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  1. 5 points
    I do not make my own staples . They come from someone who knows what they are doing . I have read every post on this thread and decided it was an art and a science I was not confident I would get right . And I think , after reading peoples experiences, I was correct .
  2. 4 points
    This year really is turning into a year of firsts for me, which is pretty cool. One of my over wintered nuc's which I put its 5th FD box on last weekend. Every box has been un drawn but I have put extra wax on the frames which I think it paid off. As there are only 7 frames in the hive that are less then 3/4 drawn. Im Thinking about taking a box off and extracting as I don't really want to put a 6th box on. But at this rate I might have to, I also did my first re-queen from a cage queen. The hive has had a drone layer, then poorly mated queens so it's due for a replacement. Will have to check in a few days hopefully it was a success. Finding the poorly mated queen was a job. When your not looking for them you find them. When you are it takes ages. She must have known her time was almost up. All the advice I've received/read on here re swarm prevention seams to be paying off thus far. (don't jinx it) So thanks for the advice guys and girls.
  3. 4 points
    Just a note that two of the people in that article work for companies that have a joint venture for growing manuka plantations, so they have a vested interest in promoting to land owners that plantations are the future of the manuka industry.
  4. 3 points
    A rob out is when a hive has died of AFB and there are no stores left in the hive. Usually the cells are damaged as in a normal rob out. Scale may or may not be in the frames, it depends on how long it has been dried for. It takes a fair while for the grubs to descciate. Yes, any dead grub will still be in the cells as they are stuck to the cell wall. There will usually be old capped cells with AFB larvae under the caps. These later dry out (desiccate).
  5. 3 points
    Hello New Zealand Commercial Beekeepers! I'm a visiting sideliner from the US (Boulder, Colorado) on holiday to hike the 3000km Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff. As I tramp through your beautiful countyside I'm excited to see hives in full spring action with seconds and thirds already, especially since I just buttoned up my hives for the winter and they've already received 30+ cm of snow! In addition to running a few dozen hives back home, I consult for the University of Colorado's Peleg Bee Lab as the primary beekeeper maintaining hives and isolating swarms for research. In the PHD lab we analyze bee swarms and clusters using high-definition cameras, x-ray chambers and GC-MS chemical pheremone analysis to model bee interactions and behaviors. I'm interested in meeting beekeepers along my travels to learn more about NZ specific beekeeping processes (who's flying the hives in with helicopters?! Awesome!). I'm also curious as to what diseases are most prevalent and what methods are the most effective or ineffective regarding (varroa/SHB/AFB/EFB/nosema etc). If beekeeping here is anything like in the states there are wildly different approaches and heated opinions on what's the 'best'. I'm also curious how heavily regulated the industry is here, in Colorado it's literally the wild west with no regulation, inspection, or even registration. In short I would love to meet in person as I have quite a few questions. Currently I'm tramping south-east past Kerikeri with my fiance but am willing to find my way anywhere for a bit of time talking bees! Sincerely, Chris
  6. 3 points
    I was surprised to hear the woman from Tasmanian Blue Hills Honey was able to send their honey to a Lab in Hamilton for testing to see if it fit the MPI standard . i would have thought it would have been destroyed and reported because it’s illegal to import honey into NZ .
  7. 3 points
    the good news is that there are a large number of beekeepers with a lot of honey sitting in drums that they haven't been able to sell. The bad news is that money is likely a bit tight for people to invest into marketing etc. In some ways it's a perfect time for someone to have a go at this as supply shouldn't be a limiting factor - there are a few facebook pages you could also put the word out on too. in terms of "making the product" - do you mean producing it to the drum level? the packed in jars without a label level? or the packed in jars with a label level? there are a few great threads about honey market current status on here which will give you plenty of useful background too - i hope this goes well copied a few links to threads worth reading, there will be many more!
