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  1. This is a good price. A local chap was selling 2-box hives last year for $500 each, and that was just for the 2 boxes (which some were of not ideal condition), 9 frames of bees (with old comb) - the buyer had to supply their own floors, inner covers and lids.
  2. Is there a beekeeping club in your area that you can get in touch with?
  3. I know of someone who recently got a job with a beekeeping outfit for an hourly rate of $21. Sure, he's new to the industry, but he's delighted to be earning that much because he was earning $19 an hour in his previous (non related) job and he said it's a great working environment.
  4. I've used both in the same apiary before with no problems whatsoever. However, I would be inclined not to use them in both in the same hive in case there is a varroa issue within that particular hive, then I could pinpoint a problem with the treatment that was put into that hive.
  5. Open feeding seems to be popular in America. I remember watching a link to FeedBee when it first came out, which showed open feeding. Whatever you do Black Bee, don't feed sugar syrup out in the open. As you are a beginner, you will be as keen as mustard to try anything. If you are going to feed your bees a pollen substitute and live near areas where there are other beekeepers' hives, try a little bit on a saucer to satisfy your interest. If you live in an extremely isolated area, try some in the PVC pipe for a few days. Personally, I make pollen patties which go inside the hive.
  6. Maybe good if you have a large apiary. For a small number of hives, the next clip looks interesting, where a feeder is made out of PVC pipe - a lot cheaper, less bulky and does the same job.
  7. They say you learn something new everyday. Today I learn't about washboarding (and it's nothing to do with my laundry ). I purchased some hives last year and have noticed that some of these are 'washboarding', yet I noticed 10 of my original hives, which I have had for the past 5 years have never done this - is this a trait with some bees?
  8. Interesting. I thought about growing comfrey for the honey bees, but after reading your post, maybe I would be better off to plant borage.
  9. BeeGirl


    Surprised you didn't say the brakes failed the testing. This seems to be what they pick on down here with COF's. A mechanic told me to make sure that I used the brakes heaps of times, to warm the brakes up, between where I lived and the testing station. I now pass this info onto others when they say about their brakes failing COF's.
  10. Has anyone seen the ad in the NZ Beekeeper (December), for the RevBee honey harvester? The ad states 'The harvester comes fully MPI certified with an RMP'. Doesn't look like there's hurdles to jump through with this one, as the process looks very basic. Interested to hear other veiws on this, especially from anyone who has got a RevBee harvester. There must be a catch somewhere.
  11. Thanks for all of the info, but I agree with Trevor. Are you sure it's not an RMP. It seems very excessive for a NP1 - which I thought honey could be processed in a verified domestic kitchen.
  12. Congratulations Oma, we'll done. Are you able to tell us how long the process took to get verified, as I'm sure there are others out there that are interested in knowing.
  13. Thanks tristan. I had never heard of bees liking the horses sweat before, but maybe what the non beekeeper heard mean't that the training track was simply in the flight path of the bees.
  14. I've been recently asked if I would like to put hives on a property, which has a training track, where the owner trains racehorses. He has asked me if I could put the hives in the next paddock over from the track. I recall being told some time ago by a non beekeeper that it's not good to have hives in an area where horses are being worked, as the bees go for the sweat on the horses and upset the horses. I just wondered if this information is correct, or that it's okay to put hives in such a location.
  15. You need to use a strong hive as a cell builder - lots and lots of bees.
  16. It's a shame this chap wasn't interested in melting down his own wax. I think it's another interesting part of keeping bees. I made up my own solar wax melter about five years ago, and sure it can be a lengthly process to melt down all of the wax, but like I mentioned, it is just another fun part of beekeeping.
  17. Good year for clover flowering in the southland area this year - my bees are loving it We haven't had much rain and I've noticed the bees are gathering around the edges of our sheep troughs, more so this year than in the past, to get the water that they need.
  18. I recently read an article where the cell raising bar is placed in the hive the day before to warm to hive temperature and take on the hive's scent. The cell cups with the larvae are then placed in the cell raising bar the following day. The claim for this is less rejections. I've never bothered with this, but wondered if others have tried this method and have noticed differing results.
  19. National register. Some think that as the council is part of a government department then there are ways and means of finding out who has got what as far as livestock, poultry and bees go in the township.
  20. I used another hive that was very similair to my first one. I did think that there may be a better take of the grafts if I used the same hive, but I wanted to experiment, so used a different, but similar hive.
  21. The past couple of years I've used Ceracell's metal grafting tool with an okay success rate. I recently heard that a grafting brush was a good tool to use, so in anticipation of getting my success rate up I went ahead and purchased one. Last weekend I grafted using the brush and when I checked the grafts yesterday I was hugely disappointed with what grafts actually took. I grafted again, this time with the metal grafting tool, checked again today and have got a much better success rate. I'm keen to give the Chinese grafting tool a go - the grafting brush will go into my art kit. I have also got the Jenter system, but like others, have found this form of raising queens too restrictive in both time and weather.
  22. Could turn out to be like Gore down here in Southland - no beehives are allowed (and never have been), in the township without a permit. The permit requires signed consent from surrounding neighbours and a $50 fee payable to the local council, with proof of an annual disease check. This has resulted in some people keeping one or two unregistered hives in their backyard.
  23. c. the owner of the beehives must provide evidence on request of the completion of an American Foul Brood (AFB) course. The wording of this by the Whangarei District Council for only being able to keep one or two hives is a bit 'ho hum', as I'm thinking that they want these beekeepers to be Deca holders - which can't be obtained until 12 months of keeping a hive has lapsed. Wouldn't it be better to word it in such a way that the hive owner must produce a certificate of inspection by a Deca Holder.
  24. I've always had 10, as that was what supplied with the first hives I purchased as new. I have continued using the sameamount of frames in each box without any problems as I always use the same supplier for my kitset boxes.
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