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  1. Cheers all I have ordered a stone mortar and pestle and will give it a go an a small trial batch. Definitely want to retain the unique flavour that this honey has so if smashing it to pieces changes the flavour we wont be going any further. I definitely wont be heating my honey up as shown in the video.
  2. Not the answer I was looking for ……. ☹️ Nev not happy <grump grump, stamping of floor with arms folded> I did make up a small seed sample using 10% creamed clover honey and my honey, and all I tasted was the clover. I guess I need to build a honey hot box and just keep it liquid in stead. Why is pohutukawa best?
  3. I have 20kg of a particularly tasty honey which I suspect is a bled containing Macadamia. It has a very dark and almost nutty flavour. Everyone that tries it rave its the best honey they have ever tasted. I no longer let anyone test it because they all want a jar and well …….. The 20kg I have is crystallised in its extraction bucket. I want to cream some, but don't want to "contaminate" it with a seed from a different honey source. How do I make a seed from this honey to then cream a larger portion?
  4. Cheers for that @kaihoka The photo was taken before we did the split and shifted the box forward Just checked the hive and all is back to normal 🙂
  5. Mate came over to help with the lifting and we did a split and relocated the bottom box to the summer setting. This hive had three full depth boxes. It was chocker with bees in all boxes, probably a total of three frames of brood, not much stores, and queen had just started laying a frame in the top box?? No queen cells, not even a play cup. Heaps of drone brood and lots of drones about. I think the queen may have just pulled the spring trigger a little early a month or so back.
  6. If it was in deed a queen that I put back into the hive, she would have only been out for a matter of hours. When I saw her, it was the first time I had seen the out of hive bees in a true cluster (ie more than 1 bee deep). The rest of the time they are only single layer, and very stationary. Will be interesting to see what's inside the hive that's for sure, especially for two inexperienced hobby bee wranglers.
  7. Got a mate coming over Thursday to do the heavy lifting. Will look to do some splits as there are heap of drones around and this will pre-empt any swarming. One of the other hives has picked up its busyness in the last couple of days and is showing similar behaviour this morning at 7:00am with bees struggling to get back into the entrance and forming a scrum on the ground. I might look at putting some landing boards in...?? I have never used the summer settings on the HD bases, always just left the gate wide open summer or winter.
  8. Cheers all I will get someone to come over and put the hive into summer mode and see what happens.
  9. And that photo was taken at 6:30am this morning. Bees on the board were hunkered down and covered in dew, bees at the entrance were ins and outs already started the working day.
  10. There is definitely no queen sitting there normally, normally they are only 1 bee deep.
  11. Hi all I have 3 home hives. All are coming out of winter well, with one going gangbusters. I had back fusion surgery 5 weeks ago so checked all the hives then and had to put a super on the strongest hive as at the time, I didn't think it would go 6 weeks without the extra space. The interesting thing with this hive is that there is a cluster of bees always outside the hive, sitting on the timber support frame for the hive base. This has been going on for a month now. Initially I thought it was just old tired bees that had been ejected from the hive as they are typically very lethargic. However, two days ago they were piled 5-6 deep, and when I pushed a stick through them (I'm not allowed to bend down so couldn't use my finger) they were all roped up like a swarm, and when I managed to move them enough, I swear a queen popped out of the scrum. I got her onto the end of the stick and placed her at the entrance of the hive and she walked in. Today I decided to take an early walk and see if these bees that I see during the day stay out over night, and yes, they do. Single layer of bees, all hankered down braving the elements. What's going on here? The hive is not overcrowded, they have 4 boxes for pete's sake .......... There is no significant number of dead bees laying around. And this has been going on for a month?? Other two hives are behaving as normal, just less active during the day.
  12. I do have a friend that will be helping out in the coming months with spring busyness, but I plan to check the hives tomorrow (weather dependent) so could put it in now, but that's a lot earlier than I would normally plan for.
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