  8. 2 points
    Thankyou for your reply .Good to have you along . I’ve always found the WDC very good to deal with with the occasional questions I ask of them . For what it’s worth , I’m pleased you are reviewing your beehive policy , particularly in light that it’s not actually enforced . It is important to know where beehives are and moving forward , perhaps some communication with The Management Agency would be a good idea . That way, any bee complaints made to the WDC could be forwarded to The Management Agency to be dealt with by them . Thos would save on double handling , double fees, and the right department would be hearing about it . Unregistered hives are more of a problem than having to apply for a consent to keep bees That’s how I see it anyway .
  9. 2 points
    There used to be Gerrad Springs in Great South Rd, they make all sorts of springs, now they are called CMI Springs, address 7A Carmont Place, Mt Wgtn.
  10. 2 points
    Too true I have four apiaries , hive numbers ranging from 2 to 9 at the moment . They are contained with in a 3 km radius and you would think the bees have access to the same forage . Well, the most certainly don’t . Year in year out , there are vast differences in performance, which also affects mite numbers affecting them and their ability to withstand mites long and short term . The Main difference is forage
  11. 2 points
    It's quite a few years since of had to get a fire permit and last time it was just a matter of talking to someone and explaining the problem and I was told that the permit would be in the post but go ahead and burn it right now. That is commonsense. It's raining today and would be perfect but no I have applied for a permit but and specifically forbidden from burning until such time as the permit arrives. They obviously know all about beehives because they are one of the multiple choice answers. If I had found the hive on Sunday I could have burned it with the controlled fire season coming in yesterday. Unfortunately town has moved out on two sides of me and with the black smoke from burning polystyrene boxes I'm sure someone would report me. It's not that you can't get a permit as they normally grant them unless fire danger is extreme is just that you tend to miss out on the best time and best day . If fire danger is extreme there is normally no problem getting a permit to safely store the AFB until such time as it can be burnt. One of the problems with storing AFB hives is that when they have honey on them the petrol often dissolves some of the wax which means honey runs out on the floor over time. The hives can also become infected with wax moth and some sort of fruitfly which must be some risk for spreading infection. It may be that using an insecticide to kill the bees would alleviate a lot of those problems. There has been talk for years of having centrally placed incinerators for AFB destruction which would solve a lot of problems but nothing has ever come of it.
  12. 2 points
    @Alastair for what it's worth, a couple of comments about our hives (have found staples effective and safe). 1) haven't put staples in wet. Don't care if they've got crystals on them, but we haven't put them in wet. 2) we're heavily involved in pollination - started in July in summerfruit, still going now in kiwifruit. Relevance is that they're always on a nectar flow of some sort and when they're not, we're feeding syrup to maintain hive strength. That might support your thoughts about stores vs fresh nectar. 3) we've got all hive doctor vented floors and dampness in the hive is never an issue. @CraBee I have to admit to some nervousness after reading all the above on autumn treatments and have been thinking similar to you - maybe apivar. cheers
  13. 2 points
    I'll be heading south Christmas, happy to meet up I would not expect to waste a whole day of yours but would certainly appreciate a chat and maybe open a few hives, but appreciate you will be a busy man. Right now all i know is you are Stoney on NZBees. Beyond that I don't know who you are or where you are. How about shoot me a text with your contact details to 027 4725 914
  14. 1 point
    Two tiered honey industry apparently... Nothing new that those in the business don't already know, but great to get it out in the public domain that beekeepers don't all drive Ferrari's and fly helicopters. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/116984265/mnuka-plantations-to-replace-wild-capture-as-honey-sector-faces-twospeed-market?cid=app-android
  15. 1 point
    Ha. No one says the real amount of hives so it’s hard to guess. We have around 250, I think we would be the smallest.
  16. 1 point
    And my post is definitely not relevant
  17. 1 point
    I just got notification of my propolis extraction yesterday. Almost $600 so better than a slap around the ears with a dead fish. So I am happy again Best wishes @Gino de Graaf
  18. 1 point
    The Questions Alastair asked did need asking, and answering as some were signing up to pay something like $3000 for supposed treatment free nucs, and even in those golden times was preposterous.
