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Bron

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  1. We carry an epipen (it’s due for replacement) just in case. For our farmers or us. We will then carry both until I get the one after. My chemist also said to get a couple of antihistamines in ASAP as well. It’s cheap insurance for a better outcome. How would you feel if you could have, and something dire happened?
  2. @Maru Hoaniwe also use it (air freshener)when removing a swarm. Spray it on the place you’ve taken the swarm from to mask the Queen smells!
  3. @Alastairi remember my mate who had two allergic sons practicing on an orange in the early 90s. There’s more allergic to bee stings than you’d think. Pity I didn’t hear about the epipen project it I’d have been keen.
  4. I love nothing better than doing honey tastings. It’s great to watch & listen to people try different honeys like squash, citrus, rewarewa, we do kamahi, tawari & putaptaweta (sp?) I call it all the white flowers at Christmas time. We also have bush honey from different areas within the Gisborne region. They all taste different. If people haven’t ever had anything other than supermarket honey then they are blown away (there are still some out there.) I would love so see a local honey trail, just like a wine trail (or maybe combined? - there’s a thought have any of you wine producing
  5. Hi Craig, When bees leave the hive they void themselves over what ever is under them. Cars, washing etc. This can be avoided by hive placement away from these areas or by putting them where they fly away from areas that could cause concern.
  6. @dansar bees are interestingly structural!
  7. Omg! @nikki wattsthats gold! I have seen & taken all sorts of bee keeping photos over the years but that’s the winner.
  8. We are hanging in there too. This year! I’m writing a letter at the moment about things that have happened, not sure who I’m writing it to. It was kinda sparked by watching the Sunday programme on strong wool. I see parallel problems with them & us with the multi floral (non Manuka) out there pollinating our farmers clover. So if the Manuka price is down yet sales are up (or are they?) where’s the money going? It would be nice if everyone just stuck to their own jobs. Beekeepers look after the bees, packers pack the honey, marketers look after the market. When everyo
  9. We seem to have avoided a pollen dearth this year. The opposite seems to be happening! The willows and practically everything with a flower has hung on for what seemed to be ages as have the cabbage trees after starting early. We are grateful for the rain in the last couple of days as it’s been steady and will have filled the depleted dams that were emptying with the warmth and the wind. (Also nice to be home & catching up on the stuff that gets put off in the craziness that’s October.) The dry of last year certainly had a long term effect on grass growth & tree growth. Our farming
  10. I’m with Alastair, sometimes she’s gonna go regardless of your best intentions. ?
  11. @Boyeseejust a few quick questions. Is it a double brood? If not take two outside honey frames from box 1 and put as outside frames in 2 brood box then foundation. If it is a double brood then I suggest you take two frame of honey out of your brood box, shake & check for Queen then put in honey super. Replace with two foundation frames. (You can do this in both brood boxes if they are full with no laying space.) Have you seen eggs in your brood boxes anywhere? They could be needing to superceed your Queen. If there are no eggs then you may have a virgin Queen not yet laying
  12. Monday! This one went up at morning tea time on the track less travelled in tiger country. No deer were damaged as we were delayed by these.
  13. Himself is standing on a stack of two supers on the back of the trusty Navara! Great way to spend an hour & a half at the end of a long day! Not! We finally after a bit of shaking and sawing (pruning saw duct taped onto long stick) got most of them. We were having lunch when it went up. I was gonna do the hive straight after lunch bb! Score for swarm season 3/4. Considering the amount of tucker in the hives that’s not too bad. Feeling a bit jaded, but we survived another crazy October. Everything boxed up. Gonna paint the house now.
  14. That’s a good story! I’ve got another story and a picture somewhere of a seven box stack with steps made from boxes on the deck of the trusty Toyota trying to box a swarm up a Puketea tree.
  15. So we are out at Dale’s Queen rearing yard picking up some cells yesterday. Himself is putting top feeders on the poly hives, I’m chatting to our farmer as we’ve known her for decades. We take turns with the chats then at least half the work gets done. She was giving me a hard time about bee bothering ‘her bees’ & telling me that the kiwiFruit farmer had been out there (Gizzys a small place, they are both in garden club) the day before, she also thought ‘her’ bees were looking good. Community ownership! So niceties outa the way we crack on! Then I heard the hum pick up pace. Lo
  16. @WebKiwiNZ this is how it begins! Make or buy more gear now! You’ve developed an addiction and it can suddenly turn into a gear gobbling monster. We started with one, ended the season with 11. Trust me, I’ve been there?
  17. This is great. I hope that it will encourage other large beekeeping operations to do the same.
  18. Hey Phil, I’ve been watching your Queen journey this season. Good on you! We use a short length about 3-4 cm of garden irrigation pipe (left over from when I had time to garden cheap in a coil from the warehouse or Bunnings) when we put cells into queened hives. They have a bit of room & usually there a bit of wax to keep them secure or i mould some around to hold the pipe on. We don’t put protected cells in nucs.
  19. Welcome to the forum! The first post is always the hardest. Pollen comes in a multitude of different colours. Yes, leave your strips in for a full treatment. If your Queen is looking a bit tatty it was probably a superceedure cell. Two to four cells are not uncommon, (cups & cells everywhere - swarm more likely) choose to keep two of varying ages (one capped, one uncapped.) Make sure your Queen has plenty of room to lay, if your hive is starting to look cluttered add another brood box (if you only have one) or put a super on above an excluder so the hone
  20. Thanks so much for your stories @Nick Wallingford. I really enjoy reading them.
  21. Riley’s gonna grow into those gloves! She insisted that she have her “work boots” and her gloves on.
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