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  1. Thanks for all your help guys. I will deal with it.
  2. The uncapped brood I am talking about are nearly fully formed bees - just white still.
  3. We got this hive as a nuc 2 weekends ago from a friend in a proper nuc box on the same day as it was split from the mother hive. It spent a day in there before we transferred it (7 frames) to a 10 frame super. Nuc came with various stages of brood, queen and food. So it should not have gotten cold. Maybe these girls were already dead and they are just cleaning them out today. Will maintain a close watch to see what happens over the next few days. I wonder about cutting the remaining capless cells out and disposing of them. It doesn't present as chalk brood exactly - the in situ larvae appear to be in perfect condition - just uncapped.
  4. Hmmm that's what I thought. No starvation going on plenty of tucker on board and coming in. Pulled the hive apart this afternoon to see what I could see. Lots of capped brood and lots of new brood developing, queen is busy. What was interesting was that there were about 6 or 7 brood cells all close together with the caps removed and nice white, nearly fully formed residents. No apparent damage to them though.
  5. We are getting a few larvae being dragged out of the hive that are very near ready to emerge as bees but are still white and missing their heads. Is this Varroa damage?
  6. Well we finally got it sorted. Despite many enquiries with regard to finding an original handle (long shot ay!) we had a sculptor friend make us one. So we are now able to go into PRODUCTION. Could be a lot of fun. After we have harvested this years honey and the winter sets in it seems like a good time to give it a go.
  7. Been out of the loop for a while but saw this thread and will add my two bobs worth. Actually what is the new decimal currency option for this saying?? We have had more swarms than usual but not earlier than usual. Some have been way up the top of the Manuka and can't get them. We have had three that got away due to that little trick. One of the ones that we got from a phone call decided to not stay at our place and left 2 days later - unusual. The other phone call one is a bunch of Carnelians, haven't had any of these for a few years - we run Italians. It is a pretty strong hive so far so will see what happens with it. May give it away yet. We always have a trap set but have NO LUCK with it. It is up a tree, so not at ground level. We use fresh bee balm herb for bait. We live in hope.
  8. No not yet. Just have not been focussed on it. I will get there eventually. My super preference is to find an original handle just so that it is complete/original.
  9. The diameter (OD) of the thread spindle is 14.7mm including the thread. The thread is quite chunky at 2mm centres. So in metric terms the thread is M14.7 x 2. Whatever that converts to in imperial I don't know.
  10. Thanks for that, however, neither are suitable handle substitutes.
  11. The trouble with you Nelsonians is that it is always sunny down there so you don't notice it.
  12. We started putting our spring strips in earlier and therefore taking them out earlier as we see the climate generally warming especially so the further north you go. Our girls are bringing in new stores of nectar (small quantities) already and we like to keep the chemicals out of the hive as soon as we see that starting. It was getting to be that we could not leave the strips in long enough to get the maximum benefit from them before needing to remove them to keep the honey "clean". We started this earlier treatment 2 years ago. It seems to be working.
  13. Lovely bloke with his heart in the right place and done some fantastic humanitarian work around the world - BUT politics is not where he should be.
  14. So what did I do this last weekend. Whipped out the varroa strips of our home based hives - away from homes are due out this weekend. One weak hive but the queen is still laying so I am hopeful of a recovery. We did lose one hive this winter. Funny thing about that was that it was our strongest hive last season, so were not expecting any issues with it over winter. Other hives all strong. Did not have to feed any hives this winter. They did not eat up their own stores that we left with them. The winter has generally been mild and until lately dry, so the girls have been able to get out and forage for themselves. There has been a steady stream (though light at times) of pollen coming back in all winter long. That has stepped up quite dramatically over the last few weeks. Lots of plants and trees flowering up to a month earlier than in a standard year. Did a complete strip down of each hive, cleaned up the brood boxes, scraped down the bases, changed some componentry over here and there just to make sure the girls have got the best houses for the new season. I am monitoring the spare space in the hives and there is still sufficient room for storage and breeding that I don't feel the need to super up yet. I noticed someone making comment on the Rewarewa budding up strongly this year so I took special notice of 'ours' this last week and am finding it hard to see anything much in them. We have a lot of them along an expansive section of native bush here. So I would be saying that I don't think the Waitakere Ranges are going to produce much Rewarewa honey this season.
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