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  1. Andrew from Whitford is the TradeMe info. We don't charge for collection or charge the beekeeper the swarms go to. Swarms are great for starting out, but to charge a reserve of $300/$325 is outright shameless! :mad:
  2. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Agree 100%, he is the only one available and the only one actually helping! (y)
  3. Pbee

    Burning hives

    The numbers will always bee random. It depends on the knowledge and the integrity of fellow Beekeepers in your area.
  4. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Brilliant! So as soon as they sign on the dotted line they are ready? Please can I 'hire' one just for Auckland so we can get rid of Ass sure Quality - no hopers - once and for all? Honestly, I have no idea why we are paying them at all. I much rather would pay those who breed dogs that can detect AFB EVEN BEFORE THERE IS AN OUTBREAK! (y)
  5. Use wood frames with wax foundation. (y) This has been discussed on this forum numerous times. Next time you have a question, search this forum if it has already been answered, please?
  6. Yes, put a bit of cotton wool with no more than 1 (one) drop of lemon grass oil in the back of the hive and a couple of frames of drawn comb. Works a treat every time!
  7. Pbee

    Burning hives

    Burning AFB infected gear has precedence of Auckland council laws. You can burn your gear and nobody can hinder or stop you! I would call the fire brigade before lighting the fire, so they are informed and don't come howling down the road cos a neighbour complains. The LAW is on your side!
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    AFB in Auckland

    It's time we rattle a few cages. AFB in Auckland is clearly getting out of hand. Neither Asure Quality, nor the AFB Management Agency - Rex Baynes - are available to comment on what the plan is to reduce AFB. I AM NOT EVEN DREAMING ABOUT ELIMINATING AFB IN AUCKLAND!!! Just reducing the amount of incidences would be a success! I believe 'they' are watching this Forum from behind the curtains, but we need to implement a system that works as the current is blantantly failing! Anybody any suggestions what we can do instead of paying money for non-action?
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    AFB in Auckland

    Reported incidents of AFB I have called the AFB management Agency and Rex Baynes. Neither is available! The maps on the website need updating 'urgently'! Does anybody have a contact with MPI to follow up on this?
  10. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Vein is the gap between 2 frames...it's how I understand it.
  11. Honey-B-Gone, Sarah in Ngaruawahia, she sell this stuff. Her contact number is on her Facebook page
  12. Fourth option is to drill a hole into the cavity 'behind' the bees and spray Honey-B-Gone into the hole, it will drive all bees including the queen out! They come marching out in a hurry. (y)
  13. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    I always carry a couple of these kits in my box. When 'we' (the test kits and I) agree I burn the hive, but if we disagree by only one vote I go for a lab test. Killing and destroying an AFB riddled colony and hiveware is the right and only thing todo.(y) What makes me so cautious is the memory of the noise the colonies made when I poured the petrol in the hives..........followed by a gut wrenching silence. :sick:
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    AFB in Auckland

    Devastating to read you found AFB in your hives. My advice would bee to get a couple of test kits and confirm its AFB before you destroy your precious hives. You said they are 'strong', so there is no chance they will be robbed out before you completed testing.
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    AFB in Auckland

    I already pay $400 per year to have hives in Auckland... but if I 'knew' Asssurequality would actually do their job they get paid for I would bee happy to pay more. But for all the money we pay they sit on their asses complaining how much they already have to do! It's time to give the 'job' to some company who actually wants to do the job!!Nobody in the beekeeping department at Asssurequality answers the phone, nobody is ever available! Shame I can't use 'appropriate' language here for these lazy ...................(blanks to fill in your own appropriate words)!
  16. All virgins - but one - have made it. So far - so good! Now comes 'the proof is in the pudding' or rather in the mating! I will check in a week and then again in another week to see if they have survived and started laying! Started next batch today! (y)
  17. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Yep, sounds like you are on a different planet :rofl:
  18. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Hang on - hang on - hang on, you say it is common practice for commercials to go into somebody else's yard and go into the hives? :mad:
  19. The :crap: weather is not helping. First batch of queens, hatched around 12/09/2016 only 3 out of 22 actually mated. Second batch started on 28/09/2016 is much more promising. Still got a few virgins that will go into splits today. So even from my perspective, mated queens are still rare, that's why they are so expensive. As for the prices people are paying on TradeMe....hmmm, let me find useable words :unsure: Nope, can only come up with highly censored language! :censored:
  20. There is a very 'head shaking' breeder right here. IMHO this is the best way to ruin this industry! Where is the ambulance at the bottom of the hill when you need it?
  21. Swarm picked up in Oratia on Saturday. Picture perfect!
  22. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    If we had a definite number of free loaders, then your suggestion would make sense. Buckminster Fuller comes to mind. If you don't like the current arrangement, don't try to repair it. Create a new working model to replace the old. When we fill out our ADR's we, in reality, create enough traceability with which the source of some of the AFP outbreaks could be eliminated. To what extent is Asurequality utilising this information? I would like to see Auckland free of AFB and the occurrence an exception and is not the norm!
  23. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    No, I didn't name a figure not to cause a stir, but now that you mention 10 years Hobby Beekeeping and some are found with hundreds of hives and several yards...my 'penalty' guesstemeter is some where in the $1000-$5000 range, depending on hive and apiary numbers. That should cover cost and deter offenders. The rest is just same old wet bus ticket stuff! :thumbdown:
  24. Pbee

    AFB in Auckland

    Hmmm, why not increase the registration fee to $100 per year but it includes one AFB inspection for 1 apiary up to 10 hives. This is for Hobby Beekeepers WITHOUT a DECA. For registered Beekeepers WITH DECA it can stay the way it is. There is a solution waiting to be found! (y)
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