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  1. So in anticipation when I packed them down for winter, every box (2 x 3/4) got 4 staples. Between work & weather I really struggle to get meaningful access from April onwards. But wherever the cluster goes, there will be staples
  2. Wow, very interesting. Can’t wait for my recap course. Be an interesting academic exercise to test a frame. But could be very disappointing for @BRBtoo, so might not be worth the anxiety.
  3. Glad to hear those kits work. Did my AFB course, went straight out & got one... AFB is a sly dog, I want all the tricks
  4. Weather gods and my schedule have prevented a check now for 2-3 weeks. I wintered down 4’weeks ago effectively. Just need a sunny still day, 🤞
  5. So this year I got no honey at all... But ive learnt about swarming, queen failure, varoa and wasp pressure. I’ve also rediscovered the fun of local honey, yum. Nothing better than going out for a coffee and leaving with an extra treat for later. Or being given a sympathy jar from a more successful colleague at work Get out out there and buy local.
  6. 2 hives ¾ frames 10 frames boxes. No blower and before you know it you’ll have enough gear for 4 hives, 3 nucs 2 turtle doves & a partridge in a pear tree
  7. 90k/hr. That’s almost 50kts! Your hives must be well strapped down
  8. @MissOlivia please read everything above... and apologies for the long, but necessary post, below. You are making the same mistakes I did. I spent all summer umming and arring then finally taking the plunge too late. First dead hive. Finding an in the flesh mentor is hard. And you ignore the lessons/advice on this site at your peril And you’re not alone. I was in ecrotek the other day buying syrup for winter feeding, and they were selling starter packs to newbeeks! If those hives had AFB/Varroa that a newbie could spot off a pamphlet cram session, having not understood the difference between visiting and resident populations, then they are already dead and should be burned. Do not buy a hive this season. It will die. Do join a club, they have hives to teach you in. And usually some nice member will/can sell you a cheap healthy nuc when they’re readily available. Do not buy hives off TradeMe. If you do, take a befriended experienced beek with you. Do the AFB course. In time you may even do a revision course and get your deca. Do get registered. A good beek won’t even sell a hive to an unregistered keeper. Do get more than one hive, ie two. Comparison between hives has been my biggest learning booster. Think about out where your second apiary will be, sometimes it’s necessary to move a hive. Do read the book book recommended above. @Trevor Gillbanks has the most relevant videos for New Zealand. And The Norfolk Honey Company, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNorfolkHoneyCo , is an excellent series too. That should be ample to get you started. Then look at The Apiarist (blog) and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3mjpM6Av4bxbxps_Gh5YPw if your run out of stuff. If if you don’t make the same mistakes I did you will enjoy next season a lot more and waste less money. please don’t see not starting this year as a failure or missed opportunity. You are saving yourself a lot of hassle and will be ready for next season.
  9. Something is wrong, and changing your base won’t be the solution sorry
  10. my bees fly their corridors. But because of a fence they tend to go up first which means you’re not buzzed all the time.
  11. @Trevor Gillbanks how embarrassing. I had a boy’s look and missed yours.
  12. https://youtu.be/k95CrnTSTCY and all these videos are worth watching too.
  13. As any boatie will tell you, ventilation is the key to dampness. Although having a better roof, for us noncemmercials, is always going to help. It’s a lack of ventilation that allows moisture to trapped in the hive. Polystyrene sheeting prevents condensation, but it’s not going to help with humidity. I have a modest hole in my top cover, mesh and a ventilated box above it. In winter I leave a sack up too to soak up the condensation and it dries during the day with cross ventilation. Works a treat on my hives down here in Canterbury (they’re kept in an area called Marshlands, need I say more😉) interestingly, my top feeders are causing a real condensation problem at the moment. They must be blocking the ventilation and bringing more water into the hive.
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