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Maggie James

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  1. On dear - @Otto I am missing the disappeard edit button function !
  2. Thanks Otta - Not being rude, but will study this, along with fuschia pollen tomorrow a.m.
  3. I think in some parts of the country this is a very pertinent comment. In Canterbury we get important pollen & nectar flows Sept & Oct, important for brood rearing & build up, then we go into a dearth early November. That's when many novices in rural areas lose hives. As a rule, hives here are not self suffcient until late November. Last year it was later, due to our horrenodus spring weather - mid December.
  4. Thanks Phil - Where R U? Having a bit of difficulty with the locations being wiped? Cheers Maggie
  5. I have heard the term Blue Socks before. Is it an incidental gathering? It looks like it is on their legs. Or is it because they can't pack it in the sacs? Fab brood pattern!
  6. You are lucky to have a broomstick. Here right now it would get snaped in half. I can't even stand up in an apiary - have converted my broomstick to hiking poles! Home now!
  7. Don't know about others, but I liked immediately seeing where someone was from. It sometimes makes a difference in interpreting regional comments; particularly about hive health, weather, and sometimes practises specific to an area. I went into someone's profile yesterday, and it didn't have the area, which was a bit of a nuisance. And of course, we don't always have time to go into someone's profile or make a post asking them where they are from. Thanks for your answer. Need to fly now before the weather changes.
  8. That's the result of a good experienced beekeeper attending one of my queen cell tuts!
  9. Gotta use the method that's right for us. Good to hear that you picked up tips. It's great when punters say that.
  10. We don't have barberry in this neck of the woods. I have seen it in parts of Otago, but not in flower. Definitely seen it lots in the Nth Is, but not in flower. I have just had a look at your profile to see where you are. Is it my imagination, or did that info used to be just below our moniker?
  11. Know what a barberry leaf looks like. Have wondered what a flower looks like! Good photo
  12. Does that mean instead of one million hives in NZ, there is 1.333 million hives
  13. https://tinyurl.com/toxichoney https://www.mpi.govt.nz/processing/honey-and-bee-products/
  14. Was this issue combined with a warm winter and increased flying hours with no floral sources available?
  15. 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
  16. It's just that some of us are getting rather worn out
  17. Would just like to point out, I am not anti people with degrees. There just seem to be a few of them that are highly articulate and bully the rest of us
  18. ....and some people are just b....... artists and think they are better than the rest of us - articulate spin doctors with university degrees. That should never have happened. Bully people. The last few years, there have been far to many bullies in our industry. Right now I have a major allergy to administrators.
  19. That's interesting. Out this way, all the old railway tracks were planted in hawthorn hedges, but I have never seen that colour pollen in my hives. The first two years of T4Bs they were based at Lincoln and I supplied a large amount of pollen and plant specimens, but I don't recall that colour, and I definitely supplied bees with pollen sacs full of pollen. I do know it came up quite high in the nutritional values. What I can tell you from my experience is that apiaries near the Hawthorn, in spring, I would only inspect on a warm day prob middle of the day. Cos if the air tem
  20. There is an area for comments at the end of the survey, so perhaps put it there. Can't remember the format now, but I commented along the lines there was no allowance for requeening with queen cells and protected queen cells. I'm bit of a fan of protected queen cells if the apiary is near a river bed, cos I have a good success rate at those sites. Although I do understand for reasons that not all beekeepers like this concept.
  21. What is the pea green pollen to the left of the most left bee?
  22. What was the reason for the DNA sequencing? Re the fuschia honey - what is the pollen count required for this or are there other parameters?
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