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Jerry last won the day on November 22 2012

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  1. thank you all for the help - great place to come this forum if you are in despair! checked hive today and found small spattering of 2-3 day old eggs, a plump calm looking queen, and no queen cells in sight... ! i think we're a.o.k! as per varroa problem i used bayvarol. Now in theory with some broodless time and medication killing mites on bees i should be relatively mite free for a time phew! stress over .. for now thanks all, Jerry
  2. generally the internet in its self the above is a good recommendation. can i ask you to expand seeing as i've never raised a queen before? 1// judging from my photos at last inspection, how long would you recommend i wait before having the next nosey? 2// i have read this: http://www.wbka.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/There-Are-Queen-Cells-In-My-Hive-WBKA-WAG.pdf and page 16 (step7) looks to be close to where i am at. thoughts on the 'remedial action' to take? 3// mites are still an issue obviously - would apilifevar be too smelly for when trying to raise a quee
  3. that was what i was after - thanks @Dave Black ! so i guess i will check the hive in a week and see what is happening? or is that too soon? I am inundated with conflicting information which makes this experience all the more "fun" hey there and thanks @2bornot2b ! The post is really a call for help - so i'm still hoping there are more replies incoming. To catch the swarm, one of us held a box underneath, while the other sweeped them in. There were a few stragglers but they made their own way to the box 10 or so minutes after
  4. hmmmmm, another question: should i just merge the hive & split, smoosh the queen cells i find, and call it a day? kinda obvious solution perhaps...
  5. hey all! I'm looking for some advice on what to do next. Currently trying to make a new queen but being new to this i have a lot of questions. i have documented each step i have taken and usually took photos. Happy to provide more info if required! beehive consists of 2 brood boxes and 2 honey supers (four boxes all up) with a queen excluder between. Order of events: 12-10-2014 inspection Found a bunch of queen cells, two of which were capped. Queen sighted and many eggs. Thought a swarm was imminent so made a split by shifting Queen and 5 frames to a nuc. replac
  6. thanks for the replies! this larvae dropped not long (5 days?) after i added a new honey super, so i thought my storage decisions might've been bad - although a full inspection today showed us the issue was in the brood chambers only - I'm hoping its gone from now! re. "bees have too much space" - the hive is well over-populated right now and attempting to swarm but we have had a few cold nights in past weeks so possible the bees huddled and left entrance unguarded? I'll attach a couple of photos soon of what I think is the waxmoth larvae damage. Keen to hear thoughts on this si
  7. hey all, been a long time! keeping track of a varroa infestation when I notice a slug like larvae in the tray. some further investigation and I find its a wax moth larvae I believe. I'm still researching (and trying to find practical beekeepers book in a box somewhere) but after any tips n tricks from the experienced if possible! happy to supply more info also! cheers! Jerry
  8. I work with Chad... Well kinda... in different buildings... And different suburbs... But still a claim to fame! .. Maybe Good dude he is
  9. hey there tom - i was using 65% formic acid. at this point in time I'm leaning towards adding back the bayvarol strips this weekend to nip it in the bud and give me peace of mind. i have some apilife-var wafers also, but it looks like they are temperature dependent too so might be similar issues as formic? will double check instructions when I get home but info off the web tells me: "Ideal temperature of use: 20°C - 25°C (68°F - 77°F). Insufficient efficacy can be expected if the average outside temperature is lower than 15°C." (http://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/graphic
  10. heya and thanks for the reply! without looking at my diary (at work at the mo) i think i was sitting on about 6~ mites/day (and peaking at 12 mites/day) when using 35ml of formic acid once a week for 3 weeks (sitting at the top of the brood chambers soaked in to papertowel). as this number didn't start coming down during the 3 weeks of medicating I thought I would get an accurate reading from bayvarol 24 hour testing to see how hive was doing i believe the temperamental wellington weather may have had something to do with the mixed numbers when using formic acid... hope th
  11. Hi all! I've been doing a Formic acid treatment the last 3 weeks and mite drop didn't dwindle, so as a more accurate test I did 4x bayvarol strips for 24hrs and checked the mite drop, 60 mites Checking Control of Varroa it says 20-200 is the threshold... That's quite a broad range. Can anyone comment if 60 mites is a bad count for a 2 brood box hive? Can provide more info needed. Cheers! Jerry ps. this post was in another thread but i didn't get any hits.. so have shifted it here
  12. Managed to see the full thing now and it's quite good if a little sad! Now that I have a taste for bee doco's can anyone recommend others? Very keen! Cheers J
  13. anyone know if these are sold in nz? I'm a one-stop-shop kinda guy so this floats my boat: http://www.draperbee.com/beesupplies/SectionComb.pdf
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