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Everything posted by anniiee

  1. Thank you everyone, yes lots of brood so I'll put a feeder on tonight :-)
  2. Probably a stupid question but my hives have used up all their stores I'm currently feeding them feedbee patties, do I need to also feed them sugar syrup? I'd assumed not because I made the patties with sugar syrup but they don't seem to be storing any?
  3. I'll rephrase my question, yes I know that it is for safety reasons that it is removed, I just wondered whether given that we have a significant wasp problem whether anyone leaves it in for anything different to the recommendation. I'll follow the recommendations and put some cat food out following this just to check
  4. I've seen a few in the past week, trying to pick the bees out that are in the grass below the hive. I have put vespex out this weekend as I lost hives to the wasps last autumn. How long do you leave it out for ? I know the recommendation is that you throw it away after 8 days, just wondering if this is sufficient time.
  5. They have lots of space I'd left a honey box on for them through winter which has all gone so the brood is mainly up there now with a half empty super below. I had wondered whether I should swap the supers around
  6. I'm in Auckland and have plenty of drones already
  7. Hi everyone, Checking through the hives today and one of them have a few odd looking cells, they don't look like queen cells but are they the start of them, or the start of swarm cells ? there were two on this frame a couple on other frames all at the bottom. There was one in the middle of a frame. There is plenty of brood in the hive saw the queen who looks healthy should I be thinking about doing a split ? They swarmed last year want to prevent it if I can this year Thank you
  8. He said she was mated last autumn I will ring him. Thank you
  9. No she's not marked but easily identifiable. She's a lot smaller than my other queen was and very golden coloured. Im not sure he was reputable he seemed a very friendly knowledgeable guy that's all I can say
  10. No there's no eggs or brood the guy I bought her from said to leave her two weeks before opening up the hive. No it wasn't a split, when checking the hive at the end of winter I realised id lost the Queen as there were no drones around thought no point in putting in a frame of eggs. After several checks I started looking for a mated Queen and thought I'd found one. I'm now wondering if she is a Virgin queen.
  11. She was a new mated Queen that I put in 2 weeks ago.
  12. Mystery solved, decided to open up the hive and take a look inside. Nothing looked amiss other than couldn't find the queen. Decided to knock the bees from the front into a separate box and take a look, and hey presto there was the queen. This queen has only been in the hive two weeks, hoping that she isn't deciding she wants to leave ! Queen is safely back inside the hive along with most of the other bees that were on the front. There's still a few straggelers that I'm guessing can still smell her pheromone on the front.
  13. Hello everyone, Came home from work yesterday evening to bees bunched up outside the hive it was 11 degrees so not too warm. This morning there were still bees there but less in numbers and quite a few dead on the floor. Arrived back home at lunch time to find even more joining this bundle of bees. Should I put them back into the hive? Do you think the Queen might be under them? MOV_0036.mp4
  14. This is a hive that was robbed out, (they were weak to start with due to high wasp numbers) when checking in autumn all the honey stores that had been left were gone. This is why I thought I needed to feed them to ensure they make it through winter.
  15. Hi everyone, I've seen posts stating people feed using dry raw sugar. I wondered when you would use dry compared to using syrup? I've been giving mine 2:1 syrup but they aren't taking it the same as they were a few weeks ago, so wondered whether I should change?
  16. I have my husband on wasp swatting while I'm checking the hive. I'm also in the Waitakeres they are terrible at the moment
  17. Didn't see anything no deformed wings, no dead brood emerging etc obviously I have missed it, no chewed capppings when I last inspected. I haven't actually opened up the hive for 3 weeks due to a huge problem with wasps. Thank you all for your replies, another huge lesson learned
  18. Apologies to anyone reading this the Apistan was actually put in October not February :oops:
  19. Apologies I've made a mistake on my earlier post, no I did the apistan in October as soon as I bought the bees as they hadn't been treated. No i've not done a sugar shake that was on my plan for this weekend just to check the oxalic acid was working because I was suspecting it wasn't working as not seen any sign of varroa on the inspection board following treatment. I had planned to start my autumn oxalic acid treatments earlier but circumstances stopped me doing this. Do you think the oxalic acid was started too late ? If so is there something different I should do with my other hives ?
  20. I used Apistan in Feb and left it in for 10 weeks. Then used my first oxalic acid treatment two weeks ago. I had wondered whether it was working because looking at the inspection boards afterwards saw no varroa which surprised me.
  21. We have also had a big problem with wasps in the Waitakere's they have managed to kill one of my weaker hives, but put lots of wasp traps with a mixture of cat food, vinegar, sugar and juice. They are all full of wasps, still plenty more around though
  22. Hi everyone, Went down to just look at the hives this morning, only to find no activity whatsoever from my strongest hive. So suited up and opened it up only to find the queen and maybe 20 or so bees with her, all the rest have gone. And strangely she was in the top box, never seen her up there previously she is usualy in the bottom two brood boxes. There is plenty of honey on the hive a box and a half full, no signs of disease that I can tell. I gave the second treatment of oxalic acid on Tuesday and all seemed ok then. Any ideas ?
  23. Thank you did the test this morning waiting for my registration number now will then order some. In the waiting time I've put some wasp traps around the hives fingers crossed its enough.
  24. I've just been looking at that thank you, yes they are already back trying to get into one of my hives :mad:.
  25. Thank you everyone for your replies, on further inspection there is still the Queen in there so I put a feeder in as suggested only to see lots of wasps just happily going in through the entrance even though there's a robbing screen in place. I opened up the hive other than no bees at the feeder only wasps the other wasps were just picking bees off. So I have taken the frames of bees out put them into a nuc with a frame of honey from another hive and moved it away. What an awful situation, I noticed this morning the wasps are back trying to get into one of the other hives. All my hives have r
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