32. ALL i know is Myrtle Rust has been found on the coast and with all this humidity will not take long to spread.So the rata only has a few years left.
    -1 points
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