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  1. Howdy Bazz. I recommend heading to the christchurch hobbyists beekeepers club (About our Club - Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers' Club). Wealth of knowledge there. Meetings first sat of every month, check out website listed for details.
  2. Thanks Rob. The other Queen was very similar in size. She had bees clinging to her.... Any idea what to do with this lone Queen? Possible to put her into a Queenless box?
  3. Good evening. Christchurch had a cracker weekend with swarms a plenty. Is it common for swarms to have a couple of Queens? I caught a swarm, capturing the Queen...bees moved into a box, then I noticed that there still was a group in the tree/sky heading back to the branch where the swarm originally was. So I got another box caught these, all was good. So, I had two seperate boxes, with two swarmed Queens? But after an hour or so the first captured group re-swarmed out of the box to my dismay. Fortunately, I watched them head into the other box. But, after things settled down, I noticed at the front of this box, a Queen wondering around, with little attention being paid to her. I picked her up put her in the original box, but no bees followed. Is this because she too small and weak?
  4. Great video and set up. Thanks for all the tips for extracting honey (uncapping and paint strainers!), who would have thought to use a capping scratcher (not I!). Classic number 8 wire mentality.
  5. An article about how bees are protecting some village gardens in Kenya. Honey Fences
  6. Plastic is piling up in ecosystems all over the world, not just oceans and lakes. Its harmful effects on wildlife have been widely documented, but a few animals — like bowerbirds and hermit crabs — are doing what they can to recycle it. And according to a new study, wild bees in Canada have joined the effort, using bits of plastic waste to build their nests. These tiny insects can't recycle nearly enough plastic to put a significant dent in the problem, but their resourceful use of polyurethane and polyethylene is still a rare, encouraging example of nature making the best of manmade plastic pollution. Wild bees are recycling plastic, study finds .
  7. Howdy. I was wondering if you can resurrect old hives (brood boxes and frames, lids, queen excluders the whole works (over 40 years))? What about wax is this possible too? If you water blasted sanded and repainted would this be acceptable or is it just too risky? Any comments greatly appreciated.
  8. Thanks Rob BP. I appreciate the suggestion.
  9. hi. are there any beeks out there that were around back in the days of the honey marketing authority? what was it like back then? why did this last for so long as sole exporter and marketer? 25 years seems a long time...did it work well?
  10. Interesting topic, apparently been stewing away for years: Honey maker warns of danger from infected imports | Stuff.co.nz. From my ignorant knowledge the key is having Manuka that is scientifically tested as being "active" this needs to be patented by us just as champagne etc etc...
  11. Gosh! I too am doing the course, yet to submit assignment 1, thanks for the heads up! I shall now revert to tail up...that's a lot of work!
  12. Any luck Grant? Thanks to the replies and suggestions of others on this thread.
  13. Hi. Are there any cheap second hand copies of The Hive and the Honey Bee gathering dust that could be sold? Just starting the Telford course and this tomb is recommended reading... @Grant has, in the past, posted that there was the possibility of a 10% discount at Linc Uni bookshop (if a member of nzbees), if this is still applicable then it maybe the cheapest option, but it is still quite an outlay. Any replies greatly appreciated.
  14. Hi. Similar question to Sandy (same set up with excluder (all full depth)), but I am slightly south...Also what do you think of the idea of moving the Queen excluder along with Queen to the bottom brood box?
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