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  1. ah yes, sorry, was just my poor attempt at some humour..
  2. just buy two of these trucks and then the second one can pull out the first one..
  3. not sure if it is mentioned elsewhere, but there is a beekeeping family on Country Calendar tonight at 7pm.
  4. ah I see. So a better way to feed them and not a better way to keep people out.. I got confused.
  5. what was the better way? Some avocado growers may be interested. Unrelated to that, & prior to Covid19, I always smile that on the road into Maramarua there are stern signs about PSA saying not to enter kiwifruit orchards, then there is a sign from the kiwfruit grower running public tours in his kiwifruit orchard!
  6. Yes, but in a top bar hive it is normal to feed at the back of the hive furtherest from entrance, it is still the same principle as you describe. I'm not a fan of mesh bottoms on top bar hives, in this case I would not give any further feed until/unless critical and I'd consider masking tape around trapdoor covering the mesh.
  7. I'm sure you are right I don't have the experience to know. We didn't get much in testing last year in Tauranga, but over the hill in Rotorua plants are every where you turn, so local environment is a big deal. I think everyone agrees altitude and temperature are important factors too. A warm spring can start them off early and a warm wet spring is probably 'dynamite' if it dries out later in summer. I don't want to raise climate change, but if we have a few years of warm weather it may be necessary to review the Dec 31st cut off date and also the Tutin latitude line. At the moment my volunteer focus is on club 5x composite tests and it is very useful to hear about other people's tests to help us steer a course when a group of 5 samples give an unexpected fail. We are continuing to map tutin tests, this is done anonymously and with markers moved to street intersections or nearby so that actual apiary sites are never marked. https://bopbee.weebly.com/tutin.html So you can see real tests and you can read the test results. They are not all <0.01 maybe everyone at home is cooking jam, baking bread and driving hungry bees nuts?
  8. so far as I know the @yesbut and @dansar are correct. It has to be said that every part of the bush is poisonous and a couple of mouthfuls will kill a 350kg cow regardless of latitude. Sheep apparently never make this accidental mistake. But the passion vinehopper only operates in the 'upper portion of SI and all NI sucking the sap just as it does on passion fruit vines and anything else it can get into. The poo's and wee's of the hopper are called dew and this builds up and does go mouldy. So the black stuff is surplus dew. Bees only collect vine hopper dew if there is no nectar around and this is happening in the dry areas where nectar producing plants are dehydrated and have nothing left to give. So, for the honey it takes a number of things to align before it can happen, (as we all know) but as I said, our club has been having some 5x composite fail tests among hobby bk's who don't sell. By eliminating the most risky sample and doing a retest we have been able to figure it out with all samples below 0.70 so far. But looks like a worse than normal year.
  9. Tutin Tests: Our club has had two fails on 5x composite tests this season. We are getting retesting done that shows so far the Tutin was there but not enough to be a fail for individual samples. But in comparison to previous years, it seems clear that this year is a Tutin year. Zero for urban Tauranga, Heaps for Rotorua-Tarawera, Looks like also heaps for Taupo/Turangi. Not sure further afield, but Matata has prior form when it comes to Tut. Do you agree or is it just some localised unlucky cases?
  10. Sorry if this has been posted before, it came from fb. I thought I'd just leave this here on the basis that Tristan will be along shortly.
  11. mmm, and it would be awkward if they send the wrong person to jail on basis of infallible dna evidence. On the other hand, as lay person it seems to have been an extremely reliable tool so far; anecdotally speaking.
  12. The cost is zero at this stage because there is a 14 day free trial. Longer term, the cost is USD 14 per month or USD 12 per month if you buy for a year. (USD 144). This is cheaper than the other paid software (zoom) but zoom has a free version if you only need 40 minutes. Wearing another hat (Seaside Bees) we pay more than twice that to hire council community centre room for our beginner beekeeping course each year. So, even paying USD 144 it is a significant saving and allows us use of this for anything we want, so the Bee Group, Sailing Club, Engineering work etc at no further cost . Thus 'free' to the beekeeping group. I'll bet there is probably a member in most clubs that already has goto-meeting for their work (or soon will do )
  13. March 29. The BoP Group had its first online meeting today. We used goto meeting software for phone tablet computer access. About 24 members attended. We went through a hive, looked at some new robbing guards and our first batch of mead ready to bottle. Then at end of meeting we switched on all the webcams and had a cup of tea and a chat. We finished on time and there was no lost time travelling
  14. I opened up apiweb and got out existing co-ordinates for my home apiary. I opened up google earth and put in those co-ordinates. I was pleasantly surprised!
  15. Ok, next time I need to add one I'll give that method a try too and see how it works out. I'll report back..
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