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  1. New Zealand swarm dates for season 2017/18

    I wouldn't have minded if someone had shown interest in my $100 swarm nucs on TM this week
  2. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    I would call that eminently sensible
  3. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    The question actually was how can you be sure of a zero count when the most accurate wash is still only something like 98% affective.
  4. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    Maybe so, but how accurate is it ?
  5. October 2017 Apiary Diary

    What's the margin of error with your wash regime?
  6. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    For crying out loud ! What's that from Dan on the previous page a ham sandwich ?
  7. What's happened to these swarms?

    In my experience it's easy to accelerate swarm collection while sacrificing very few. I use a 2 litre ice cream container, and every time a bunch re-forms I bash them into the container & tip them onto the landing board of my swarm box, which is a lightweight 6 frame nuc box with a hinged lid and mesh floor. I keep meaning to get some airfreshener to spray where they still smell the Q but haven't got round to it yet. I take an hour tops to collect 98% of any swarm. And I have found that a high swarm in a tree will often reform lower down if you bash the mass loose with something. I know TG has a vacuum cleaner instead of an ice cream container.
  8. Swarm City

    Don't know. Five more there at the moment, and he was up yesterday playing with them.
  9. New Zealand swarm dates for season 2017/18

    Swarm city again, five clumps hanging around, and that was before lunch. I've run out of gear. I have a Q breeding mate up the valley, I rode through one of his swarms coming back from coffee. He's had so many in spite of his best efforts he's given up retrieving them. Much worse this season than the last few.
  10. Syrup, thick or thin ?

    White crystal sugar is a waste of time. It sets hard after a bit of humidity and the bees can't use it. Raw sugar is the only dry feed.
  11. NZBF Springtime feeding

    If they were mine from what you say I'd keep an eye on the space the Q has available for laying, and otherwise leave them to it. I'm not a fan of feeding for the heck of it. Unless they're totally skint and arctic cyclone holyhell is heading your way for the next week.
  12. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    He probably doesn't think he is. It's NZBees covering it's A
  13. NZBF Springtime feeding

    If they're filling out their boxes nicely you possibly should be making sure they don't get too big too fast & swarm on you. It's not the right time of year to be encouraging buildup unless you're a commercial with a specific plan. How big are these hives, how many boxes, how many frames of brood, how many frames of stores ? What are your immediate plans for your bees ?
  14. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    Thank you for this Mr Desperate ! Welcome to the forum !
  15. NZBF Springtime feeding

    It depends completely on how well stocked your bees are. How much honey/nectar do they have stashed away ? Welcome to the forum !
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