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kevin moore

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  1. I like the idea of powdered honey, easy to use, easy to transport, easy to package, But the cost to powder could be quite high it would need to be cheap enough to sit on the supermarket shelf beside the sugars.
  2. to sell you will also need to have it tutin tested and passed,
  3. I have a hive like this, it has lost a lot of bees this season, last year it had the same problem and seemed to came right by its self, all autumn and winter it was good, but soon as spring build up started it was back again, I had three hives last year with this the other are all good,
  4. Had this happen many years ago when I caught my first swarm, what happed was I had no box etc to put swarm in, so took shirt off and tied the ends then dropped all the bees into shirt, was not a lot of room, any way the only place I had to put the bees was on the back of my wee truck, this was a hot day and black deck, any way when I got home there was this big mess of honey pouring out of the shirt, on driving home which was about 3/4 of an hours drive the bees had been swishing or rolling from one side of the truck to the other so there was quite a mess all over the deck, tipped the bees and there honey into a f/d box - by this stage the swarm was just a big ball of honey and bees, a lot did die but the swarm survived and the queen, and that swarm is what got me started into bee keeping
  5. do you have to use GL, can we not use some thing like light olive oil or liquid paraffin oil for the carrier ?
  6. yer got my first on Wednesday 4/10/17 last week, a bout the size of half a 10 litre bucket, it was a real sod a split swarm one half caught ok the other took off and came back latter as things got colder, no queen with this half, got two other calls but these were hives with bees just enjoying getting out of the hive.
  7. a lot of our hive visits we time to make when people are not home, mainly for the fact it takes to long and they all want to talk, the swarming is a biggey with in town hives and hives at schools people seem to get very upset when they see a swarm coming at them,, and so yes i agree as some one said on here the best control is to take a couple of frames each visit, this is also where you catch up on a little money making, we dont hand out buckets of honey, they get a pot every 2nd visit, used to give out bucket fulls but alot of people didnt know what to do with alot of honey once it cystallized, we don't deal with any ticket clippers
  8. yes we are still running a " hire a hive" just around the Blenheim area, we don't charge a lot to people wanting a hive, it is more of a service, they get a little honey though out the year and a bit of pollination, but i think the biggest plus is they talk to there friends about having a bee hive and how wonder full it is to go out and watch there hive, as well as doing there bit to save the bees, the down side to hive rental is the cost of running around for servicing only one to two hives in one spot
  9. any drones flapping around here, it would be like duck shooting all over again.
  10. same here $15.17 and $20.00 have been able to open both lots sent to me,
  11. I got 2 x 5 kg bags at countdown about three/four weeks ago for $5.90 each, went back for more, but all gone,
  12. now that is a cute wee truck, is it for sale ? the Treka I remember those, looked a bit like a kerosene can on wheels
  13. I would be very surprised if the fee is less than $40.00 by the time they have a person typing on keyboard, filling out bits of paper, driving around the town burning up gas, and then going back to the office and spending another hour pissing around doing menial stuff, all for some thing that really don't need to be done, john I will catch up with you shortly,
  14. kevin moore

    Dead Bees

    interesting, when you come up with an answer let me know, I have had three hives do this this season. lots of stores, brood etc, all three hives once they got over this hic-cup boomed and did really well, hives both sides of these hives gave no trouble.
  15. hi Tammyw if you need some one in the Blenheim - Marlborough area for the year I would like to help.
  16. spread sheets, folder for each site, sheet for each hive, record Q, eggs, capped, condition of hive, honey off, number of fames removed, boxes on, boxes off, strips in, every thing is recorded, all boxes are numbered. the only thing we don't record is the age of the queen, which we really should get on to one day,
  17. I had bees feeding on figs, that makes a nice honey, if you like figs,
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