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  1. Just finished "The Honey Factory" It's a great read about bees centred around a scientific approach - but not too overwhelming with science speak. It's written by two German authors, so their approach is quite different from the usual American, Australian or UK descriptions and perspectives. Highly recommend this!
  2. Thanks @deegeebee , I missed your post sorry. I'll get in contact with them. Cheers
  3. Thanks all for your thoughts... ... but back to my original question... Does anyone know of a company or club that has the facility to do 30-50 supers to extract and bottle?
  4. Just thinking ahead to Feb/March 19... we'll have 30-50 supers to extract and bottle Does anyone know of a company or club that has the facility to do this .. it's a small amount and we're happy to pay on a per super basis. We're based in Auckland, but can travel anywhere from Taupo north. Cheers
  5. Turns out we've had the wrong assumption about how Varroa mites feed off bees.....
  6. I have been experimenting with a fogger using mineral oil and wintergreen. Trevs Bees has a good YouTube post about this with Neil Farrer in Wanganui Its been relatively successful with a consistently low mite count. I imported the fogger from the US for about $150. I was planing to try using it with Oxalic Acid however getting the alcohol is next to impossible as you need very high grade alcohol (Yet its available over the counter in the US!). The best place to get the alcohol is a distillery but its not cheap, about $75 per 500ml. There are also issues around keeping the fogger clean as the acid is very corrosive. I wouldn't use meths as this is essentially alcohol that has been coloured and flavoured ("denatured" to use the technical term) so may have an effect on the bees. I'd be interested to know how you get on if you use this. I couldn't find much information about the use of meths or isopropyl alcohol in foggers.
  7. Makes for an interesting read... https://www.israel21c.org/unique-israeli-research-reveals-why-honeybees-are-dying/ “Bees are dying from all kinds of reasons,” he tells ISRAEL21c. “There is an ongoing debate as to the causes. We believe there are multiple causes and they all synergize. The three most important factors are the use of pesticides and poisons in the environment; the Varroa mite and the viruses it transmits; and the lack of proper nutrition or malnutrition” caused by shrinking amount and variety of wildflowers.
  8. I've read about this.. wonder how effective it is. It seems to treat incoming mites but not in the hive itself?
  9. Hi Has anyone used one of these? Is it effective? How much does a unit cost? It looks well thought out and well engineered. One Stone Thanks
  10. The frames need to be waxed to work, otherwise the bees wont have anything to build on As usual there's an awesome video by @Trevor Gillbanks at [media] [/media]
  11. Thanks Trev .. I had an idea that this would take some time to "migrate" the bees to the new box. Happy to take the time.
  12. Wow! Thanks for your solution @Trevor Gillbanks , this is what years of experience, wisdom and ingenuity look like! I'll gather some helpers (I think this is more than a one man mission), get my equipment together and get this done. I'll also take some photos and post these as well. It will be a good challenge. Then I will attempt option 3 above on the same day! Thanks Trev!!
  13. Hi @Trevor Gillbanks The design of the hive is quite "unique" . The boxes are not the same dimensions as a Langstroth. I understand in talking to the son that his father made his own frames and boxes. From what I could make out the frames are like normal Lang frames but only about half the length - almost like a mini nuc frame. There are 20 to a box with a central support rail running down the middle of the box and one end of the frame sitting on this rail and the other end sitting on the super. The frames are there in the supers further below the burr comb - I just couldn't get to them. They will almost certainly be propolised in - and I think they would almost be destroyed in the act of removing them from the hive. The state of the wood is such that I think I'd be left with a pile of wood after the job and nothing (except for the burr comb and bees) that could be used in a new hive. A bit of a challange! @Trevor Gillbanks , do you have any thoughts about timing? Should I attempt this sooner rather than later, or wait until the weather is warmer and the queen in starting to lay?
  14. Thanks @Martin Garside , I have assumed that there will be a varroa issue and therefore I will treat regardless. I will definitely be checking for AFB and if found, burn the lot.!
  15. Hi I need some advice on what to do with a rescue / cut out I was called to have a look at an "old hive". It turns out that an old bee keeper used to live at this house about 7 or 8 years ago. His son gave me a call to come and have a look. There were a whole heap of hives at the back of his place, most in an extreme state of disrepair. One of the hives had attracted a swarm and they have taken up residence, for what seemed to me to be at least one season, may be more. I tried opening as much as I could however most of the supers are very tightly packed and if I started dismantling the hive I would need to have somewhere to house them straight away. I decided just to have a look as best I could and reassess what to do then. I did lift the lid and found a lot of burr comb throughout the top box. It was laden with honey and seemed to go down a few supers. The bees seemed quite happy. There wasn't a large amount of activity and it didn't seem that the population was very large. I was doing this about 9am, so not in the middle of the day. So what now?? Should I: 1. Do a cut out now, dismantle the hive and get it into a box. Take out the comb and use rubber bands to place the comb into a frame, relocate and feed and treat them for varroa? 2. Leave this at the moment (the owner is in no hurry) and come back and cut this out in mid to late September when the hive will be starting to grow and things will be getting warmer. 3. Go down to the local for a beer? Some photos are attached Any thoughts, wisdom and insights would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks Dave [GALLERY=media, 1196]20170808_092001_resized by Dave G posted Aug 8, 2017 at 11:15[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 1197]20170808_092048(0)_resized by Dave G posted Aug 8, 2017 at 11:16[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 1198]20170808_092103_resized by Dave G posted Aug 8, 2017 at 11:17[/GALLERY]
  16. A senior high court judge said two things to me when I had a day in court... "Mr Grant, two things: 1. In this country we don't have a justice system, we have a judicial system. Know the difference 2. In this country you can have as much justice as you can afford" Words of wisdom and reality. Anyone who thinks we have a fair system in this country is sadly deluded.
  17. Thanks Otto for your info - much appreciated!!
  18. I've been asked to set up a couple of hives at our local primary school, starting in spring. I think I'm headed for a Health and Safety, Rules and Regulations, Red Tape ride! Has anyone out there had any experience with this and done any documentation about hives in schools like policies, Health and Safety documentation, hive management plans for the school environment? Thanks Dave
  19. They're about $450 USD - so it might not have may takers for the supply of the demo unit
  20. OK Got to hand it to someone for being innovative. Don't know how effective it will be Can't wait for Trev to do a video on this device! Varroa Blaster
  21. Thanks @Trevor Gillbanks , do you use this? If so, how do you find the results?
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