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Michelle L.

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About Michelle L.

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  1. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

    Sorry, you're right, I should have. I just thought since it was raw, maybe there was something I could do that would make it more like store bought honey. Filter, heat etc.
  2. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

    Hi all, I've contacted my local honey extraction company and am going to have a chat with them tomorrow. Will get a test done for tutin. But I have to agree with beeresearch above. It makes no sense that some of us reacted and others not. My friend who reacted has had this happen with honey before. Just not to such a severe degree. He said that some cheeses can do it to him as well. My feeling is, its likely his son is sensitive in the same way as himself, just to a lesser degree. Will still be good to talk to the experts as well as a tutin test.
  3. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

  4. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

    Hi tommy dave, It was extracted about 2 weeks after I harvested it. 10 frames, 7 off one hive and 3 off the one right beside it. I stored the box inside in a cool room, then took it to a friend's place who had a 4 frame extractor in their garage. We used an electric hot knife to uncap and then spun into brand new food grade buckets through a double sieve. Has since been stored in my laundry in these buckets. Its odd that my partner and I along with others have eaten it with no trouble and even on the day out of the 4 of us 2 reacted to it. Does anyone know what the commercial process is for processing honey, its heated to what temperature? Does it go through a finer sieve to take out any pollen particles? Most of the frames were either fully capped or had a small amount of brood in the bottom centre.
  5. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

    Ok thanks everyone for your advice and feedback. I'll get it tested. Its strange that I've had no reaction. My partner and I had a fair amount of it on toast. I'll also contact some of the commercial honey processors in my area to get their thoughts. I'll report back when I have done so to share my findings. Also when I googled reaction to Honey it did say raw honey can have more pollen, possibly it was a reaction to higher pollen in the honey. Thanks again, Michelle.
  6. Michelle L.

    NZBF Reaction to Honey

    Hi all, I had some friends come over in the weekend and they were very excited to try some of the honey I had recently extracted from my hives. Myself and partner as well as a beekeeper friend and his children who helped me extract it had tried it with no problems. However when my friend and his child tried it yesterday they both reacted to it. His 5year old boy threw up about 5mins after eating a teaspoonful and his Dad had a reaction which was like heart burn with numbness in fingers and legs, about half a teaspoon. We called an ambulance as I wasn't taking any chances, he recovered fully while they were here and his son had no further trouble. My friend thinks its most likely a reaction to the pollen in the honey as he gets quite bad hayfever from pollen. I felt terrible that this happened and was wanting to use this honey as wedding favours/gifts for our wedding later this year....now I'm very unsure. I'm wondering if the honey would be safer pasteurized? Should I get it tested? My friend usually eats store bought honey, and doesn't have any trouble. Does anyone know if or what the process is that potentially makes store bought honey milder/safer. Thanks I welcome any advice, Michelle.
  7. Michelle L.

    NZBF Queen Cup with grub advice

    Update: Found the queen on the first frame #winning! Then tried and failed to locate the queen cup. Started to second guess which of my hives I had even seen it in. Decided I was out of my depth and should just add another box as all frames were drawn out and had either eggs, larve or honey. Found a nice frame of mainly uncapped nectar and moved that to top box. Returned queen frame (visually found and admired her hehe) back to bottom box and added a frame of undrawn foundation to outside of box. I guess I'll get to do a split in the future instead. Thanks again for everyone's advice, i will know my options if i come across this situation in the future.
  8. Michelle L.

    NZBF Queen Cup with grub advice

    Thanks for your input @cBank and @Dave Black. I think I'll go ahead and give it a try. At worst the bees may destroy the queen cell and I am back to one queen. Either way it will be good learning for me. Wish me luck... Finding the queen is getting easier but still takes some time. I'll update as time goes on. Thanks again, Michelle.
  9. Michelle L.

    NZBF Queen Cup with grub advice

    Oh gosh! I had completely overlooked this! Thank you for pointing this out. What if I found the current mated queen and put her with half the frames in a top box above excluder?
  10. Michelle L.

    NZBF Queen Cup with grub advice

    Hehe at looting - it had crossed my mind ? I wasn't going to block the top box off completely... Could I just use an excluder to separate the two queen's until the Queen cup Queen hatches... Then transfer to a nuc and move further away to stop workers returning to their old hive? This is not something I had considered doing until it was mentioned yesterday... The thought of creating another hive is an exciting prospect! However I have no idea how to go about it...it seems theres a number of ways. Would an excluder alone work? The bees would all still go through the one entrance...or will that cause fighting?
  11. Hi everyone, I posted saying the other day how happy I was with how my small swarm had grown out to nearly filling a FD box (under general beekeeping). While I was having a look through the hive I saw a shallow queen cup with a grub inside. I was unsure if this would grow in to a queen as it wasn't long like a peanut... Do they add to it as it grows? The next day I attended a local bee club and mentioned this to one of the beekeepers. He said I could move the frame with the cup up to a second box and put an excluder between, to create another queen/hive. He mentioned putting corflute(for sale sign) in between the boxes (on top of the excluder). I'm keen to give this a try but dont have any corflute (I see its available at bunnings, so can get some if its reccomend). Is it too risky to just use an excluder alone? Do the two queens pheromones mix and cause confusion/fighting? Thanks for any advice, Michelle (and yes I have a case of serious hive creep fever!)
  12. Michelle L.

    January 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Just been out checking the hive that I call my swarm hive. It came my way via a swarm lure I set up last year. Its so rewarding seeing the colony grow from barely covering half a frame to now nearly filling out one FD box. They are just drawing out the last frame, eggs in most of the cells, solid capped brood frame after frame.... Things are about to kick off and get busy! I also managed to spot Mrs Queen. Its my first year keeping bees and its been great to learn so much about these fascinating insects. Now to de-propolise my phone... What a sticky business... Didn't help that I had to put the code in three times... Arhhh gloves hehe!
  13. Michelle L.

    Bees and horses

    I keep my bees next to a horse paddock and riding arena. No problems at all. I have had horses over 20yrs and never heard of bees going for horses sweat. I've also never had a horse that has been stung. They can react to mosquito bites and come up in a lump, bee stings might be similar however horses innately know how to deal with nature and seem to keep away. If your hives are fenced and the horse's can move away from them I wouldn't be worried.
  14. Michelle L.

    December 2017 Beekeeping Diary

    Good point. It would of been to the darker side. She eventually stayed on the same side if I tilted the frame to get to walk 'down'....got her more or less in the middle of tge frame doing that. If you try it let me know if your queen does it too...navigates downward.
  15. Michelle L.

    December 2017 Beekeeping Diary

    I agree with you both...both have advantages. Just saying ?
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