  19. 1 point
    I have certainly done 100+ kg on the Plains and in an urban environment. But certainly not 100kg+ every year on the Plains - you need to be slap bang on a really good nectar crop. And it is getting harder with dairy expansion. There is certainly more mixed farming this year, but sheep pasture I note has very few weeds in it and is intensely monitored. The last two summers have been extremely hot, so this is conducive to grains and cereal production. Also this year, there seems to be a lot of beans and pea cropping; Out this way the local council for safety encourage farmers to mow the roadsides. So all in all there are becoming less and less floral sources. The local council certainly does encourage native plantings along waterways. In an urban environment it is very easy to achieve 100 kg+, but that is only if there are floral sources. More and more we are seeing concrete jungles with very little variety in floral sources and if there are planting they are often mass plantings of easy care plants. Also, not everyone is interested in gardening and with high mortgages, not all have time to garden. The generalist statements, alleged above, by a tutor can be very misleading for beginners and can in turn lead to a multitude of problems.
  20. 1 point
    nobody complains about the cost of marmite at $10-$14 kg
  21. 1 point
    How many other beekeepers from outside NZ are sending honey to labs here and why are the labs thinking it’s ok to test it ? ahh I didn’t know that thanks for the info Trev. not sure I think it’s a good idea though knowing the trouble we have with the postal and courier system getting queens to where they need to be when they need to be there
  22. 1 point
    No. We have been thru this before. Other countries can send honey to NZ labs for testing but they need a permit to do so and they have to send it directly and then the honey is specially quarantined then destroyed at the lab. Something like that anyway.
  23. 1 point
    I am .... rata does’nt seem to be on peoples shopping list... so why go to the expense of chasing it? I'll answer that question ..... Because it's a blast ! As you fire up those 500 horses and hit the hills with the turbo whinning with a load of a hundred million little critters on the back , and Jake the Brake growling down the other side ..... As you feel the adrenalin rise when you engage the diff lockers for the lumpy bumpy ride across the rushing torrent in the early dawn, and wind the strops in the quiet of the bush ..... you 'aint really thinking about the dollar bills you've won or lost ..... You is living in the moment. You is living the dream ....
  24. 1 point
    And my feral manuka is flowering better than I've ever seen it before.
  25. 1 point
    I agree regarding winter use.. damp is no good. Also think small colonies under a box of bees are best treated once they have expanded or treated with synthetics as the small colonies can take a long time to hit that critical mass to just take off.
  26. 1 point
    I only have 3 hives , no real sample , but my hive with staples that I moved into the hakea in mid may and had filled and capped a box of honey 8 weeks later didnt miss a beat . But I had a hive at home in a damper spot without the flow that I had to keep putting in a smaller box .
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    Oh dear @jamesc i do have to say that if you had sent your samples to @JohnF your results would be available ages ago. My results from John have always be fast.
  29. 1 point
    Great. So the bees will just stick around? And I shake whatever is left into the box? I’m also assuming I leave it there, at least over night to collect whatever bees I don’t catch?
  30. 1 point
    Is there sugar or honey in that compost bin
  31. 1 point
    I don't sense too much hostility, more frustration at not being heard. I also shared my Tape outcome, and no one could give me a answer. There are others, who either don't share or are not here on forum. We hear the success but fail to see hives thrive when using it. Do we suck at our jobs? Our bees are sicker? Our conditions don't suit?
  32. 1 point
    Yes i put staples in the extra boxes so probably overdosed for the amount of actual bees. Today i checked a site that a while back had big strong hives that were good enough to take packages off at a couple of kilos a hive, today the hives have shrunk to a fistful of bees, and I'm writing that site off for any honey production this season i'll be happy just to get them in good shape for winter. I think i overdosed plus had treatment in too long, I'm now convinced oxalic can hurt the bees and it's super important not to overdose.
