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    Beeeees
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  1. Kaihoka, it would be interesting to get a picture of beekeeping at the turn of the 19th C. There would have been yards for fruit crop pollination and hives as part of mixed farming and everyday domestic honey production. But then properties were probably several miles apart anyway.
  2. I suppose I'm looking for opinion as much as solutions here and I must point out I'm not blaming but observing. I had an apiary that I was slowly building up a few km to the West of us that did have 10 healthy hives. Three years ago a commercial operation started up on the boundary with more than 50 hives, I'm down to two hives. My mate down the road had four hives at the start of this season and similarly had a commercial move in with more than fifty hives. He's down to one hive and I don't think that will last. The robbing has been furious. Out at my apiary I know the other beekeeper in that valley just packed up and left, but down the road it's a bit more suburban and there are dozens of hobby keepers. They will all be under threat from the big operation, who will be getting a good late autumn crop of honey but also varroa and other disease. Presumably over time all of these hobby hives will be killed off. I imagine the commercial keeper in the latter area will have a few bad years with the diseases and parasites but that will be offset by the extra honey and then will have the area to himself. I could rant on about licensing and maximum number of hives to an area but I'm a hobbyist and I can find another hobby, it's not my livelihood. If the commercialisation of beekeeping does reduce the number of hobbyists there will still be the same number of bees pollinating the fruit trees and flowers which is why I took up the hobby but there will be a reduction in the diversity of approach to keeping bees and a reduction of respect for these beekeepers.
  3. Saw 'Honeyland' at the Rialto last night, a Macedonian docudrama about traditional beekeeping versus fly by night unsustainable keeping. Amazing photography, took three years to make can't recommend it highly enough.
  4. We had a look at the hive this morning with some trepidation but all was well. The queen was free of mites. There was some discussion as to weather carnolians are so chilled out that they forgot to groom the queen. Whatever, there was a distinct improvement in brood pattern and activity in the hive. Quite a few wasps about so stopped the entrance down. Happy with that.
  5. Thanks Alistair fortunately no obvious signs of disease. I was worried that the Queen would be compromised though and perhaps set off superceedure which may not be ideal with fresh strips in.
  6. Just that, a blimmin great bug stuck on HRH's dot. I was going to do a Co2 test on the hive but when I saw this I just put strips in there and then. But is it too late? Does anyone have experience with this problem and if so how did it turn out?
  7. Hm. Got lots of unpleasant gel like honey, if that's Manuka I'm sending it to China. No rewa rewa (drought stops the flow apparently) or flax (no flowers) this year at all, not much Kanuka in spite of the huge flowering. I did get two frames of very sweet yellow gold honey that I can only think is the cabbage tree honey and I'm keeping it seperate for the winter. ive just loaded up the wee gun with co2 to try out for varroa counting. Does anybody have experience with the system and opinion to its effectiveness? I hope it's good as I don't like sugar shakes and won't do alcohol wash.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. NZ beekeepers not NZ fencing forum, so the best way to do this job is to dismantle the fence.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
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