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Everything posted by Kirsty

  1. Thanks yesbut. Yes still loads of floral nectar around,,but also within range of Tutu as well....and i work for those nobs who drafted the regulations so i better play ball huh. Last thing i want is to end up like the coromandel sod who ignored the regs & made several people seriously sick a few years back. Chances are slim i know, but for me its not worth the risk with just small home harvests not being blended with others. (and not worth my job given who i work for either).
  2. Yip - they arrived here in Swanson/Ranui West Auckland just yesterday. Will be doing last harvest here tomorrow weather permitting.
  3. Fresh pulled grass thrown on top of the top bars & left there works for me.
  4. Theyre goodies in the garden especially your compost :)
  5. Hang in there Pipkin - you got the best ever teachers helping you ride the learning curve if you keep watching & hearing them - the bees!! Sounds like your having an awsome time
  6. If your reacting less with each sting, its nothing to worry about. BUT if your reacting 'more' with each sting, its time to stop being casual & be very careful & wear full protection. Allergic responses can increase in time with some people to become serious stuff. Talk to your GP about what to keep on hand medicine wise & keep a stock on hand 'before' you urgently need it!
  7. Contact the registrar for your area - the ones you registered your hives with
  8. Yip those above. Im yet to find a decent NZ Top-Bar beekeeping book but of all the ones ive read so far (loads) this UK one is the best by far: Top-Bar Beekeeping, Organic Practices for HoneyBee Health by Les Crowder & Heather Harrell.
  9. Hi, does anyone have a phone number for a person Dellas who raises queens from Mt Wellington, Auckland please? Or anyone in auckland have a caged queen to sell? Many thanks.
  10. Im not in your locality, but given the spate of hive thefts I personally would not add myself to your map - its inadvertently a treasure map for hive thieves.
  11. Howard Halliday - my easy tips to getting straight combs in a TB are: 1) Make sure the hive is level (makes a big difference to them building brace comb or not). Leaning hives encourage brace combs. 2) Check any new comb early while its still small & adjust it while its still fresh & soft if you need to - after that theyll be good to follow the lead. 3) Once youve got 2 or more nice straight combs, insert your new bars inbetween those so theyve got a guide to work to & they should automatically keep the beespace between them. The book: Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and He
  12. I love my topbar - so much i just got another one. Huge advantage for me (lady with a dodgy neck) is no heavy lifting - downside is theyre less portable for moving if needed. They shouldnt run out of brood space if your growing the brood space with new bars/comb same as you grow the honey space...just concertina them in or out as the bees needs & seasons change. It does mean more careful handling so as not to break comb but gentleness aint a bad thing with bees anyway. I dont use foundation so theyre busy building comb = less honey in the long run....but im not in it for the honey any
  13. Im just on my last paper & deeply disappointed with the whole thing. Beyond frustration reading such long out of date information & having to reiterate it in assignments which is just plain pointless. I expected an academic organisation to be at least up to date with the info / laws / regulations they want students to learn. My advice: Find a local course / join your local beeclub for practical learning & advice / get your hands on the Practical Beekeeping NZ book & youll be way more uptodate than what Telford will give you. The only reason ive stuck at it till the end i
  14. Thanks Trevor but not i wasnt referring to the map at all, but rather notice from AsureQuality of a recently confirmed hive...and yes the grapevine confirmed it before the letter arrived so a good reliable heads up i think.
  15. Waitakere - and keeping a very close eye out for AFB given its within 5km of me. With all the challenges our bees have to face from all angles..(nature AND humans) .its a wondrous thing they ever survive.
  16. Brilliant info, thanks Tudor. My one small nuc got off to a really rough start with heavy varroa infestation, then got completely robbed out, madly treated & been feeding over winter. Checked last week, looks very healthy, no afb seen, Varroa count only 1! and numbers have boomed with honey stores back again. Feeling optimistic & very proud for my tough warrior girls. Looking forward to experiencing my first honey flow this year
  17. Tristan - where do i find the map of AFB in West Auckland you write of? Thanks
  18. Q - good questions...theres lots of confusion & terms & equipment & stuff to understand before your ready to forge ahead. Beekeepings a whole new world & not as easy as experienced beekeepers make it look. But its a fun & fascinating world. It can be quite expensive to set up depending on how you go about it.....youll find its alot more involved than you think. I think youd find some night or weekend classes really really helpful where you can 'see' the stuff your asking about, & fiddle with it & ask lots of questions from your tutors. I found the classes brill
  19. Hi Q, Im a newbie beekeeper in Auckland too & had my hive only a few months. Yes - i absolutely agree with the others - wait till spring to get them. Use the winter to go to beeclub & do a few beekeeping nightclases or workshops if you can - i found those really helpful. I got my nuc late & its still only small & its been hammered with varroa then robbing - not sure theyll survive the winter now. Its been more stressful than i ever imagined. I think the others advice to wait till spring is Very Very good sound advice.
  20. On the upside Tommy Dave, ive met some lovely experienced beekeepers with open minds such as yourself, who have knowledgeably discussed pros and cons to both types of hives AND considered the newbies circumstances. That has been brilliant. Love being given food for thought..... Thanks again.
  21. mmmmm..... then theyre clearly not interested in the health of the bees aye. I dont think thats influenced by the type of hive they keep though... more an ignorance about the needs of bees. (or lack of care perhaps).
  22. As a newbie attending workshops / nightclasses / beeclubs and visiting beekeepers the 'us & them' mentality comes through loud & clear!! A few months down the track ive decided, as a hobbyist its more important to go with what suits you as the beekeeper - your the one that will be caring the bees & their hive afterall. The lack of heavy lifting with a top-bar was what made beekeeping possible for me with a neck injury. If Langstroth were the only option - keeping bees on my own would not be an option & i wouldnt be having the enjoyment i get now from helping & watching t
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