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  1. It's not the right time of year for reproductive swarming, I'd think they were supersedure. Sometimes spare bees build these cells and don't do anything with them. Some beeks call them play cells. The bees probably know something about their Q that you don't. You mention a Q cell with grub in it. If it was my hive I'd leave them alone to do their thing, maybe have another look in a couple of weeks..see what happens.
  2. No he means they're all intact and not open with boxes spread everywhere. Ie nothing needs doing urgently.
  3. I don't know if this is what you want to hear but I recall the site was once straightforward simple and intuitive. Last year or so it's gotten fatter with features no-one understands and steadily less intuitive. Going forward I vote for simplicity.
  4. More than one or two vines got shredded by the hail the other day I believe.
  5. One way to render rata a bit more palatable, blend it with flax.....
  6. Yes, we all know about declarations.
  7. Waddayou on about now, a patch of Rata or an ostrich ?
  8. You'd better be quick before James weakens & floods the market.
  9. In contrast to a lot of people I've had the most marvellous year ! Thanks to covid emptying a lot of roads down south the motorcycling has been very enjoyable, and also thanks to lockdown I've had a lot more to do with our local community, and thanks to Jacinda (take that Trev) my pension has kept rolling in.....not the tiniest grump from me. Happy New Year All.
  10. Are you still keen on this stuff in March when your gumboots are full of it ?
  11. Neighbours in court in the 'Naki.... Neighbours at war: Beekeeper blocked from accessing farm | Stuff.co.nz WWW.STUFF.CO.NZ A court has refused to intervene after a beekeeper's neighbour put a padlock over access to his land.
  12. So are MPI actively investigating using dogs ?
  13. I'm waiting to see what effect on my2 hive harvest the dissapearance of 40 hives from the neighbour's place will have.....maybe counteracted a bit by an average kanuka season...
  14. It happens most years doesn't it ?
  15. Agree. And all sorts of people with very strange values live in Queenstown.
  16. I haven't been able to find any references to nectar. have found this though .... Fruit/Nectar calendar for native wildlife - Te Motu Kairangi - Miramar ecological restoration WWW.TEMOTUKAIRANGI.CO.NZ
  17. If it's anything like mine it's laziness. Much easier to go buy new ones.
  18. It's called "washboarding" and no-one knows what they're doing.
  19. If it were my hive I'd leave the strips in, and let the bees keep all the honey they gather. (It's generally not a good idea to have treatment in place while honey is being gathered if the honey is to be harvested, although Bayvarol is less likely to end up in the honey than other treatments)
  20. I can see it now, an overloaded ute full of vegans towing a trailer with a bent drawbar loaded with top bar hives that are still wrapped with a "Sold" sign. Merry Xmas or Bah Humbug to you All.
  21. A hive that size is bigger than the pauperish things I manage to maintain. I was curious to know if you already had a couple of full boxes of honey, or if you had a heap of brood, but never mind.
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