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Mummzie last won the day on May 13 2019

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  1. A workmates shed has a bucket of sand he uses in lieu of trapsing back to the house to pee. Bees have been attracted to it since spring . Each Monday I get the 'Bee Pee " report. I recently posted a photo of the bees mining damp potting mix.
  2. I have my mating nucs on the front deck where we can watch them This year we watched sparrows line up at the side and occasionally dart across the front of the nucs, taking a tasty mouthful on the way. The same was happening at the big hives too
  3. @ChrisM- along with liking a lot of what you said and do regarding being a responsible human to the planet, I would like to know if you have ever used the wood pellets in your bee smoker? I have some pellets (I think a Mann Lake product) I got from one of the suppliers and they are great for a one hive inspection. I wonder how they differ from the standard pellet?
  4. Is the garden centre stuff the same strains of BT? It seems very specific. I would be very surprised if something that promising hadn't had further testing over the 2+ years since publishing. Good info on spraying onto stored comb.....does anyone here do it?
  5. A teatowel and garden Diary....not all that much use for beekeeping, but bee related. I hope you all had a good Christmas.
  6. Its all learning, but if you can get to stand beside other beeks, its accelerated somewhat. And don't forget to read the Matheson book of words at least 3 times. Comments- If possible , do most of your hive work while the field bees are out working. At 7.30 they had just returned from a hard day in the fields and then you turned up!! The wind wont have helped- they aren't too happy if the weather is changing for the worse. The QE only excludes the queen and the stingless drones. When you take a hive apart, it pays to stack the boxes into the upside down lid and put the crown board over the removed boxes. Then you have only one open box. You have confirmed you have a laying queen which is good. Other than getting a couple more frames from box 2 up into the honey area - making sure to not take Her Maj and preferably not brood, you should be able to leave it for a bit. You don't have to do this, but will get a better result if you do. Alternative is just remove the QE- On a nice day- open them to see if their temperament remains grumpy. If yes, seriously look for a new Q Good luck
  7. @WebKiwiNZ I use Queen excluders and if there isn't a good flow going, they can act as a barrier just as you have found. Some people describe them as honey excluders. Is the 3rd box all foundation? Assuming yes, what you could do is remove full frames from box 2 and alternate the foundation with drawn frames (keeps the girls from getting creative with their comb drawing) and place the full frames alternately with foundation in box 3. At this time of the year there should be reasonable nectar flows- so feeding is un-necessary and you risk getting sugar flavoured honey. Use of excluder- your choice You probably have more 'followers' than you imagine....many just don't talk.
  8. I agree with the pink puss that cutting down the gear is the better option. That way you don't waste the gear you already have and have everything one size. Its a bit of Pfaffing round but worth it . If that's not what you want- why not have a 2 x FD colony and have 3/4 honey boxes above a QE. At harvest remove the 3/4 box and leave the girls to fill up the upper FD box with honey. They will have a honey arch in the upper box anyway and will backfill as the population starts to reduce. You retain the ability to move frames around between the 2 FD boxes and if you ensure they have the equivalent of a box of honey to go into winter with there should be no need to be worried about food. The 3/4 box is your crop, the rest is for the colony. And much less management by way of monitoring food stores and swarming due to lack of space
  9. I used some 'crunchy' honey to play with a creaming method. I exposed it to heat and got it semi liquid via sun/solar oven. Strained the crystals from the runny honey. Crystals into a mortar and pestle and got a very sore arm pulverising them (20+minutes) As fine as you possibly can. Added back to the liquid honey and placed in the fridge. The resulting creamed honey is smoother than I expected. Only problem is no-one who gets my honey wants it creamed!!!
  10. pity they didn't value add and make kindling. That's a win -win except for the person stolen from. Maybe at this time of year,- Charcoal......
  11. Clever getting her to pose with her work.
  12. was that hive a total lost then? or were you able to rescue some? I presume by now they are clustered and fairly easy pickings for the Marten. I enjoy your posts @Goran- it gives us a look at issues we would never think of.
  13. in my garden alone these are listed as poisonous. Wisteria, Gloriosa Lilly, Swan plants, primroses, Hellebores, Privet, Rhododendron, Arum Lilly, crocus, Foxglove From Nzpcm.org.nz
  14. I also got a similar kit last night, but after an hour+ training course on its use and the symptoms of anaphylaxis. It also covered the appropriate dose for a child, and the possible need for further shots. I would be very cautious of kitting up with the ampule and syringe without training and practice. If you need it for yourself, an epipen is the better choice .https://www.resusnelson.nz/courses-scenario-training/anaphylaxis-training From a different source, I'm told the patent on the Epipen expires in a couple of years....maybe then a functional lifesaver will be affordable.
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