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  1. Yesterday I got a text saying there was a swarm, could I catch it? I thought that was a bit early, but a photo was provided so it wasn't anything else. This was an easy swarm - it was at ground level. Shook the main bulk off a branch, and scooped up the rest from the ground. Took the swarm out to the country side to join my one other hive - fortunately I had a couple of boxes of undrawn frames.
  2. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be holding a workshop on "Preparing for the new season" at the club's hives at the Community Gardens, at the end of Ballinger Drive, off Budge Street, Blenheim, at 2pm, 30 August 2020. This workshop will cover most aspects of getting the hives ready for spring and summer, including checking the condition of the hives and honey stores, applying varroa mite treatment, and preventing swarms. If the weather is warm enough, the hives will be opened up for a look and varroa mite treatment applied. All welcome. Please bring your beesuit if you hav
  3. Do long, hot, dry summers lead to an increase in varroa mite numbers come late summer time?
  4. I found an interesting frame today...
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    The Marlborough Beekeepers Association is holding a workshop on "Hive manipulation". This will be held on Sunday 26th July 2pm in the lecture theatre at the Marlborough Research Centre, Budge Street. There will be no live bees. Topics include feeding, hive expansion, and frame manipulation. More information can be found on our Facebook page. All welcome.
  6. It's to keep the meat cool. Especially pigs, as they go off quickly in warm conditions. However, I agree that bull bars aren't a suitable place to put carcasses on, in terms of public display. (I hunt after deer, but haven't been out for some time. I would never display carcasses on the outside of my car like that.)
  7. @john berry Perhaps you could send a sample of the beeswax to a lab (and I don't know who) for testing as to what's in the wax?
  8. Here's what I've done, to evenly space out nine frames, using a batten. Initially I was going to do this every time i worked on the hive, but realised it was easier to mark out the spaces on the edge of the box with a marking pen.
  9. Great, thanks @Trevor Gillbanks Sorry I haven't seen the second vid.
  10. Hi @Trevor Gillbanks I enjoy watching your vids but I missed this one. Nice one. However, a suggestion if I may - have you thought of putting the wax cappings into a muslin bag before putting it into the melter? That way you don't have to scoop out the dross, and there'd be less dross that's in the bucket. Prior to removing the bag you can hang it up part way in the melter to drain off any wax from the bag.
  11. Thanks Yesbut, it worked. Here's a couple of pics. Thanks @CHCHPaul and @ChrisM, have advised the new owner. I have heard about swarms occuring during January just past, and I was surprised to see swarm cells in my hives as well. I think perhaps summer arrived late.
  12. Last evening I was surprised to get a text to say there's a swarm in a tree in a reserve/playground. It was a few minutes drive away so went for a look. It was a small swarm, about 3-4 frames worth. Being a small swarm I didn't bother putting on the beesuit. I shook them into a container and gave it to a hobby beek. What I didn't expect was an audience, including children. I gave them a bit of a talk about bees and swarms etc, so that was good. I guess because I wasn't wearing a suit that gave them the confidence to walk up close to the container for a close look at the bees - I ma
  13. A friend sent me this link: “The world’s honey bees are facing an unprecedented crisis. Since the 1940s, the number of honey bee hives in the United States has dropped from 6 million to 2.5 million. A combination of colony-killing mites, viral pathogens, and possibly pesticides is largely to blame. Now, researchers are tapping an unusual ally in the fight to bring the bees back: a bacterium that lives solely in their guts. By genetically modifying the bacterium to trick the mite or a virus to destroy some of its own DNA, scientists have improved bee survival in the lab—and killed m
  14. @yesbut Perhaps you could put in a (second, perhaps) excluder placed between two sets of two brood boxes, with the Q in each. Then monitor their laying, and see which performs best. But, that said, who knows whether your selected Q will continue to perform well, as well as how long she will live for? I have no idea how Q's will perform when they live close to each other - perhaps put a honey box or two between the two sets of brood boxes? Perhaps someone might know. Perhaps put your unselected Q in a nuc as a back up should the selected Q fail after a few we
  15. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be hosting a workshop on Sunday 19th January, at the Community Gardens, 85 Budge St Blenheim, at 2pm.We will have a look at the club hives, catch up on what people have been seeing with bees this season, discuss requeening, hive placement, and hive management during peak honey flow. Other topics include queenless hives, late swarms and discussion on any other issues or problems you may have. All welcome. Bring along your beesuit and a plate to share for afternoon tea. (We have a few veils available for anyone who don't own a beesuit.)
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