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ChrisM last won the day on July 20 2017

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    Tauranga
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    Seaside Bees
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    Hobby Beekeeper
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  1. Hi, this photo I got off the internet several years ago sorry I don't know the source. I've never done anything like this, but I always thought for parks, pedestrian walkways and so on, that the idea had merit. It might also act as a robbing screen of sorts. In the longer run when grapes are gone and they are back to regular flight paths, once they get out of this thing they will still fly in the direction they want, so if the neighbours deck is any distance away the flight path will be exactly the same. But if the deck is adjacent this could give some relief if it moves the flight path higher up.
  2. that bunch of 5 specimens has gone for testing last week. Right now I have one specimen here plus 3 more slots booked, again leaving one final slot empty/available at the present.
  3. I agree completely and not something to do for the sake of it. But I'm not suggesting a get rich quick scheme. If you look at the actual cost of a 3/4 box, new base, lid, hive mat it isn't that high. So the actual price you need to sell at to do better than chopping 1000 brood frames isn't massive. Selling good hives at a modest price actually helps put some of those trademe people out of business. It could help a beekeeper that you already know if it was below his cost and there are plenty of people struggling who might appreciate help for one reason or another.
  4. 1000 frames is one hundred boxes. This could be 50 doubles? Next Spring you could split these into 100 hives each set up with an FD brood box at the bottom and a new 3/4 brood box above. When fully populated, you could put all the 3/4 boxes together and all the FD boxes together. Then you could sell all the FD hives; each as a going concern. This would transition all your brood onto new 3/4 virgin comb, new bases and new lids. You wouldn't make much honey if all their energy was going into making bees and/or wax. But since honey is now worthless it might be a way to do the transition that involves less work and that the work involved might pay for itself.
  5. We have one slot remaining and four confirmed for next 5x composite tutin test. $20. Suitable for low Tutin risk confirmation. The extractors are both in use this weekend but there are now no forwards bookings, so most people seem to be all finished now. However if any members need use of a small manual extractor they're currently available from Apr 12th. $20. contact information for testing and extractors is on the group's BopBee website.
  6. Monthly meeting for March was held at Barry Kneebone's place in Katikati. It was a pretty wet day that reduced turnout to about 30 people. We had a bit of a chin wag in the shed. Looked at various feeders and bases and their merits or otherwise. Arataki propolis mats were viewed and discussed. We looked at Barry's home made entrance reducers and so on. Various questions came up so quite a lot of good background knowledge was shared. We spent a bit of time on harvesting, discussing blowers, brushes, bee-gone fume boards and more. Nobody was complaining about the rain, it was nice to have some. However, eventually the rain eased off so we went to have a look at a couple of Barry's hives that he duly took apart and put back together. Then it was off to the house for a cup of tea/coffee and the shared plates brought along by all. Sorry never thought to take a photo.
  7. there is a photo doing the rounds on facebook showing what I think you are talking about covering a massive area, not sure if it is discussed in another thread.
  8. Grappa con Miele. I have made this for my own consumption after I was brought a bottle from overseas that I copied. Seriously yummy. I've never seen it for sale in NZ. Completely different thing to mead. But for sure there are lots of innovative products out there. Doubtless the costs of setup are high, still I think it is the kind of thing that NZ should be doing regardless of honey demand and supply. It is no different to Calvados in Normandy and so on. Grappa con Miele In case you are wondering: essentially you take alcohol from a still (Grappa) and dilute this with honey (Miele) to about 40% alcohol content in a bain marie. Grappa is I think often made from the skins left behind after the winemaker has finished with them. But there are various forms of alcohol made on a large scale from dairy waste products (vodka) to grain alcohol. No reason not make alcohol using sugar, but a high value and special product might come from using honey for the alcohol as well as honey for the sweetner... Grappa on its own is pretty strong stuff and is best poured on ice cream. Grappa has a very limited market. But Grappa con Miele is more in the line of a sweet liqueur and has wider appeal. In a similar way to Chinese Gooseberries, it will need a new name...
