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Sil29er last won the day on March 6 2017

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  1. Sil29er

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Because they spend it very badly. As the government, I would like all their accounts made public before we even get to the discussion table.
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    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    If I was the government, I would contribute to the industry but only if an when The Management Agency gets their act together and prosecutes. Otherwise is money down the toilet.
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    AFB Dogs

    @Rene Gloor I am very interested in discussing a visit from a dog. However, we have very few hives, and don't produce honey for commercial purposes. We are a small urban beekeeping operation, but recently had a AFB text and email alert about an outbreak in one of our main areas. At the same time, we got a phone call from a neighbour who has this beehive in his backyard, put there by a commercial beek as a favour. Said beehive hasn't been checked since last Autumn, when appear strips went in. Our neighbours have been ringing and texting the beek but no response. The hive doesn't have any registration displayed either. If it was registered to that site, the beek would have gotten the text alert and been to check it. Sooo, my question is: is there a doggie that could come and have a sniff around? Without too much expense...
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    Show Your Truck

    Ok, the Subaru got “upgraded”, and the hippie beekeeper is quite happy with the trade. Surely, I miss the AWD and the apparent relief of petrol stations. But my concience is at peace with our choice. Good for us, good for Bees, good for the planet. And apart from the initial investment, pretty cheap to run too!!
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    Basic cost of running a hive commercially

    We asked around to put hives in people's places, but maybe because we wanted to play with Top Bars, or because it sounded too good to be true, we didn't have many takers. We also manage hives for people who don't have the time and experience, and we mentor a lot. We organise courses, as well as give talks at garden centres, community gardens and schools (talks are always free). Hopefully it puts us in the "Good Guys" basket. As an anecdote, one of our families have 4 children, and they all love it when I visit the hive and they are home. On one of my first visits after the hive was installed, all the kids were home, ages from 3 to 10. The older kids were very keen and asking very smart questions, and getting in quite close, so I gave them our spare suits to get even closer. The 3 year old didn't want to be left behind, so when her 7 yo brother asked if he could pick up and hold a bee, I said "yes, that one you can, because it's a drone, a boy bee, and he doesn't have a stinger". They very quickly learnt to recognise "the boy bees" and all was good. The following time i visited, all kids were at school, and I find a pink dolly cot and a spoon under the hive: Pearl, the 3 year old, had been playing with "the boys", feeding them sugary water with a spoon and putting them to sleep in the cot Her mum calls her the "bee wrangler", hehehe!!!
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    Basic cost of running a hive commercially

    My 2 cents on why some people enter the hive rental scheme, from the customer side and from the beekeeper (me) side. The Customer wants what @kevin moore has explained, and very well so. I would add that in the same way we (as in the general population) prefer to eat our own produce (use of pesticides in commercial crops, don't trust what we are being sold, prefer to have a more realistic view on how hard it is to produce that jar of honey we don't want to buy as it is $25 at the shops for maybe less than 1/2 a kilo, or simply because we want our children to know where food comes from, and how we all need each other in the grand plan of the universe). A lot of people have always wanted to get into bees, but they are responsible and don't want to make mistakes, or can't find the time of doing it themselves, or have had a bad experience in the past so want to give it another go with someone holding their hand. From my side (the Top Bar Hive beekeeper): I get a kick when my customer is home and ready to jump in a suit to admire and work the bees together. Coming from a teaching background, I love the interaction with kids and people who are ready and willing to learn, and enjoy their faces of awe. Our Top Bar hive operation means that we harvest a comb and they get to process it at home, so they KNOW that THAT honey has come from their hive and their hive only, and what was used to treat their bees, or what they have foraged on (mostly their and their neighbour's gardens). You can see the progress on their gardening for bees, there is always more plants, more flowers, as well as water sources, etc. Sometimes, there is no honey crop, and we discuss why and what can we do to improve that, we explain, they listen, and have the option to opt out. Sometimes we have a robbing event, and they get to experience it, we deal as best we can, but we always keep them informed on everything. I think they are all very happy with our way of doing things. My visits are never 15 minutes, or maybe if no-one is home and is a super quick check in winter, but quite unlikely. I allow about 45 minutes per visit. If the weather is being predictable, I let them know the day before or a couple of days. If it's been raining non stop and there is a patch of sunshine, I email them before leaving the house. That's about it. You got to love it to do it, and I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it. And I am always thinking of ways to make it more efficient and kinder on the planet (hate the plastic varroa strips that can't be recycled!!) I don't even know what clipping tickets is referred to.
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    NZBF Robber and empty hive. Advice please.

    Well, according to other threads on this very forum, it could happen to very experienced beekepers as well. I think we need to stop looking down on "new beekeepers" and start helping everyone, new and old, as we are all here to learn. In any case, it is said that humans are the only animal that trips over the same rock twice....
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    Beautiful weather, bad day.

    To me, this whole topic shows how we have to be patient with (new or old) beekeepers that want to try alternative ways i.e. treatment free or organic treatments, different hive configurations, etc. There doesn't seem to be a silver bullet with varroa, and, sooner or later, if not vigilant, our bees will suffer.
  9. Swarms are a thing, whether you have seen one before or not. Just out your name down on a swarm catcher's list, Facebook group or whatever, and keep checking. It can happen!! And to me, the best ever way of getting bees!!
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    Warre Management

    Thanks @Timw, I would put 4 Bayvarol strips, as per packet instructions. There is no economy in saving 1 strip for later as the foil is already opened, and in the 8-10 weeks of treatment the bees may very well start expanding to the bottom box and if they decide to put brood in there, then there isn't too much product. Bayvarol is slow release, so no harm done. Let us know how things are going!
  11. Sil29er

    Warre Management

    Bayvarol advises 4 strips per brood box. How many brood frames (top bars) have you got?
  12. Sil29er

    Keeping bees in the backyard

    It's already been said, but we have managed to grow a thick skin
  13. Sil29er

    Crowley Cup

    I think they market it as "the feta cheese holder", or mozzarella cheese...
  14. Sil29er

    August 2017 Apiary Diary

    Ps: takes awhile to get the sublikiwi up to temp...
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