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Apihappy last won the day on August 5 2019

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  1. Home hives. Hive B. I have AFB protocols on since recognising the disease in late winter. I had to take off the honey and put in varroa strips because of DWV. So hive B. has 3 x 3/4 brood, 2 semi capped supers, wets and cappings plus strips. Have to clean everything down and sort hive C. tomorrow, D on Friday. The perils of living in a valley with hundreds of hives. I will certainly have to treat again in Autumn. Delicious bitter sweet honey though.
  2. don't know what the parochial Gisborne term is! gissie. But how is it pronunciated? Gizbin or Gizbon, asking for a Wellington friend who lives in Eastbourne.
  3. NZ beekeepers not NZ fencing forum, so the best way to do this job is to dismantle the fence.
  4. I've never seen such a sea of white below the snow line. The hives in the manuka valley each have one 3/4 full of the hard to extract honey. So extraordinary for flowers but maybe not so much for nectar? The kanuka is a different prospect, I know this has a solid flow and is the mainstay. btw. Saw a pohutukawa with bright green flowers at the flank of lion rock at Piha yesterday, it was being pollinated exclusively by native solitary bees, a wonderful sight.
  5. It's been the most extraordinary manuka flowering in the Waitakeres. and it looks to be followed by the Kanuka. The rewa rewa was a bit of a flop though, in this valley at least. I should have run out of supers by now but everywhere I look there are apiaries sharing the nectar.
  6. I think these bees came from Gt Barrier island and after reading up on bee species, they are possibly Italian x German or apis melifera melifera, apparently both species are pretty chill but together, 💥. John Berry neatly covers the question I came up with ie are such dastardly insects useful elsewhere, the answer being, yes Germany. ive got a nice new carnolian queen lined up and I'm going to shift the hive to lose the grumpy old ######s as Alister suggests. Thanks again.
  7. Thank you for the replies. I have never experienced such aggressive bees. I would be concerned that the hive might reject a new queen. Is the procedure any different to requeening for a failing hive?
  8. Hi, I helped out a friend down the road with a swarms split yesterday. He has three and a half hives now. The hive we were working on has jet black bees and they were attacking us like wasps. At one point my veil was completely obscured by bees. Inevitably we got a few stings and my mate ended up at the doctors getting drugs and was put under observation for the afternoon. They have advised that the next one could be the big one and perhaps to look for a new hobby. What is is the best plan for his apiary? It obviously has to be moved but the bees are awful. There are three double brood boxes with a couple or supers each so not easy to move.
  9. I'm not sure that breeding for phenotypic variation is possible or desirable in relation to the swarming characteristics of honey bees. Taken to its logical conclusion a non swarming hive would either starve from overpopulation or die out when the queen stopped laying. In real terms a non swarming breed would be a strain of queen that had slow egg laying characteristics, which may or may not suit your needs as a beekeeper.
  10. To clarify and repeat, In my world there are two types of Queen cell, swarm cells and superceedure cells. If the latter, the bees know best and I leave them to it. If it's a swarm cell, you know wax, egg, royal jelly I move the old queen out and grow a new queen. That's how I reequeen, I do not find this method scary or dangerous.
  11. Yes it's a standard text. The point of the thread is queen raising and I do this by using swarm cells not by buying or bartering from a queen breeder, to lose the bees in the process is poor hive management, which is the primary mechanism for the spread of AFB.
  12. Swarm cells make new queens and if managed don't spray bees around the neighbourhood . If you are in a high AFB area the worry is an AFB weakened hive being robbed by your own bees.
  13. On the other side of the ledger, the stock response to almost any fluctuation in hive dynamics is to requeen. Who started that nonsense? And my least favourite the queens that have a 'tendency to swarm', well if they didn't we'd all be in trouble. Obviously a commercial beekeeper is going to need commercial quantities of queens under some circumstances but they aren't going to be buying $10 queens from nigelgoodbuzz123 at trade me, they will be using established sources. As a hobbyist I vote for superceedure, swarming and good hive management.
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