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  1. As per title. No idea what it's about. Edit to add: Hm, just saw the line up of what's on Seven Sharp, no mention of bees...?
  2. Thanks Kiwifruiter. I always wonder about how much honey to leave behind instead of extraction, but I'd rather there's plenty of honey stores for the bees than for myself, instead of having to artificially feed them at a later time. I forgot to say that I took out two honey frames from the second box and replaced them with empty drawn combs, hopefully to give the queen more breeding space, if that needs to happen.
  3. Checked my backyard hive today, for the first time since March. Second brood box was full of honey (winter stores) but they seem untouched - this happened last year, too. Throughout winter, I had observed bees bringing in pollen daily. The first (bottom) box had about 4-5 frames of brood, looks okay. Was pleased to see the queen, as I hardly ever see her - she's sometimes hard to find. Did a sugar shake test - twice - no mites found, but the bee numbers in each sample was about 100. (It's hard to keep the bees in the container between frame shaking; I'm thinking of getting a small foot controlled lid bin!). Despite that, I put in Apivar strips. I hope that is okay, despite no confirmed mites, even tho they may appear later. There were drones, but I didn't see any drone cells.
  4. Media blurb on the arrests: "Two men have been arrested after being caught with 65 stolen beehives, prompting a call for public vigilance. Whanganui police said the beehives had been taken from a property in Kai Iwi." Continues here: Two arrested after being caught with 65 stolen bee hives - National - NZ Herald News
  5. "A group of students led by a budding Kiwi entrepreneur has come up with a sky-high proposal to take the sting out of homelessness. Their idea is to fill bare building rooftops with beehives and employ people with no home to harvest honey. These skills could then set them up for a life in the workforce and a roof over their heads." Continues here: Sweet plan to help homeless - Business - NZ Herald News
  6. The listing's now closed (at 7.50pm) I didn't see the original closing date/time, or was this listing suddenly closed?
  7. The seller says he/she is a manager of a honey company. Why not mention (or trade under) the company's name?
  8. Another reason why foreigners are hired for seasonal work is that they don't get paid Kiwisaver.
  9. I have a friend who has a small property near Kumara (West Coast) - he doesn't live there. He's keen for a hive or two to be placed on the property, in exchange for a jar or two of honey. The property is right next to SH 73, and also next to native bush (DOC land). Is there anyone that might be interested in putting hives there? Thanks.
  10. A brief update: the spraying was done last week. The spraying contractor has sprayed near hives before so what he does is spray in the evening, just before it gets dark. I haven't checked the hives yet, will do that next week.
  11. I've sent the paper an email asking to confirm whether it was in fact bees who stung the man.
  12. Thanks for your replies. Looks like I'll leave the hives. And ensure the contractor doesn't spray when there's wind - I guess they don't do that, anyway.
  13. I have a few hives out in the country side. The property owner wants to spray Roundup in the paddock next to the hives (nearest distance about 4-5m away, to the fence. Is this safe for the bees or should I shift the hives? Or maybe block the hive entrance while the spraying is going on? (Might be a bit tricky with the hot days we're having.) I don't know if it's spot spraying, or the entire paddock (about 1ha) is being sprayed. Thanks.
  14. Thanks for your comments. I acknowledge there's a risk of losing both queens, and risk of AFB. Not really keen on establishing another hive, partly due to the lack of more hiveware.
  15. No, I took out the excluder, and used paper between the two swarms. I guess the queens will slug it out. If you think it is wrong, let me know. However, I don't beleive the five frame swarm is strong enough to survive winter on its own.
  16. Caught a small swarm yesterday. It was at a play centre, next to a primary school. The swarm was up tree, perhaps 5-6m high. There were branches underneath it so I used ropes to pull them apart to drop the swarm down. I waited till after school when children and parents had gone. I used another rope to yank down the branch. Unfortunately the queen held on - bees would just fly back to her. I remembered I had a lopper/saw with an extension, so I asked permission to cut the branch. Went back home for the lopper - changed to a cutting blade. Cut the branch which fell down to the box, but somehow the swarm rubbed on other branches and swarmed on a new branch. Had to cut that branch and eventually got the swarm plus queen in the box. It was about five frames worth, so I merged that with the swarm I caught last year. What would other beeks do with such a small swarm? Being late in the season, is it worth catching small swarms?
  17. I thought you had to specify your status when registering your hives with Asure Quality?
  18. If that happens, would that apply to hobbyists (or non commercial beekeepers) as well?
  19. Too many bees are exploiting Far North manuka so yields and quality are adversely affected and large companies are behaving unethically, beekeepers say. The gold rush for unique manuka factor (UMF) honey sources has brought about turf disputes, threats, assaults and even hive fires and box destruction, they said. Guidelines for hive placements agreed on by 80 or so representatives of big and small companies less than 18 months ago were often flagrantly ignored this season. The number one complaint was that outsiders loaded the boundaries of locally owned and operated manuka forests, effectively poaching UMF nectar during the short season. Article from "The Farmers Weekly" 1st Feb 2016. Farmers Weekly | Greed, threats mar honey hunt
  20. Good to see another product on the market to deal with wasps. I understand another method is to place the powder in a container with some meat, and have holes for the wasps to enter and exit. But, loaded with the meat (and powder) do the wasps then fly directly to their own nest? Is there any risk the wasp might attempt to fly into a beehive and infect it with the poison?
  21. My neighbour's children are allergic to bees (so I'm told) but they only stay with him most weekends and occasionally one night during the week. I avoid opening up the hive during the days when the children are there. The neighbour has been stung a few times, so I send him a text when I'm about to open up the hive. I also try to open the hive during the working week when the neighbours are at work. However, as I have a new queen, I've noticed the bees are not as aggressive as before.
  22. Try using deodrant over the itchy area. I do this to deal with bites from mosquito and sandflies. Probably best not to have any deodrant on while doing hive work, I have no idea whether bees react to the perfume.
  23. Thanks Trevor. Yes I understand the strips are meant to go in Autumn, but I also understand that a recent swarm should also have strips. Just surprised to learn that they should go in for just 48 hours. Cheers.
  24. What do you do with the strips after 48 hours use? discard or reuse for the autumn? I have a hive of a swarm, but I don't think it will produce any surplus honey (wil check next week), so I intend to put in the strips and leave it there till autumn. Is that okay?
  25. Thanks. That's not too far from where I am. Hopefully you will report the guy. (There's already four, possibly five, apairies near me so we would all be concerned about an unregistered hive and the potential for AFB to exist.)
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