  33. 1 point
    No such rule. A swarm will stay where you put it.
  34. 1 point
    Known as Rangiora, also known as bushmans loo paper.
  35. 1 point
    Well @tristan, one week on and the sun is shining and the fields are blooming with yellow flowers . The bees are storing nectar and pollen around the outsides of the broodnests again the brood on new frames is no longer shotgun . New frames have been drawn and are being laid in . Staples are all getting pulled out this round . Drone brood between boxes is all clean . For now , it’s all on . Im not quite ready to pack brood down yet and put QE’s on , but it won’t be far away. Some weaker hives I merged and double queened are thriving with a better workforce . 22 strong hives at my place . Op
  36. 1 point
    correction on that. they are still there and have bounced back so well you cannot tell that they had ever lost any bees other than they are not building up as fast as other hives. my thoughts are that the issue has been hidden due to hives being fed (so lack of pollen and nectar coming in is not reducing brood laying) and especially strong hives running lots of brood, hives recover a bit before we get back. combine that with the orchard being looked after by different staff members things get missed. especially if it just looks like a slow hives which is not uncommon in turbulent spring. i hope i will get to talk to some of the orchard owners/staff, especially some that are highly regarded in the avo scene. however extraction has kicked off already and things are rather busy.
  37. 1 point
    To be able to label your Manuka with the UMF trademark you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars. In my opinion UMF is a money making exercise and those that produce Manuka honey should not be compelled to use it to legitimately sell their honey as Manuka.
  38. 1 point
    I gotta say as far as the staples go I’m very happy.. round 2 of my own bees complete. Drone production in full swing, no mites seen, fresh staples been in for 4 weeks, bees are clean as a whistle and building well. A trickle of nectar coming in at last.. willow still 3 weeks away. Have split anything building queen cups (14%) Only about 5% are chewing out the EPs. Around 12% lost population this time round.. with 7% creating supercedure cells upon fresh staple placement. Most have been torn down. happy as Larry.
  39. 1 point
    And the extreme cost.. I’d be up the creek financially without these things.. and they work which is one heck of a bonus thanks Phil
  40. 1 point
    Trucks are great places to graft because they are small spaces with highly developed climate controls however I did get tired of scraping wax off everything in the cab. This will be my first season with a dedicated grafting room and its good to have everything handy like cups, cages and all the rest of the paraphernalia. Storage for cell bars, kettle for coffee and maybe a fridge for....... milk . Even a place to hang clip boards on the walls for record keeping.
  41. 0 points
    Yes. But once you borrow his one. Then you will not have a problem with your (his) smoker.
  42. 0 points
    Problem with you guys, is you just don't have enough "hive weeks". 😉 I will certainly not be showing any of YOU my brood. 🤣
  43. 0 points
    Ha ha, you two crack me up with your debates, we'll go full circle soon and be back to candy v sugar syrup 🙂
  44. 0 points
    James, my queens were generally well received but IMO the only special qualities they had were due to being bred on good forage in large mating Nucs full of Bees. One that I have in mind is one that would not want to be named to you Alistair because you have given him a very hard time in the past.
  45. 0 points
    Hmmmm ..... I see a new enterprise for you Phil ..... I'd be interested in buying some queens from you and introduce a new line into our closed operation.
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    yep and thats where these come in handy
  49. -1 points
    Thanks for that Dave, I had you pegged as someone else which is why I asked. Your comments began to shift from what I would have expected from the person I thought you were.
  50. -2 points
    I replaced my old smoker which was one with plastic bellows and cost around $50 with a Dadant with leather bellows. id never used a dadant or the style of lid on the dadant but was swayed by beekeepers on the forum . i won’t be buying another one ! not long after buying it two nuts that held one side of the bellows onto the body of the smoker came off and have continued to come off and the thingy that attaches the smoker lid to the body came off so the lid is now seperate to the body which is a pain. I paid over $80 dollars for it and consider it a waste of money .
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