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  1. Renee - I read the article about lack of funding and will write a paper (peer reviewed) for your grand-dad if you give me some data! Cheers N
  2. Do you prefer the plastic foil seal?
  3. It came inserted into the lid with the jars that I purchased. I am thinking of manually removing the insert but will make my decision after I get a few responses from posts
  4. whats your opinion of the foil pressure seal system? Have you used it?
  5. Hi, I purchased a whole lot of 250gm plastic honey jars off the internet from a group in Christchurch (18c each). The lids came with a type foil insert inside the lid. The lid screws down on the jar and the foil acts as a seal. I am in one mind to take the insert out as the jars that I use to get from ceracell have no foil seal but at the same time it could look more professional. What are your thoughts on this system?
  6. Hi, I am considering putting a hive together from a friend, I have a few options, I could create a split or get some frames and create a nuc with a queen. At this time of year, would you advise going with a virgin queen (I don't see many drones out yet)? Or getting a mated queen (I am always a bit suspicious of mated queens stored over the winter)? Or trying for the split (I was wondering on the likelihood of successful mating this time of year - it just feels like there are not enough drones out, but think by the time the new queen emerges it could be different)?
  7. It was a swarm and in the deadout most of the brood hatched out, there was no AFB and honey left but all the bees died out. I think they either just got overcome by wasps of something. There didn't seem to be panic supersedure cells in the dead out.
  8. Hi, A friends hive died and I'm trying to get a new hive going but its moving into winter. I have a box of empty frames from his old hive. One idea is to put the empty box into one of my very strong hives (auckland weather) and spray sugar water over the frames and put a feeder in place. Let the box become repopulated with bees and brood and then move the box with bees and a brought queen. Another idea is to try for a split but I don't think the chances are good of mating a natural queen. What are your ideas and experiences with establishing hives in winter? How risky is this proposition?
  9. Mum has cameras on the place - there has been some rustling so maybe I can find out if the bull was stung first? The last part of the story is after the bull kicked in the hives he was hard out using his stung organ with the neigbours heffers! I guess he figured he had to use it before he was to lose it? Nigel
  10. I don't know maybe it relieved itself near the hive and the end result was a tit for tat escalation.
  11. I think I see how it happened, the bull is by the fence and the bee stings it in a place no bull likes to be stung - it jumps the fence and takes out its revenge!!!!! I can almost empathize with the bull here.
  12. no there was no hot wire on the fence. The neighbour is claiming that the bull killed all the bees though. the bees stung the the bull on the testicles
  13. My mum treats her stock like members of the family. So yes she will have been silly enough to phone up a vet and pay for a vet to look at bee stings on a bull. sorry I used cow and bull interchangeably. It was my mums bull! Mums bull jumped the fence and knocked over the neighbours hives and got stung!
  14. It was my mums cow and she got contacted by the neighbour and told she had to pay for new hives? She rang me and told me the story and I told her to get in touch with some commercial bee keepers and get them out to take a look. I thought I would also do a check to see if it was possible and what may have caused it. The bull is being treated by the vet for stings - the bull got 20 stings on the legs. The bull has jumped the fence - not smashed it.
  15. I will get some photos of the hives. What could cause a cow to jump a fence and knock over hives? The bull has been stung in the process?
  16. so can I place twenty hives along the fence line with my neighbour whos dog ate my chicken????
  17. I've had an enquiry about a cow that has knocked jumped a fence and knocked over some bee hives. The how has been stung and the owner of the property that the hives were on has said the cow has killed the bees. Is this possible - how long can a beehive be knocked over for before the bees abscond. The hives were knocked over for 4 hours. What is the legal distance that hive can be placed by a boundary fence?
  18. bucket attached to a telescopic house cleaning brush
  19. That's interesting I didn't consider confining the queen
  20. Hi, I am considering undertaking a split in late feb/early march in auckland as a means of varroa control. From what I have calculated the new queen should be laying in april and may as part of the winter buildup. I figure that by not laying for one cycle the varroa count will drop and this I may not have to treat in autumn. Has anyone ever tried this form of varroa control??
  21. yes I dropped some eggs in there and went to check them today to see if they tried to make queen cells, I started checking frames first and that was when I saw fresh eggs (lots of new fresh eggs) and some new Larvae.
  22. I did a check again today (day 39) and spotted some fresh eggs and some new larva and a queen. It appears to have just taken a bit longer than usual.
  23. I checked again today and still no sign of brood. I made a nuc on 28-10-15 using a day 9 queen cell and will place a frame of brood into the hive tomorrow to check to see readyness to generate a new queen. If there is no sign of a queen cell being formed then I will unite with either the new nuc or the original hive.
  24. There was capped brook when I set up the split but the capped brood has now hatched 30 days later.
  25. I made a split 31 days ago and have not seen eggs or a queen. I saw the queen cell formed fairly soon after I made the split and bees are brining in pollin but there are no eggs after 31 days. When do I start to panic and what should I do next? sit tight or start putting in frames of eggs? Thanks Nigel
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