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  1. What we have been finding , treated 1st week March
  2. As one of Tweeddales cell suppliers ( there are 4 ) the above is correct. start out with going on floor and later in season the cell is place up in combs from underneath to be in contact with the bees . as far as I am aware most hives are run as single broods with a queen excluder cell is supplied on day 11 to be closer to hatching. Their floor is solid with a permanent winter entrance, hives are slid forward for summer to give a full entrance . All hives that weren’t requeened by splitting in spring are given a cell over January to March period, a team puts out up 500 cells in a day The floor method came about due to queen excluder use to keep brood out of extracting room and the resulting low bacteria counts which gave a premium from corporate honey buyers . The logistics of moving 10,s of thousands honey boxes to put cells in was not a valid option or finding queens and killing them Another customer queried how successful the method was having found all cells had hatched but wasn’t seeing a brood break where the virgin had killed the old queen. Told him it is highly variable, working on a supercedure principal and you may not see a brood break , the ideal would to kill the old queen to give a good result and that is a fairly big logistical effort or you could go fishing, fishing won out as far as I’m aware
  3. I use carnica breeders ( pure and hybrid ) from David for 2 customers who prefer them , that may have to change if New owner doesn’t sell to non suppliers . The rest of my customers like Italian type . have used mine , Betta Bees A.I ( not sure if I will go there again) and Kirwee bees ( shaping up very well) this autumn. mine tend to have carnica in the mix so get black drones . my nuc yards now have a fair few neighbours ( both big corporates in range and other beekeepers have come in as well ) resulting in mixed mating on a regular basis . They may now become more Carnica now that David is now part of one of my corporate neighbours ( queen support yards on the next road) .
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  6. And the key word here is spring!! , natural reproduction urge . 2 queen hives are quite happy to go hang in a tree at this time of year if the weather is conducive, don’t even need eggs in cups
  7. You are missing the division board to seperate the top unit . some of your virgin may have ended up in bottom if you were lucky . I would lift the existing queen up above a div board and put cell in bottom and leave in that configuration for winter . personally I use mated queens for 2 queening hives using a div board until they are well settled . we have just busted up our 2 queen starter hives , bottom queen has 2 brood boxes and top has 1 and a top feeder , they will be united again around 1st week August . As I have said before a hives natural state is one queen ( maybe more when something is wrong with one ) and that’s what you need think about when considering something different
  8. Same here , just assumed it was a phone scam like numbers originating from Europe
  9. I would say with in margin of error, which is why I got a retest done for my own education. Got it over the line to mono and buyer took it as that having been informed it was retested there was also a suggestion I find a mate with a drum of nice kanuka
  10. After discussion with Lab when I got 1st result I got the same sample tested again
  11. Had 1 sample last season that had 2MAP at 4.9 and 3PLA at 400 which made it non Manuka so not either by the definition on retest 2MPA went 5 and 3PLA to 410 which made it mono Manuka
  12. In the consultation stage 2MPA was going to 1 and was put to 5 when the rules were coming in and the court case resulted in multi being put back to 1
  13. The aphids populations here are being decimated by harlequin labybirds. would have been cut by 2/3rd in the last 10 days . most clusters of aphids would have up to 3 ladybird young feasting on them as well as heaps adults . Some of my young trees now have no aphids . no willow dew coming in the hives that normally get it . im told they are getting a little bit in the Waikato
  14. Harlequin ladybirds starting to make a dent in the willow aphid population at home . Bees locally are hard out on clover and Californian thistle, don’t think it can go on that much longer due to the dry
  15. Gearing up for cell rearing, 1500 out the door so far . i have come to the conclusion in the last week that the season is on the wane , well the bees think so . Back filling the brood nest , most hives not rearing many drones , strength disappearing and heaps of fresh propolis on everything. what I would expect late February even though there is a reasonable pasture flow round here at present could make autumn cell rearing a bit fun!
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