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  1. Thanks for all that info, Alistair. Very helpful. May give it another go next year.
  2. Alastair, how did you attach the plastic legs of the Jenter frame to the top of the plastic frame? I haven't done any Queen rearing for a couple of years but previously we hung the Jenter cage from a wooden frame. Also do you insert the cups into the yellow cup holders, and then what type of cell bar do you use to hang them? We thought it would be difficult to extricate the finished queen cell through the holes in a wooden bar, so used a different cup holder that twisted onto a metal cell bar. Even so it was a mission to twist them back out (using pliers) as the bees always built some burr
  3. Alastair, how did you attach the plastic legs of the Jenter frame to the top of the plastic frame? I haven't done any Queen rearing for a couple of years but previously we hung the Jenter cage from a wooden frame. Also do you insert the cups into the yellow cup holders, and then what type of cell bar do you use to hang them? We thought it would be difficult to extricate the finished queen cell through the holes in a wooden bar, so used a different cup holder that twisted onto a metal cell bar. Even so it was a mission to twist them back out (using pliers) as the bees always built some burr
  4. How can I stop the bees mixing it if both trees are flowering at the same time?
  5. Thank you everyone for your replies. Will just have to hope that blended with pohutukawa and Kanuka it's not too bad.
  6. Does anyone have any experience of the honey from the broad - leafed Chinese Privet (Ligustrum Lucidum) please? It is a tree and has a creamy/yellow flower. I'm not referring to the smaller - leafed privet bush which has a white flower. I have read varying reports of Chinese privet honey from bitter to very pleasant tasting but it may depend on the variety. Thank you.
  7. Thank you everyone for your earlier replies. Update on the two "Nucs": We put a frame of eggs/brood in each on 1st. Yesterday the original mystery queen cell had gone(we had damaged it earlier) and there was another queen cell on the added brood frame. There were 3 queen cells in the 2nd nuc. We amalgamated them as they were both small so hopefully we'll get a viable nuc out of it.
  8. At dusk on Dec 2nd we transferred two nucleus hives in our nuc site into full size boxes and they were moved 300 kms away, leaving several other nucs at the site. A day or so later we hived all the other nucs 100 metres away and covered the entrances with branches to force the bees to reorientate which they seemed to do successfully. We left all of the now empty wooden nuc boxes at the original site. On Dec 29th we checked the site and found that the first two nuc boxes which were hived were now occupied by a handful of bees each; one had built a 20 cm hoop of comb under the hive mat
  9. In one of our apiaries the new wax in some of the hives is a startling curry yellow. Am curious as to why this is. In the same apiary other hives have the usual cream coloured new wax. Flowering around about are kanuka, honeysuckle, privet, dandelions. Is this familiar to anyone?
  10. Can you please elaborate? Where does the chopping board go? Thanks.
  11. Hi there! Took the queen a few days to get used to ours too. We sprayed the cell plugs with sugar water once - that seemed to work. No problem now and we've used it 7 - 8 times. We don't wash the kit between uses but put it back in the hive 2 days before locking the queen in. The bees do the job of removing the old unused larvae, cleaning it up and putting a thin layer of wax around the top of each cell. We've had good success with ours. It's great to know you've got larvae of the right age. We've used a few different queens. Best of luck, persevere!
  12. What are the chances of robbing if putting the newly hived swarm without feed in an established apiary where the hives have lots of honey? I well remember in my first foray into beekeeping several years ago waking up to the sound of very loud buzzing and the air swirling with bees. I had only one hive and had brought a new swarm home the night before and placed it beside the original one intending to feed it sugar syrup in the morning. I fed the new swarm immediately (got covered in bees in the process) and they settled down quickly. I'd hate a repeat of that.
  13. What date is this course please?
  14. Thanks, Lindaloo for all the info. Yes Steve's polynuc is a very sturdy little one. Unfortunately not suitable for us (as above). I shall look forward to using them or similar sometime in the future when we have more hives to requeen.
  15. Well our sample polynuc arrived today and any frames in it would be"dinky" so that's out for transferring brood. We have decided to go with 3 frame queen castles and as they grow we can transfer them into hive doctor nucs and then later on a FD brood box. How many? Don't have a number - we'll just have to see how the season goes. We'll be battling wasps again I suspect. :rolleyes:
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