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Posts 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).

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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Health Harrell is brilliant & the best ive come across so far for practical guides to growing & shrinking the hive as per the bees & seasons needs.

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  5. 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    Beyond frustration reading such long out of date information & having to reiterate it in assignments which is just plain pointless.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 is because i hate quitting something once ive started.

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  6. 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 brilliant & made me understand heaps better what i saw / heard at the beeclub as well.

    Theres classes out West Auckland (Kiwimana) & some down South as well, im not sure about Central Auck.

    What area of Auckland are you in?

  7. 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.

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