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Michelle L.

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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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!)
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I agree with you both...both have advantages. Just saying ?
  15. Update on my swarm lure hive. This is a small swarm that came my way mid Oct. It has really grown. I moved it from a FD box to a nuc and then back into a full depth box mid Nov. It's got plenty of capped brood and has filled out over 6 frames now. I posted about it here with photos and updated photos from today are below. When I first had this hive I could spot the queen quite easily. However it got harder when more bees hatched out. I was happy enough to accept that I didn't need to see the queen, there was plenty of eggs and larve so that was good enough. Since then I've had @glynn come out to mark queens in my other two hives, just to help me out in case they superceed in the future. It was awesome having him look through! So helpful and I learnt about using the weight of the frames and where eggs and brood were to help determine where the queen might be. He gave me some home work to try and track down the queen in the single FD box. Sogame on this morning, bees were out in force, no wind, perfect for a bit of queen hunting. Took me a while but found her finally!!! Bent down to get phone camera...couldn't see her anywhere!!! Didn't give up and located her again...she was very fast. Kept moving from one side of the frame to the other. Couldn't get her to stay still so I just watched. I realised she was trying to go down whichever angle I tipped the frame. Interesting! Finally got a couple of snaps....yayyyy! Thanks @glynn and crew I learnt heaps yesterday...here she is and some of her handywork ☺
  16. Actually I just looked up the price of heat guns....jolly cheap. I think this will save me a lot of gas ??
  17. Would a creme brulee torch work? Might run out of gas too quickly though?
  18. Hi everyone, This thread has been a good read. Lots of info. I'm hoping to get some honey off my two nucs I got back in November. One is 3 FD boxes high and the other is currently at 2 FD boxes...it may well need the 3rd box on as I haven't been able to open them up for 2 weeks. I've been doing some reading on extraction, I'm not interested in selling but would like to extract and give a jar of honey to everyone for wedding favours. The rules say you can't give it away? Do I need to have it extracted by someone who is licenced? It's pretty confusing! I won't most likely take honey off until after the 31st Dec, I'm located in chch...I think tutu risk is low here?...but do I need to get it tested? Also I've been reading how much honey I need to leave on the hive for over wintering. It seems the majority of people don't harvest a hive in its first year unless it's strong/good flow. Being a new beek I'm not sure what strong is! Should I wait and hope they get to 4FD boxes high? E.g. two brood and two honey supers and leave them a full super each of honey for winter. (I think I'll winter down to one brood box...but that's something else to figure out! So much learning!). Thanks for any advice and sorry the questions just keep coming! ☺
  19. Sorry it was @Rob Stockley who recommended me the mask. Been watching too many YouTube clips of @Trevor Gillbanks ? I'd love a clip on using the vaporizer with the new hive doctor smart bases ? the trevs bees clips are fantastic! I guess I just lever the boxes above and ease the vaporizer in?
  20. Thanks for all your replies. I ended up getting the one in the box like Trevs.I was going to try it out last weekend but he wind was blowing a gale.so I decided to wait. I was a bit worried they were running out of room, so did a hive inspection instead. Now that I'm happy they have room I'll give them a treatment. ☺
  21. Hmmm, I sort of have to resist panicking with my thin blue gloves on. I know I can get stung through them...but I manage to convince myself they are sting proof. There's been a couple of times that the air in the glove feels like the Buzz of a bee, freaks me out. Then on Sunday a bumble bee decided my nice blue gloves were super attractive while I was holding the jolly frame. I was waving and carrying on (as slow as I could mind you) to get it off my hand. Had to put the frame down in the end. Ah give it a few months and I might try no gloves. I'm still pretty clumsy with the hive tool etc, it doesn't feel like second nature just yet.
  22. I'm not so brave just yet, it's tempting in this heat though! Weighing the risk of stings vs comfort. Nah I'll stick with a cold beer after my hard graft of two hives ?
  23. Yes I'm terrified my smoker might cause a fire, I put it on stones in a container. It's meant to rain on Wednesday, lets hope it does all day!
  24. On Sunday I opened up the two nucs I bought in early Nov. The first hive (on the right) is going well, still has some undrawn frames on the outsides of both boxes. It's my first season keeping bees. And on this day I learnt a great lesson. In a NW wind...honey frames with partially drawn comb are rather light...even with bees on. I had a couple frames stacked on the far side of the hive as I worked. Along came a gust of wind, over went my frames....the girls were not at all happy with me! So after my keep calm talk to myself, the cloud of angry bees made their way back to the hive. Again I couldn't see the queen, but there's eggs and larve a plenty. Decided not to give them another box just yet. Put hive back together and onto hive two (hive on left). This hive seems the stronger of the two, I complety underestimated the weight of the top box, nearly dropoed the thing lifting it off! Ahhh the teachings of te hives to the newbie, bet the bees had a chuckle. I would have two had i not been sweating to death in my suit, it was pushing high 20s before midday. This hive has more drawn comb, lots of eggs and larve....and a queen cup. Tried to take photos and kind of failed, hard to see with veil and sunlight while trying to control things in the wind. Doesnt look to have anything in it, but quite tricky to see. Anywho I decided to add another box on this hive as everything's pretty close to being full, lots of capped honey. ? Hopefully this next box will be full up by the end of the season, fingers crossed.
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