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john berry

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  1. Macia I would have no trouble explaining to you why I do not like top bar hives that do not contain frames. Can you explain why you are so against having frames in your top bar hive. This seems like such an easy solutionn to all the contention.
  2. I've never found it made any difference which way a hive faced. I'm not sure I believe in magnetic lines although strangely enough I can divine water without any trouble. I've never thought of trying to breed bees that build less brace comb but it should be possible. Space your combs evenly and don't use plastic frames.
  3. nine in the brood box an eight in the honey supers . Historically most extractors held eight or multiples of eight. 10 frames in the brood box makes sense on paper but doesn't suit my style working which is basically to go straight to the centre of the brood box. With nine frames I can leaver them apart slightly and remove the frame without squashing the Queen. My exceptions are nine frames for foundation and 10 frames for cut comb. The other reason I do it this way is because it's the way always done it and it works good enough for me. Someone convince me I'm wrong, it's time I learn some new
  4. in Australia nearly all hives are run with one brood box . Many beekeepers have adopted the system in New Zealand . I suspect it varies from area to area as to how successful it is but a couple of years ago I tried running four apiaries half with the Queen in one full depth super and the rest in two boxes . Conclusion ! Less honey, more work , wouldn't do it again. On the other hand my father thinks is the best system there is. As for feeding, around here hives in town can gain a full super of honey over the winter .out of town six heavy frames of honey is the minimum to keep them alive for
  5. an ap2 can enter any property to inspect beehives but only under the direction of an ap1. They must carry their warrant when doing so. Ring Byron Taylor at asurequality or if you know an ap2 you could approach them and see if they would be willing to approach Byron for permission to inspect the hives . Inspection is covered under the secrecy act and while if disease is found you can expect action to be taken you cannot and should not expect the ap2 to give you details of the condition of the hives. Mind you if you see a big blaze you'll get the idea. If they have not been worked for 12 months
  6. burning plastic frames infected with American foulbrood is permissible because the bioSecurity act supersedes your local clean air act. Nevertheless pollution from plastic either burned(American foulbrood) or sent to landfill (broken frames) is the main reason I have gone back to wooden frames. Treatment of American foulbrood using sodium hypochlorite is an interesting piece of science but I would not touch any gear treated in this way with a 40 foot barge pole. by the way the majority of the hives I saw in Norway were in plastic boxes.
  7. as I understand it, and I may be wrong, assure quality can order the destruction of infected hives and place movement orders on remaining hives. I'm sure they could recommend to maf that someone be prosecuted but I think they realise they would be wasting their time. at least three quarters of the beekeepers in this area who have sold up in the last 20 years have had some sort of a foulbrood problem. As soon as you get too old, too sick or too tired to keep on top of problems, away it goes again. If someone had 130 hives and couldn't tell Sack brood from American foulbrood I think they made
  8. if you want examples of the sort of thing I'm talking about here are two examples from the fairly recent past. I won't mention any names and they are too far back to prosecute but they are good examples of the type of thing I keep coming across. One ; 40 hives on one unregistered site , all with foulbrood and some robbed out. This apiary was right in the middle of the Hawke's Bay Apple pollination area. I believe the site was being used as a hospital yard with diseased hives being brought in just in case they got better. Two ; seven registered sites inspected. Five sites had robbed out foulb
  9. The recent foulbrood outbreak in Hawke's Bay included robbed out beehives in unregistered apiarys .as an ap2 I cannot take a prosecution. Byron Taylor our North Island AP1 is apparently also unable to take prosecutions under section 154 q of the bio security act. MAF appear to be the only people who can take prosecutions and yet they refuse to . those who know me know I've done a huge amount to try and educate people about American foulbrood but I believe the time has come to prosecute in the case of ongoing gross neglect which leads to the destruction of neighbouring hives. am I getting o
  10. hi Stu, I pass on your comments about Jamie to the committee but we haven't had a meeting yet because of pollination commitments. Yes, wax and all, but I believe the secret ingredient is supposed to be the honey just under the wax capping. Why I don't know.
  11. By the way Jose interesting observations on the different crosses.Does anyone else have any experience with either of these two crosses. As you may have gathered by my posts I'm not a huge fan of anything but Italians but the reality is if someone comes up with a new strain of bee that is totally resistant to varroa I would change tomorrow.
  12. hybrids especially f2 and f3 are unpredictable and unstable, that's why we don't want them.f1 hybrids should show a lot of hybrid vigour and would very probably be more productive than either of the parents. This vigour is not carried on to further generations . very useful for one generation but not sustainable. As far as I'm aware there is no difference in size between the different races of honeybees. It seems to be an optical illusion that Italians look bigger than dark bees.
  13. go out to your hive in the evening . Hold a candle near the entrance annual notice air is sucked on one side of the entrance and expelled on the other.top entrances and top ventilation may be advantageous but I have never used them and never had any real problems. Same thing with screen bottom boards. They sound good on paper but the science suggest they have no discernible effect on varroa. Having said all that, conditions do very a lot between one area and another and what is necessary in one place may be a waste of time somewhere else.
  14. 42 years man and boy .And yes I still like them.
  15. a sugar shake is extremely difficult to do if the bees are on a honey flow. If there is a lot of fresh honey coming in then try and get the job done before 10 a.m. a bee brush might work rather than shaking them when there is a lot of fresh nectar.
  16. the secret is a cool smoke. One bag of dry Pine needles to light the smoker and another bag of damp ones for when it is going well. Hessian Sacks left on a fence to weather do burn well but can you be sure what was in the sack. imidoclorperid coated seeds perhaps.corrugated cardboard and wood shavings do tend to burn a bit hot.
  17. MAF `s arrogance and ignorance are breathtaking. As predicted by Mark Goodwin deformed wing virus almost certainly came in with the semen . we also faced with the dilemma of not being able to have pure matings any more because of the importation of Carniolan genetics. hybrids are a real problem and can be exceptionally aggressive.
  18. I think they just had a spoonful a day . I agree that most allergies are caused by wind borne pollens but nevertheless these people kept coming back for more and swore that it worked. Skimmings from the top of the honey has always been a problem. Years ago it was all reprocessed using a fair amount of heat and then sold to the tobacco industry. You could try making honey mead. If it is a real problem check the seals on your pumps and make sure they are not incorporating air into the honey .
  19. If they are still clustered outside the box this evening try gently brushing them onto the ground in front of the entrance and they will often just March in .No matter what you do some swarms will abscond. Personally I catch my swarms in a full depth box with gauze on the bottom and a couple of runners to keep it off the ground. I normally put three frames of foundation in the box along with a frame of honey. After I have shaken the swarm into the box I cover it with a sack and seal them by placing a normal telescopic lid on top. I normally leave them shut until evening at which point I just
  20. virgin queen, dont disturb for three weeks
  21. before antibiotics were readily available there was research done on using compounds from wax moth to dissolve the waxy coating around tuberculin cysts. There has also been fascinating work done using bees to find landmines.
  22. sounds like Tauhinu, ozothamnus leptophyluss or Cottonwood . It is no good for bees as far as I know and is not generally found in cultivation.good coastal plant for revegetation and regeneration.
  23. no idea if it works or not but years ago we used to have several people come in specially to buy cappings honey for their allergies. Cappings honey is the wax and honey that has removed from the surface of the honey frame before extraction.
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