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Maggie James

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  1. I think your life is more in danger travelling in the honey truck to an apiary! As a matter of interest: Yesterday I am in my grafting yard in Ellesemere undertaking hive manipulations to discover that there are ten police cars, plus a dog, chasing a stolen vehicle from ChCh. The guy was running down creekbeds and irrigation ditches to throw the cops of the scent. Nobody thought of telling me. Fortunately the guy didn't have a gun. I thought it was all rather amusing!
  2. I have had an anaphylactic reacion, after a bout of flu when my immune system was down, requiring emergency adrenaline by the local area medical centre, with very successful follow up in the South Island honey bee venom desensitisation programme at Christchurch Hospital. In over 20 years I know of 2 fatalities from honey bees and these were children of beekeepers; one of whom was not in a beekeeping situation; both of whom the parents were my customers. In other instances of anaphylaxis the ambulance has met the patient who was taken by car to the halfway mark, or the
  3. Another reason for grumpy hives, in your area if you are in a rural setting, is that there is probably a pollen and nectar dearth. In rural Canty hives generally go into a dearth approx 1 Nov to maybe mid or 30 Nov, thereafter become self sufficient.
  4. Oh no - not the split. Hope you have got a placid queen, brood & larvae, plus young bees to facilitate a good split!
  5. James, where is the building? Had to get out the magnifying glass to read the notice! Great scenic photos. When shifting hives etc, perhaps you could diversify into domestic tourism. Put a client in the truck cab. A lot of people aren't keen on public transport, and there could be a demand for your "boutique" travel routes. If the Chathams can get inundated with tourists, so can you. The odd hours that you travel would be part of the experience
  6. The North Canterbury Beekeepers Club has a good website, great apiary venue, plus Q&A evenings during the week following field days. I understand they also have an educational programme, plus a buying pool for various hive treaments, feeds etc. I suggest you contact them and attend some of their meetings for informative, friendly education and networking purposes.
  7. We had an earthquake here yesterday 7.26 a.m. 4.6 scale, 10 km depth, quite prolonged. Fortunately we have not seen any lava yet. In the past I have noted that earthquakes do make bees v grumpy, so I guess lava would exacerbate any grumpiness. Grafting yard v grumpy today, plus this would have been aggravated with cool temps and no pollen or nectar flow. Do you belong to a beekeeping club, and if so do you attend? I think bee clubs are great. They give you an opportunity to buddy up with someone in your area plus networking, whether inspecting a hive, or via phone, or via
  8. Lately, I have been inudated with numerous phone calls from students of a tertiary provider (who appears to be v disorganised) delivering beekeeping courses at level 3 & level 4. Students want answers to their questions on their assignments, and students seem to think they would like to be mentored by me. They just don't seem to understand it's not my place to help them with their assignments, and whilst I don't mind mentoring people, I can't go mentoring what seems to be like half the population of mid Canterbury; particularly when a tertiary provider providing zero fee courses is proba
  9. That's a most unappealing description to our senses. I think it kinda looks like chopped pinenuts - only $6.34 per 100 g at Countdown this week (could be a few different lentils & peas thrown in also!) A much better description appealing to four of our five senses - taste, touch, sight, smell
  10. Queen producers, quite rightly so, are also judged by their end product - a queen with excellent traits. I have found this year there are a lot of people who have never worked in the commercial sector are mated laying queen producing experts. Maybe there are some more "queen candy producers" out there. I have also found with cost cutting measures with non manuka producers they are switching their orders to queen cells, and getting advice on what equipment required and how to handle cells. This suits me fine. When a beekeeper purchases queen cells, they get a pretty good idea
  11. The candy made in Leeston uses invert sugar with glycerine. The recipe and mixer were purchased from Airbone Honey by a local beekeeping identity
  12. Crikey - These days, that ad would be banned due to lack of PPE gear, no safety belts, not to mention smoking, & DOC would prob have a blue fit with someone driving through rivers & bush in that manner! Unfortunately our PC society has forgotten how to have a laugh at ourselves.
  13. My candy maker uses inverted sugar and supplies many queen bee producers in NZ. The candy is always firm consistency, but malleable, able to be easily moulded. I have never had any complaints - whether it be cold or hot weather. Where, when and by whom did the instruction come to leave the colonies queenless 1-2 nights?
  14. If you have 3-4 frames of brood & bees, you have young nurse bees on these frames. So that bit is correct. I would still have checked if queen cell cups had been drawn out after the four hours you mention, and would have knocked these down before introducing the caged queen. If there are any queen cells at any stage in the recipient colony you will lose your queen. If she was dead in the cage after introduction, she has most likely been starved, due to presence of these cells. If the candy was rock hard, then there is more time for her pheromones to be distributed through
  15. R U sure that's what the breeder advised? Why does it have to be queenless two nights before introduction? And why was the candy rock hard? The only time I have seen the candy go rock hard in the cage was late autumn in very cold weather; and I was aware that could happen. What do you mean by a split? A top split? A nuc? I have never left a top split queenless overnight. I want the newly emerged virgin from a cell or the mated caged laying queen accepted ASAP to avoid drifting to the bottom unit. In the event I make a nuc and I can't add a caged qu
  16. Bring back pointer number 3. Would settle for 1km. Shame we have just had a general election - would have been a great election issue. Save the bees & all that hoopla blah blah. Not to mention Save Honest Beekeepers!
  17. Burgundy fron Burgundy trademarked, so Oz had to trademark Shiraz. Both major marketing ploys
  18. ...and a photo of a sexy hive? haha. Sounds innovative! You might get a govt grant aimed at whatever is required to get us all back on track with the economy
  19. Never heard of it being referred to teatree in the Mainland. I remember once in all seriousness, Maggie Barry on her gardening show describing the difference between manuka & kanuka, was that kanuka dropped its nuts!!!! Couldn't believe my ears. These days with better micrcoscopy, kanuka and manuka cannot be lumped as the same, which has probably happened in the past; up until fairly recently.
  20. Hi Trev - Please show a pic of how u weigh em!? Not taken' the mickey. Cheers
  21. My understanding is that Manuka is a Polynesian word, used mainly by NZ Maori. If I am incorrect, am v happy to be corrected on this statement by someone in the know. Australia is not part of Polynesia. The biggest island in Polynesia, is the South Island of NZ. So, I guess the second biggest island is the North Island of NZ.
  22. Manuka is a Maori word, not an aboriginal word. Aborigines are one of the oldest races in the world. When you google Polynesia, Australia isn't on the list, but NZ is. Therefore the Australians need to think of their own word, or use the appropriate Aboriginal word.
  23. The word Manuka has probably been in use in parts of Australia since the 1840s, because it was probably imported from NZ then. NZ Native timbers were a big export to Australia, and no doubt probably Manuka plants arrived into Australia from NZ at that time.
  24. Thanks for the compliment. Haven't worked out schedule for next year. Did a tut in Invers, Woodlands Tavern, Aug 2019. First day at Oreti Beach beautiful. Then incredibly cold. Highly recommend Bayview Fish Shop at Riverton, then find a great sea view, eat and enjoy.
  25. What is the flow? Is that the snowman under your moniker, standing on one of the trailers?
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