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Jose Thayil

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  1. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/122539855/comvita-makes-90-staff-redundant-posts-97-million-fullyear-loss just saw this on the news
  2. Bees foraging at night https://jeb.biologists.org/content/212/15/2448 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347285800099
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/maize-crop-chemicals-blamed-for-mass-north-island-bee-deaths/ar-BBYqKzi?li=BBqdg4K
  4. @john berry how are the carniolans you got from daykel doing? What are your observations on those?
  5. How the bees look of my pure carniolan queen open mated in Hamilton area. You will see that the ones with Italian dad’s are not that yellow as a pure Italian.
  6. Well the daughter queens were also open mated for a few generations now and most have some Italian in them but generally are about 70 % dark bees and30 % lighter bees. Good calm bees still and works well for me.
  7. No. Open mated in a closed breeding area.
  8. This is one of the pure Carniolans I had before.
  9. Doesnt look like all those bees are of that queen though. Those yellow bees are supposed to look more darker even if she had mated with italian drones. The queen looks pure Carniolan and the first cross between a Carniolan queen with Italian drones look a lot darker than normal italians but not as dark as pure Carniolans. Maybe it is a queen which has been bought and introduced into a hive and it has swarmed for what ever reason before all the bees have changed into the new queens offsprings.
  10. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/117592939/honey-prices-slump-as-trendy-beekeeping-boom-floods-the-market
  11. Give it to friends and family and made honey mead. A lot is left on the hive now a days as winter feed. A hive building up on its in stores do a lot better than one which builds up of sugar feeding in my experience. Sometimes a lot of extracted honey just goes to waste by just sitting there and crystallising and gets cleaned out for new stock to come in. I used to sell a little bit early on when I was close to 50 hives though. Now the hive numbers have reduced a lot and I am happy to just keep bees.
  12. I am happy to say I have averaged more than 20 kg per hive every year since I have kept bees in NZ. There were a few bad years and surely the average has dropped a lot than what I used to get. I have always been a hobbyist but have worked for commercial operations. Being a hobbyist I am able to keep a record of mostly everything from all the hives I have. The highest I get from a hive was 176kgs. This was in 2007 or 2008 and the hive had a Carniolan Queen which was bought from daykel apiaries at the time. I have had other hives in the 140 to 160 range a few times but recently it has dropped be
  13. Swarming in Hamilton area is in full swing. Almost half of my hives were trying to swarm and all had plenty of room and lots of bees. Have cut out all the cells and keeping an eye on them. Have been catching a few swarms also and some I had to let go of due to other commitments at the time. Definitely more swarming this year than the previous years.
  14. One for the day. Good Size Swarm. Filled a 10 frame box easily. Will add another box tomorrow.
  15. We have most of the bee viruses that we know of present in nz. There are some bee pests which we don’t have. But all those risks can be eliminated with today’s technology that we have. But I guess we will have people who think the risk is too great at this stage. Maybe when we get to a stage where varroa or something else becomes too big a problem where our best treatment and bees are not able to withstand, that may be the time we are forced to look outside nz for better genetics which can cope with those issues. Personally I like both the Italians and Carniolans that we have in nz,
  16. We can nail the mites but will need genetics from outside nz to do that. Maybe when no treatment work anymore, we might start looking at it again.
  17. Had a football size swarm land on a tall fern at home yesterday. Stayed for about 2 hours and left to the opposite direction from where they came from. May have been a rest stop on the way to a new home.
  18. Something on the news. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hawkes-bay-honey-producer-installs-250-solar-panels-in-bid-help-environment?utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=Post%3A+"the+solar+panels+are+the+equivalent+of+planting..."&utm_source=facebook&hsa_grp=6130810495736&hsa_net=facebook&hsa_ad=6130810496736&hsa_cam=6130810493936&hsa_src=fb&hsa_ver=3&hsa_acc=10152756314334928
  19. Bees foraging together in Kerala, India.
  20. https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/387366/manuka-honey-producer-pleads-guilty-to-adulterating-product-for-gain
  21. Most of my bees are dark grey to very black colour. Some have a little bit of dark orangish colour. Queens are mostly black and some have a little bit of copper/ yellow tint to them. They have a lot of Carniolan and dark Italian in them. They have worked well for me. I graft most of my queens and once in a while try a few queens from different breeders out of curiosity to see how they perform and if they do well then get a few grafts from them.
  22. Massive blaze destroys shed at Bees' Inn honey manufacturing plant in Ohaupo, Waikato https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/honey-factory-destroyed-by-fire/ar-BBVAhix?li=BBqdg4K
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