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  1. Thanks Maggie, One weak hive I have is because it was in a nucleus over winter and I introduced a new queen cell in November. It was examined by me and an AFB officer and we didn't find any AFB. I am a DECA holder and make sure I inspect any suspicious hives. Good question and thank you for your observation.
  2. Thanks Trevor, I have 11 strong hives and one weak hive. I imagine there would be a lot of foragers coming to that weak hive. Those 11 will stay without a forager for couple of weeks until the new ones come. I was thinking to experiment with 2 hives and try the method with a newspaper and leave a nucleus box at the old position in case foragers go back. Thanks
  3. Thank you all for your thoughts. Much appreciated. I came to a hand shake agreement that I will move my hives over period of one to 2 months max., after I do my harvesting and boxes get lighter again. Now, I am planning to move my hives 80-90m further down the hill away from the sight, below the steep banks and behind 20m tall trees. However in bees eyes this is only a few wing flaps away and I need to plan how to move the hives so close away from its original position. Back in Serbia, where I am from I heard that you can actually move the hives without taking them 2km away for 3 weeks
  4. Hey Alastair, it is those houses on the right hand side as you come down the driveway. Actually there are 3 new neighbours who moved in and all have the same problem. These houses are higher and above my apiary. The bees fly over and it does look like my bees pooed all over their property. I have been there for 5 years and I will remove my hives to the lower part of the property which is about 80-90m further down and about 150m away from the complaining houses. It is all away from their sight, below the steep bank and huge trees. Hopefully that resolves the matter. Thanks I can
  5. This is the problem we will see more and more in the big cities. Auckland can't spread any further and it will grow compact and dense from now on. This new section is next to a lifestyle block where people have sheep and my bees. Thank you all for your quick answers. I will try to buy some time and will look for a new location. First need to harvest the honey to make it lighter.
  6. I need an advice on what to do with a complaint of a new neighbour who recently moved into a brand new house about 50m away from my apiary. I have 12 busy hives on a lifestyle block near the newly developed section in Schnapper Rock, Auckland area. The section next door was built around 3-4 months ago and I had my beehives next door for about 4 years now. I need time to find a new apiary location and my hives are super heavy now with 2-3 supers full of honey. I am a hobby beekeeper and don't have a crane or a lift to move that easily. The neighbour seems to be very upset and sends me messag
  7. Thank you Alastair and thank you for your hard work on discovering those neglected AFB hives that put us all in danger. I hope you find them all. Good luck!
  8. For the research you can start here - I have one Italian and one Carniolan hives next to each other on an urban site. Italians were larger in numbers in an early spring. Once the nectar flow starts Carniolan overtake quickly and brought more honey. Carniolans lead by a 3/4 box of honey so far. I am sure Italians are great for the Mediterranean type of climate but Carniolans are better by far for NZ in my opinion. Also, it is worth mentioning that cross-breed or (Tiger queens) have also interesting and some of the features we all love. hygiene, honey yield, etc. Dr Pe
  9. Please give it to me. Many reasons i would go for a Carniolan queen. Carniolans respond quickly to changes in nectar and pollen availability. They can build up a workforce and break it down more quickly than Italians. They fly at colder temperatures. They may be less susceptible to brood pathogens, diseases may spread more slowly in a Carniolan apiary. They are commonly agreed to be as gentle as Italians. Italians don’t forage as far as Carniolans. Italians keep large number of bees after the nectarflow stops and therefore consume more honey. True, they may want to swarm more but I can
  10. Which way do you place those propolis mats? Flat side up or down? or does it matter? Thanks
  11. Wasps trap that works for me. Cut the top part of a plastic bottle and turn upside down as shown in the attached picture. Pour in half coca cola and half beer. It will only attract wasps and hornets (there are no hornets in NZ). If there is frequent rain this method won't work as the rain fall will fill the bottle up. In that case you may drill holes on the upper part of the plastic bottle. Does anyone use this method or similar?
  12. Is Manuka Honey Really a 'Superfood' For Treating Colds, Allergies And Infections? http://www.sciencealert.com/is-manuka-honey-really-a-superfood-for-treating-colds-allergies-and-infections
  13. Neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticide but in 2013 the European Union banned their use on flowering crops. It would be nice to see something like this happening in NZ. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/09/uk-will-back-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides-michael-gove-reveals
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