  9. Is it possible to explain why Assurequality would be be the entity that says yes or no on such a matter? Do they have a budget for spending time on any question that anyone might put to them? Who pays for that? Is this a matter were MPI on behalf of government ministers make/interpret the law, but similar to the NAFBPMP it is/was subcontracted out to AQ to make it happen? I'm not being critical or anything, I just don't understand how the system works. Is it because all the AP1 are full time employees of AQ, so there is nobody else outside of AQ left to ask? It does seem there many threads on the forum where some action or other is in a grey area; not specifically approved and not specifically prohibited.
  10. The group's second extractor is a manual four frame that joins the three frame unit that has been in service for two seasons now. At the current time both units are booked and in use with members, but they appear to be the last bookings of the year with demand now tailed off. As most know the whole gubbins comes out for cleaning if you spin off two wing nuts. It will be fun to see if we can invent a top bar hive extractor that mounts with the same two wing nuts. Thus it could become somewhat ambidextrous for hobbyists.
  11. now that the club facility is well established, is it now appropriate to combine all the BoP Forum posts and all the BoP Club posts in one place? I don't get to the forum all that often and it seems strange now that posts are in two separate places. Is it possible to consolidate into one focal point?
  12. The group's map has had a layer added for Tutin Test Results. The map now contains blue markers for swarm collectors, green markers for passed Tutin Tests and red markers for failed Tutin Tests. Anyone with a Tutin Test result from any site in the BoP region is welcome to forwards a copy of their test certificate from any year. These are placed on the map so as not to identify any individual nor an apiary site. Members and non-members are welcome to contribute and there is no fee nor block for non-members to view. There are not actually a great deal of test results to see, however, there are two red markers so far and anyone harvesting honey from those two catchments might be on high alert. Composite sample testing can be done from areas with a long green history. Individual testing is recommended in red areas. If you do access the map, it is suggested you make it "full screen" and toggle between collectors and tutin test results according to whichever layer you want to look at. https://bopbee.weebly.com/tutin.html
  13. by way of example, another beekeeper friend I know uses poly mini mating nucs there must be 50 or more of them. These use 3 or 4 little rectangular combs on top bars. During the season honey combs are removed from these as they run out of space and are stored. During winter the hives are fed back these honey combs. The only reason I mention it is that is a bit similar to the ross rounds. In order to store these combs of feed honey, he keeps them in the shed spaced apart by about a top bar width between each comb. This allows air and light and space between combs with no hive mat or covers. If they are placed together in a box in the dark the moths can generate heat and take over, but with the combs spaced apart and ventilated he has no problems. But if you have freezer space, that is the low stress option for sure.
  14. I'm not sure if it has been mentioned but we also have a group webpage. It is a free one, so the url isn't flash. https://bopbee.weebly.com/ The Tauranga City Council webpage on bees externally links to this website for swarm collection in the BoP area. Members of other recognised clubs, branches and groups in the BoP are welcome to join the collector list; there is no fee. The website contains a map of collectors that can be taken full screen and zoomed in to locate nearest. https://bopbee.weebly.com/collection.html There is also a page on the group's extractor that can be booked & borrowed by group members for $20. There is a link to the facebook group and a link to this forum and details about meetings and newsletters.
  15. View Offer Queencell Carrier This is a home made queen cell carrier. It is a hot/cold chilly bin 6L that has a temperature controller which is set to ~34C. The heating plate goes above and below 34C but air temperature at cells is good and they always come out fine. It holds up to 28 queen cells. The unit plugs into a car cigarette lighter (12VDC). This item has been made from new parts. It has been tested, but it has not been used. I can also include a 230V adaptor if would like to run this overnight indoors, but let me know as I'll need to set up a separate auction I think; additional $50. external dimensions are 27cm high x 33cm long x 18cm wide approx. Separately to queen cell use, they can be used on the cold setting for your lunch/drink. It is aimed at hobby beekeepers and price reflects a simple unit that is not intended for heavy duty bashing around. You can read up about this and/or make you own one up by reading older threads on this forum. Shipping nationally and rural is included in the price for the two main islands. It is my first time setting up one of these adverts; my intention is advertise them at $150 each available to buy individually, we have stock of 10 and to make more on demand. There are 51 of these in service around the country, plus my original one at home. Previously assembled by our in-house alien, they are now being put together by his younger sister. The price includes GST, my GST number is 60 022 135, beekeeper number D7196 Price $150.00 Submitter ChrisM Submitted 17/12/18 Category Equipment For Sale
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