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  1. Tend to agree. When AFB spores are viable up to 45 years (maybe more depending on where located) a levy will not solve the problem, and diseasathons would need to be repeated every six months (even more often) for at least 50 years and still NOT guarantee all AFB was found and eradicated. The spores do not need to be in another hive, they can be in the ground, or in trees - in houses, anywhere where once was a bee nest or beehive (apiary) registered or not. Basically if you want to keep bees around Hamilton, expect to burn a few periodically. And this state goes back to WWII when there was su
  2. The native trees, Kowhai and Karaka produce toxic nectar. Bees fall to the ground and never return to the hive.
  3. Before the European brought honey bees to NZ there was NO HONEY produced here in NZ. Absolutely none. Therefore all honey, Manuka included is a European product, a European taonga if you like, but definitely NOT a Maori taonga. In fact Manuka honey isn't even produced by Manuka scrub/trees or whatever. Sure there is nectar that the plant produces and that the European Honey bees collect but ALL honey is produced WITHIN a beehive by honey bees and never by a plant. The 'honey bees manufacture' honey by a process of ingestion and regurgitation while adding natural bee enzymes
  4. Just been reading more about tutu, tutin toxin and the Industry unification project. More admin and costs onto beekeepers. If we look at the subject of tutin toxin and toxic product, the base problem is the plant when growing in urban and rural farming regions. OK it's a native plant/shrub so the plant may be a 'holy cow' but...... frankly it's a poisonous plant and should be classified as noxious. It is far easier to identify the plant than a few honey comb cells of contaminated honey or a contaminated sample taken from a honey tank or drum. If contaminated honey is a food safety issue and ca
  5. If you suffer from deep cold cracks on the end of your thumb (or finger) and you get stung inside the crack, it's hard to decide if that or the sting under the end of your nose is worse or better.
  6. As a ball-park consideration bees use roughly 6 units of honey to make 1 unit of wax required to build comb. That's why heavy brood or Manuka foundation is really good. The bees decide the foundation is over thick and use the wax up by drawing it up as cell walls - it's much quicker for them to do this and they don't consume honey to do it, so enabling more honey production. As mentioned above the bees will work thick foundation even without a nectar flow on, so it means gains all round - for the bees and the beekeeper. A wax coating on plastic foundation (frames) encourages the bees to w
  7. Well the coloured sugar will end up not only in their hives but probably yours as well, and anyone elses hives that are able to access the sugar from within the next 5 km or so. Especially now we're due to go into the robbing season shortly. How much are you thinking of? It is indeed inconsiderate to locate hives within easy flying distance of someone else's honey shed. It's also risky as that is often where unwanted organisms can come from if "collections" are in poorly stored situations.
  8. The way I read it Wayne, anyone who doesn't want anything but top bars in a TBH are against frames in a TBH. Why else would they NOT use them? I've understood several posters have moaned about the concept of possibly having to use frames. The DECA aspect is OK for inspecting your own hives for AFB, BUT in Exotic Surveillance Programmes your hives will be inspected by Authorised persons (AP's AP2s) or an Apiary Officer (AO) in the employ of MAF, AsureQuality or contractors perhaps representing the PMS / NBA / Industry. Your hives are required to meet the inspection standards expected of t
  9. The observation hive is best if queen-right (with a marked laying queen) so that visitors can see the queen and the growth of bees from egg through to grub, pupa and hatching bee. One problem if the observation hive is more than one frame wide, the queen will tend to stay between the frames for more time and so not be visible often enough.
  10. If they're too wide the bees will use the frames away from the glass. When not being observed the colony is best kept in the dark. Frames above each other is the way to go - as at Mossops. Often observation hives are maintained by having another "donor" hive somewhere handy - so that frames of capped brood can be added from time to time to keep the observation colony at optimum visual strength.
  11. It is very nice to see the frames you've made up. The sides and bottom bars could possibly be made lighter - no real need for them to be thicker or heavier than those used in Langstroth hives, but if you experiment with the thickness you'll determine what you like best. The waxed grooves will definitely help. You could even hot wax in very long thin strips of foundation wax to help encourage and guide the bees.
  12. You can have both, and use either, or both depending on the location the hives have been moved to. Side entrances (on the long aspect of the langstroth box) mean the combs are aligned across the entry point. This in my experience is the usual alignment in wild colonies (but not exclusively so). Cold airflow into the colony is impeded by this alignment. So it is good in cold or drafty locations. Normal front entrances with comb aligned away from the entrance (our hive standard) are by us assumed to give the bees better access and better airflow, especially in hot weather. Most hives h
  13. Like John I think folk are missing the point. He says "The standardisation of beehives in New Zealand has always been one of our greatest strengths,". I absolutely agree. When you take into account research results and details, instruction information, construction costs and design, availability of standard beeware and the cost of such, compenentry, etc ... the costs and ability buy the stuff at all is far easier with standardisation. All this is hugely beneficial. About Long hives, he says "They do look pretty cool but then so do standard hives. They do have a big advantage in t
  14. Also if varroa ambush bees out of flowers florets, after settling in there having jumped ship off another bee. What about some of the other mites. Lets hope they don't talk to each other and spread the word about how to hitch-hike around the world.
  15. An interesting thought. The primary infection area from recall, was in Manukau(Sth Auckland) city region, within the environs of Auckland International Airport. Any suggestions were highly speculative as there was no definitive answer. It did look by infestation spread that it was 2 years after the event that anything noticed by the affected beekeepers was though suddenly very critical. The whole thing suggests Risk Management, imports and bi-lateral trade agreements are simply open slather from wide open doors. How on earth could we go back to sailing ships and "hot-air balloons"??? One
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