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  1. Oh geez James thats a bit rough, didn't appreciate it was that bad for you.... For my past season I've treated in Spring, December, Feb and also now (not everywhere, just where needed) and I'll leave it now to Spring again. I've barely seen a mite. I can only think levels in your hives were high when the last round of staples went in. You are right though it is very tough with the honey market the way it is and dealing with that 💩
  2. The hives had high mite loads and viruses. Treatments went in but the hives most affected by viruses didn't make it. It is not to do with the oxalic/glycerine treatment. You can also see on that staple on the bottom photo how little bee traffic has been in contact with it. I had hives this time last year that got smashed and the viruses lingered all through Winter and through Spring and they only really recovered early this year, the viruses are the problem.... Also that survivor hive is only around three frames of bees so It must have been smashed pretty bad if it was a full hive before. Today I got around some sites I wanted to re-treat, they had staples in Feb, but they were so clean when I was shaking I didn't bother putting fresh ones in.
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  5. If I lift brood above the excluder in Spring and there is a top entrance, I can often get a mated Queen up there making a mess in the honey boxes. I cant see how it is any good apart from providing more brood to make up more nucs at the cost of honey.....also scraping brood out of honey supers / frames so you can get honey is really time consuming having to check all the frames and scrape them, i'll only do it if there is only a little brood.
  6. The other one I hear of is putting a cell in the honey supers during the flow, but surely then all you end up with is brood in the supers or a drone layer if she can't get out....?
  7. Quite an odd situation. When you introduce the new Queen perhaps leave her in the cage on a frame laid flat with bees on it and see what reaction you get. Better still drop her out of the cage into the frame. If Queenless in Auckland at this time of year they should have made cells. I do see from time to time a Queen that is mated but just won’t lay so must have some non obvious physical reason. You need to be careful she is not still in there.
  8. 15 frames with brood on them is pretty outrageous for this time of year...we may have to do some Queen swaps 😉 I think whether people are treating in Winter depends on their own hive status. For me, I treated in Jan/Feb with staples, made up a couple of hundred nucs that got a staple at the same time. For @Gino de Graaf nucs were mated on three sites, cell in each, and saw no problems with mating and the staples. In Mar/now I'm finishing another round of staples going into hives, and a fresh staple in the nucs. This latest round is to protect against the mite bombs/re-invasion. The hives/nucs are all going to be clean so I won't be putting anything in this Winter, and then coming out of Winter I'll shake and test and see where they are at then, and treat if necessary, but try and delay it until it is needed to be done..
  9. If I see this I run my hive tool through it and destroy it and often, not always, there is a wax moth grub underneath it that I then squash. Sometimes you can have several bees grouped together trying to exit their cells, and they can't seem to get out. If you pull them out you will notice they have no wings. It is my theory that wax moth removes their wings as it squirms up and down the side of the cell. Others options, varroa hygience, or a Queen genetic issue.
  10. If it were me....I'd move the hive to another spot preferably off-site but if not possible then at least 10 metres away and face the entrance in another direction....and reduce the entrance down to one bee width and definitely do not feed them syrup or give them honey. You need to stop the robbing first. Then, if that eases off try feeding them with a ziplock bag and some syrup in it and a pinhole in the bag that they can access. That should help. And then you really need to reassess the Queen, she could be stuffed and hence no fresh brood, or, they've come under sustained robbing pressure and she has stopped laying due to that. When the bees are in this state then tend to bunch together around any brood and ignore the robbing chaos around them but do nothing. Even given doing the above is it marginal whether they will get through, so if you are determined to get them through you could add some bees and brood from another hive once they've stabilised. If you do add bees and brood, you may need to drop the Queen in a cage, unless the original bee numbers outweigh the new bee numbers, as the new bees may assassinate her otherwise.
  11. How are you going with manuka sale this year Maru - multi and mono?
  12. I opened up a hive and saw a mite running across brood today so thought there'd be trouble with the hive but no other visible mites, no DWV, great brood pattern, and I sugar shaked out just 1. These were the first two mites I'd seen in two weeks. Got fresh staples into them and the site should be good until August.
  13. About this time last year two of my best five sites, both with mostly strong hives, we getting smashed with varroa they were picking up from somewhere. I lost half of the hives on each site and what were left were sick hives that limped through Spring. It was mainly my fault - I was on top of the mites on these sites and got complacent. Just as bad, my own hives no doubt became mite bombs of their own and affected other people's hives. I'm keeping a watchful eye this season and all is OK so far....
  14. The Winter feeding question is an interesting one. I've not done it before, not wanting to burn the bees out, and taking onboard the comments of some of the v experienced bk's to not do it. Then if you follow something like @dansar's successful nuc feeding and build-up regime from June 1st (last season I think) it makes me wonder....
  15. He did mention he had an Epipen. This was an extra thing to do. I have a land owner who got stung and had to be rushed into the med centre with breathing problems. The med centre sent him home with anti-histamines and he was told to take them if he was stung again. That advice is a bit different to your view. I have a family member who if he is coming out drops an antihistamine as he has swollen up a bit in the past (sometimes) with stings, so suitable in his case.
  16. It may be worth taking an antihistamine or two before working the bees, that should help if you do get stung....
  17. Rob are you running carniolan Queens from David Yanke, or an Italian line?
  18. It is interesting to know you are OK though with people struggling or going out of business, but I am talking about at a humanitarian level. At an industry level it is no doubt a good thing.
  19. It is not a good thing to see anyone struggling or under major financial pressure but the result of it is likely to be a drop in hive numbers/density which may make things better for those who are still in it a few more years down the track.
  20. My cell take in the starter has been declining over the last week. I might need to do some more work on it, but are generally others finding it more difficult now to get cells going?
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