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  1. Well you can say happy birthday to him again Freeslave, your bees are recovering nicely. I want to keep them for another couple of weeks, then they are yours.
    7 points
  2. Thanks @Gino de Graaf for raising the question about intentional losses and to @Maggie James for pointing out the text box at the end. I read those comments thoroughly every year so make future improvements in the questionnaire. For example, the fact that we ask about queen replacement strategies at all is due to a comment on a past survey. It's very early days still, but I had a look at the preliminary results for this year a few days ago. At this early stage, it looks like winter loss rates were higher (sometimes much higher) than last year in Auckland, Coromandel, Hawke’s Bay,
    2 points
  3. Transport the bar of cells in a nuc you want use and leave the last cell for them
    2 points
  4. BTW, had a chat with Freeslave, he is keen as, has joined the Kumeu Bee Club, and seems to me like his and his sons learning curve will be quick, he will be a great member here on our forum.
    1 point
  5. LOL, that's about exactly it Yesbut. The maestro LOL, Donna, you're my best friend I'm making and selling packages atm so I just tipped part of a package into it a couple days ago, and it was as simple as that. In Freeslaves photo the bees did look about had it, but he did tip a cup or two of sugar straight into the comb which was exactly the right thing to do, it revived those bees and kept them alive until the hive came here. The queen is a little beauty, even despite the sorry circumstances she had kept on laying eggs bravely, and the poor
    1 point
  6. @Maggie James You were interested in Barberry flowers? Took these photos here this afternoon. This is the barberry we have locally (Darwin's barberry). It is coming into flower at the moment. It looks different to the photo @dansar posted in the September diary. This is another quite weedy plant, especially down in the Catlins where some hillsides are covered with it in the same way gorse covers things elsewhere in the country.
    1 point
  7. Thanks to the generosity and skills of the Maestro.
    1 point
  8. If you put a ripe cell in at the same time as you make the nuke up they are less likely to start raising queens of their own and I believe less likely to swarm. Every area and every hive is different so you can only generalise when it comes to swarming.
    1 point
  9. I was once to a little bit of re-queening at home and had a couple of cells left over which I forgot about and left on a hive lid. The next morning they were hatching out quite happily. I think it pays to be as careful as you can be with temperature but there is no doubt you will damage ripe cells a lot quicker with heat then you will with a little bit of cold.
    1 point
  10. My queens are looking good too, put down my third graft of the season today, first lots due out on saturday. I just use the emergency response, split the hive, take the queen and put my grafting frame next to cell cups ready to graft
    1 point
  11. Cant wait til you venture back up these ways Maggie,to share your know how,il definitely be attending!
    1 point
  12. Back to the RMP audit ..... This morning I read the fine print for the 'Limited Scope Audit' .... which seems to be a to be a rehash of the full audit, checking that honey processing documentation meets the standard for export approval, transport approval and drum approval. Mouse traps and honey facilities will not be checked. Time allowed is three hours. If for some reason we cancel the appointment seven days prior to the appointment the full fee is still payable. The fee is $1284 plus GST . To my simple mind, this double checking will be on recor
    1 point
  13. It has nothing to do with the quality and standard of the facility. 90% of the RMP is about the paperwork and traceability of the crop ..... which was looked at and verified 6 months ago. Absolutely nothing has changed ..... and I have a good mind to tell 'erm to get Rtd. The catch is the comeback in that an export licence won't be granted, which is no big deal because at the moment no export deals are in the offing. Parasites lining the pockets to cover the expenses of the gilded cages they live in .
    1 point
  14. What I can't understand, if a second audit is absolutely necessary, why it can't be done with the beekeeper sending a video to the auditor, and being billed a very minimal rate. The auditor already knows the layout of the outfit
    1 point
  15. Today I received an email notifying me that my RMP is up for it's six monthly revue ..... again. Now .... this cranked up the old record again .... raised my BP and resulted in me seeking counsel with my Doctor. The Doctor prescribed a liquid remedy and assured me that in the end all would be alright ..... but I am not so sure. So, I' say it again ..... '' Why, when we extract honey once a year for six or seven weeks do we need a twice yearly audit of the facilities ?' Why, when we make one honey sale a year, do we need a twice yearly audi
    1 point
  16. It can be done, one is all I started with. However it is often advised to start with two, so that if some disaster happens to one of them, it can be re-colonized from the other one. For a skilled beekeeper it is usually more cost effective to build one yourself, however for a brand new beekeeper there is some knowledge required to start from scratch and it may be better to buy a complete pre existing hive. The price of honey has collapsed over the last couple of years, so some beekeepers are selling off hives cheaply, if you shop around a while you will probably get one a
    1 point
  17. I know how you feel. The strong winds up here are really knocking my broomstick around.
    0 points
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