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  1. I read on the facebook "Backyard Beekeeping NZ" group where someone posted a comment claiming that this method of treatment kills brood where it is placed. Is this true, or is their comment simply misinformation?
  2. What a cool looking stripey queen! I would do what Yesbut and m4tt said by waiting a week - if that fails then recombine the hives. Unless of course the walk away split you made has plenty of stores and good population, then you could introduce a mated queen. As an added measure you could always throw in a frame or two of mostly capped brood to boost numbers. Be sure to thoroughly check any added frames are disease free and brush all the bees off them. If if you don’t have enough in the way of extra brood to add, you may want to just recombine and try again in spring! I had two wal
  3. Is the Pams cloth the blue stuff in a roll that looks like Chux cloth that you would use to wipe a kitchen bench with?
  4. I removed my queen cells today and put them into my mating nucs - things went great with the Cloake Board - I ended up with 6 capped cells out of ten - not too terrible for my first time! One thing I did notice was that in one place the bees had built brace comb between two of the cells. It took me a bit by surprise because I've been looking at lots of pictures of perfect model queen cells (probably photoshopped - ) that looked nothing like these chubby things. Only two of the cells would fit into the Nicot cell protectors - the rest had too much comb being built around them. I g
  5. Excellent, thanks for all the info! I'll pull the board out when I get home tomorrow afternoon. That'll give them at least 48 hours - 24 queen less and 24 to start the cells. I think I may do things differently next time after reading what Rob posted. It was already a reasonably strong hive, but reading what Dansar said and the link Rob posted it seems pertinent to do a few more hive preparations before placing the board on. I think I just got by with the bare minimum! After doing a bit more reading there a few things I'll change up next time such as keeping the board out for a few
  6. Total beginner here with queen rearing, so bear with me! After a bit of a failure with my Nicot system I decided to go ahead an have my first go at grafting/larvae transfer. I have done 10 cells, 7 of which appear to have been accepted. The Cloake board was inserted yesterday morning (Sunday) at about 9:30 am. After that I was due to insert the Nicot cells, but because (I suspect this is the reason) I let the Queen out on the second day instead of the third (when eggs should be hatching), the bees had decided to clean all the eggs out. With the Nicot out of the questio
  7. I would go with what Daley said. If you are seeing some eggs there then there must be a queen somewhere. From my own limited experience this season where I had a hive become queenless, they can really surprise you. I took the advice of another forum member and inserted a frame of eggs and brood from another box. After several checks I saw no queen cells start at all. I resigned myself to the fact that I would just have to unite that hive with another at a later date. Anyway - I opened them up on Friday - nearly 3 or 4 weeks after I had given up on them. It was absolutely loaded with capped bro
  8. Thanks Alistair - we always take the frame on the outside edge out first. When you say you put the queen aside on her frame, do you mean into Nuc box or similar?
  9. I don't see how we could have managed to kill her - we're so careful. Last time I went through the hive with my wife (which sure now tells me was about two weeks ago) we found the queen in the top box on a brood frame halfway in. As we usually do, if we are doing a quick check for brood and hive activity we simply put her straight back in on the frame (carefully). We found out in late autumn that accidents can happen when one of our queens plopped off the frame and onto the ground only to be stung by bees from the neighbouring hive when she tried to go in there. Since then we only ever examine
  10. Thank you everyone for all your advice on this! I followed the advice given to Josh by M4tt in https://www.nzbees.net/topic/11171-spring-conundrum/ . Predictably my fail grafting attempt was exactly that - a failure. I will now leave them all alone for a few weeks - well at least until I have to take out the Apivar strips.
  11. I'm reading it now - I'll see what they do with my bad grafts tomorrow and move a frame in. Damn bees and their random ways. edit: I put Apivar in about 3 weeks ago, before that was OA vaporising. Definitely no AFB or any other disease - they were clean as a whistle. That's what makes it a bit sad. She had everything - even a nice colourful box and all of last seasons honey.
  12. Hi there, I checked my 3 hives today to see how they were going - last time I checked was about 3 weeks ago. All was well in Hive #1 - they've been doing great. Hive #2 I have kind of written of, the queen is not a good layer at all and I had plans to replace her at the earliest opportunity. Hive #3, until today, had been going really well like #1. But today when I checked the queen was nowhere, the frames had no new eggs or larvae of any sort. All the areas where there has been brood 3 weeks ago were completely cleaned out. In desperation and inexperience I grafted some freshly ha
  13. Hi Rob, I'm in Carterton too and am a member of the Wairarapa Hobby Beekeepers Club. We're a fairly active group with a wide range of experience and abilities. We meet on the second Sunday of each month - usually hosted at a members house. We have recently got the go ahead from Masterton District Council to use some land for a club apiary and now have a very basic website set up (only in the last couple of weeks - it's got some growing to do ) So all in all the club is moving ahead in a really good direction - it's a great place to meet people who are keen beekeepers!
  14. It is - been reading for a while, thank you
  15. Hi Tom, Thanks for your reply She is coming from a good local producer fortunately. The Queenless box was united via air freshener method today (bees just love that air freshener toilet smell!). The box with the brood frames is in the middle, so I'll put her in there in her introduction cage.
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