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  1. Good idea, @dansar - I might put a post on our local Facebook page. Thanks!
  2. I have a Warré hive, @Trevor Gillbanks - hence the small looking frame. I will bribe my husband into getting a little closer to where the action is next time so I can have a better picture to show you!
  3. Here's a picture of the remaining brood, @tristan - there are some eggs and uncapped larvae in the cells. I have given the bees some sugar syrup over the weekend and have made a robbing screen, so will see how they go. Thanks for your suggestions, everyone.
  4. I'll try to take some pictures this afternoon, @tristan. The hive was actually doing really well prior to the MAQS treatment. I didn't do anything other to it than have a brief inspection, then pop the MAQS in. The hive was open for about 10 minutes, and the entrance was fully opened for seven days.
  5. So ... it's a long, woeful story, but I'll try to keep it succinct. About ten days ago, I treated my one and only bee colony for Varroa mites. I used Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS). Because ventilation is essential when using MAQS, I fully opened the bottom entrance and also propped it up to the minimum height of 1.3cm, as per the MAQS instructions. Then the robbing began ... I wasn't really sure what to do as I couldn't close the entrance down (due to the MAQS inside the hive), and I didn't have a robber screen available (lesson learned ... be more prepared). So, I threw a damp sheet o
  6. I had the same question a year ago, but nobody from Asure Quality would return my emails!
  7. Awesome, thanks @tudor - your reply has been really helpful. My hive is currently five boxes high - maybe I'll wait a couple more weeks also and then move a few frames around and harvest what I can so I can bring the hive height down a little. Thanks again.
  8. So ... I've just got a question for you regarding honey harvest ... I've been using One Size Boxes without a queen excluder and now I'm a bit confused as to what I am supposed to be doing in terms of harvesting the honey. I know I am a little late in doing so, but each time I have checked on the bees, the top boxes have been composed of both brood frames and honey frames, so I have been holding off. I was thinking that at this time of year, the brood nest would be starting to move down so I could harvest a complete box of honey, but the brood nest is still quite large. Should I wait a lit
  9. Sure is! The Warkworth Beekeepers Society is right on your doorstep! The next meeting is on Wednesday 1st February at the Warkworth Primary School hall. The doors open at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start - it's a great club and you are very welcome to come along!
  10. Awesome - thanks [USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] - you are a wealth of information!
  11. Hi [USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] - if you don't have a spare hive mat (and you're not particularly handy in the woodworking department!), do you think a piece of corflute cut to size with a hole in the middle (for internal robbing) would be a good temporary measure to use for this set-up? Thanks.
  12. Do your top bar hives have observation windows, @dansar?
  13. Hi @Suniti - welcome! Probably the closest club would be the Auckland Beekeepers Club at Unitec or Rodney Beekeepers Club in Helensville.
  14. Beautiful looking hive, @dansar! Where is the entrance on this hive - at the end?
  15. Well done, @MissEmmz - how did you get the swarm into the box?
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