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  1. Tomorrow night (tues) on TV2 7.35pm, Junior MasterChef Australia features bees and honey. Thought some of you might be interested, no worries if not.
  2. Thanks for your replies. Good point Trevor, I will have a look to see if it used to have a ball bearing. Perhaps I could just drop in a new one? Thanks ChrisM, that is an option we could do faillng the ball bearing replacement. Thanks Sailabee, I'll find out these stronger types of plastic.
  3. Our bee club's aging manual four frame extractor is in need of repairs. In particular, the cup pivot at the bottom of the extractor that holds the spindle that holds the basket for honey frames is worn out (no photo, sorry, but I hope you know what I'm talking about). We are considering putting in a nylon pivot, that has a ball bearing at the base - pic as below. The spindle sits on top of the ball bearing. Has anyone installed this nylon pivot in their extractor and did it work? Reason for asking is that the existing pivot has to be cut out and this is irreversib
  4. I just did a search on "mated queens" on TM and found this. https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/search?search_string=mated queens&user_region=100&bof=CZm4m2WK Good luck.
  5. 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.
  6. Do long, hot, dry summers lead to an increase in varroa mite numbers come late summer time?
  7. I found an interesting frame today...
  8. 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.)
  9. @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?
  10. 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.
  11. Great, thanks @Trevor Gillbanks Sorry I haven't seen the second vid.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. @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
  17. @john berry , do the ants look like these https://www.google.com/search?q=argentine+ants+nz&sxsrf=ACYBGNRVb-3xysyUsDebeXgRfi2Drmpbiw:1575793050192&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwii1fvHzqXmAhVFWysKHbI7BbEQ_AUoAXoECBIQAw&biw=1366&bih=657 Another way of identifying if they're Argentiine ants is put your hand touching the frames - if the ants immediately crawl over your hands, then they're likely to be Argentine ants. (Be sure to wipe them off before going to another place.) Our club hives have been infested with these ants. We've installed
  18. @Wildflower , I understand staff from MPI are holding presentations at bee clubs around NZ that may be of help. They are holding an event here in Blenheim this sunday - see here https://www.nzbees.net/calendar/event/90-presentation-by-mpi/ Perhaps you could ask MPI if they plan to visit a bee club near you to hold such a presentation?
  19. @TaiTapHoney go to this link where it has the names of people who can do AFB checks in your area. https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-2019-Inspector-List-for-COI-3.pdf
  20. @Trevor Gillbanks If one doesn't use undrawn frames for housing swarms, how long does it take for AFB to establish and/or symptoms are able to be detected?
  21. If you haven't had a response, have a look at this list and make contact with someone near you who can help. https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Inspector-List-for-COI-edited-final-3.pdf
  22. I don't know if anyone has seen this or aware of the latest research, but this article is about breeding bees to resist varroa mites. It also suggests doing nothing and let natural selection take place - eliminate bees that can't resist mites. The article also mentions the continuing search for genes that are resistant to mites. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/breeders-toughen-bees-resist-deadly-mites
  23. Found this old thread on Tanalith E, now closed: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/4224-tunnicliffes-tan-e-boxes/?tab=comments#comment-64325 Is there an update, whether the use of Tanalith E is safe to use in hive boxes? Thanks.
  24. Hi @kevin moore, no, not making foundation but I have thought about it - especially since I thought wax prices were going up (still?). Someone here a few years ago was making foundation and was going to offer them for sale - I will have to do a search for that thread. But here's the link the of the mould making process I think the forum member was using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j35YXwcP2E It seems since then, there are new Youtubes on making foundation. Thanks to this thread, I'm now re-looking into this issue. Found the
  25. @Mummzie, I am sure you can purify your wax as much as possible to be of a commercial standard. The trick is to melt the wax 3-4 times, and scraping off the gunk (when the wax is cold) from the bottom of the wax each time. Initially, for the first two steps (or three, if you like), the wax is melted in water (use boiling water from the jug to speed up the melting). Strain the molten wax through a wire mesh with approx 1mm square holes (heat the mesh prior to pouring), and for the latter stages I do the double boiler method, and again, I scrape off the gunk from the bott
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