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tommy dave

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tommy dave last won the day on May 20 2020

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  1. Seems as though there's someone in Canterbury telling farmers they should pay him to check the hives they're paying a pollination fee for are up to scratch - not sure how he could legally go through someone else's hives, but it's on his website. Maybe he should add "check for blue dots" to the list From the website (content copied directly, including the typos etc): Beekeeping Services | DaDs Bees WWW.DADSBEES.CO.NZ Pollination Hive Auditing worried that your pollination hives are not preforming? I can offe
  2. There are two recently arrived hives in a paddock across the road from my favourite apiary. A week ago they had been knocked over by stock, and sorted by a guy working on that farm who didn't have the beekeeper's contact number (or a beesuit) - he checked in to see if they were mine after he'd stacked them back up. Today a stack of empties in my apiary had new bees in it, spotted a nicely marked queen. Made me think, yet again, that I should mark my queens. Guess extra bees is an upside of nearby hives. Downside is that someone who has two hives, and one of them swarming this time
  3. This video might be of interest? It's the short doco on the afb sniffer dog https://vimeo.com/190422712
  4. Agree. My read = bad luck settlers, and not much sympathy to them
  5. Are they 3/4 or full depth boxes? Regardless, I'd do the following: 1 - Leave the strips in 2 - Add another box of the same size, no queen excluder 3 - Move a couple of in use frames to this new box
  6. Irony? I have some hives at the end of a dead end road, only three landowners within several km. Farm manager of the land across the road (great guy) advised that some hives recently installed on land he manages have been knocked over by stock. He got in touch in case they were mine, landowner didn't give him the details. I'll go check tomorrow I guess, sort them if needed, maybe even track down the owner and let them know
  7. useless pic for @jamesc taken today, should give the general idea. Getting close to my height limit for working safely. Ten undrawn full depth frames in the stack, and another about half a box of frames not yet filling up. A lot of nectar and capped honey on board. Pohutukawa has kicked off. Will be taking honey off it rather than going any higher...
  8. what was the rationale behind burning the old frames?
  9. sounding good! 40kg sounds fairly heavy, i've had some pretty full boxes that made my body protest a bit, but hope not to encounter anything that weights that much!
  10. same general situation as the background hive in this pic, but full depth rather than 3/4. And painted boxes. I'll try and enlist a photographer for the community garden stack situation next time i go through them.
  11. yesterday a near neighbour came around and we made him up a six frame nuc - he got the queen, a few frames of capped brood, a couple of frames full of nectar just starting to be capped, and a pollen/honey frame. My garden hive will sort itself out a new queen soon enough. Then carried it over to his place, and went through the hive he already had. That hive was in a bit of trouble in October as he hadn't treated varroa, chucked in some bayvarol and then a fortnighly capped brood frame booster - thriving now. Today, went through a couple of community garden hives. Seems something happened
  12. no difference in managing dwv/varroa in a topbar hive or a langstroth hive. It's nothing to do with the queen. Agree with previous replies = find out what the varroa load is now. If not already sorted, then get the varroa under control, and keep it under control. Some people manage varroa successfully with oxalic vapour treatments only, some don't.
  13. firstly, respect for your intent, a lot! secondly, i've been involved in extracting and jarring up a bit of honey for donation to a foodbank. Dropping it off felt all kinds of amazing. thirdly, there might be an option in wellington. Common unity project based in epuni do some honey sales, i've had some involvement with them. I'll follow up with them and reply here, but it won't be until next week - sorry, life etc. Alternatively, you could touch base with them directly yourself - tell them dave h suggested it if you want, in which case any awkwardness would fall on me. Flick me a me
  14. my read is that might be one reason, but plenty more. Don't think Denis did poorly finding some incompetent types at TRONT to sell a story too. As for those who bought the story - probably in blood.line jobs for life and will never be held to account
  15. Yes. Avoid it if it doesn't have a honey gate. One afternoon/evening I put six boxes through a manual two frame plastic extractor I got from Catlins honey. It's still the extractor I use. Bit inefficient, but suits my purposes for now. Comes down to volume of honey you expect to extract, access to willing helpers, process, and how much time you have. I'm debating a bigger electric extractor, but can't really justify it to myself for about half a tonne of honey per year
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