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  1. Tis a great way to spread AFB when apiarists don't register their urban hive sites
  2. I am sure that you can give me a break since you have a supposedly member on your team being an absolute hypocrite and not applying to the laws of selling honey like I have seen!!!!!!Have a look at that
  3. Is it ok that I can re enter the bee keeping forum for being banned for 6 months, thats probably why I haven't participated Rob
  4. Ros

    Ready to go...

    Mama mia! Kia Kaha!
  5. Ros

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    Absolutely beeautiful!
    There is little actual information available like this on the internet and books. I needed this information 30 weeks ago when I started my course NZ cert in Apiculture. There is some information in the god bible, but not real information as things present themselves when you need to provide answers
  6. Bald brood and deformed honey bee pupae Developing honeybee pupae are exposed when wax moth larvae partly remove the cell caps, a condition known as bald brood. Worker bees chew the remainder of the capping thereby fully exposing the heads of the pupae which continue to develop normally. The lines of bald brood follow the direction of the wax moth's travel. Some honey bee pupae nearing maturity may have deformed legs or wings. One of the causes of this deformity is a result of wax moth excreta affecting the final moult of the pupa before its emergence from the cell. Reference: agriculture.vic.gov.au
  7. Correction, we did see a wax moth invasion, pictures after the whole hive had been taken over, not in the very early stages
  8. I would agree with @frazzledfozzle here as I did my Disease elimination conformity assessment a few months back and they covered everything but the wax moth. I didn't see anything that looked like this. A varroa infected cell will show a dead larvae curled up at the top of the cell, even when scaled (appears the larvae is truing to get away from the varroa at the bottom) and in a C shape around the outer edges of the cell. Not a white layer covering the cell top. Chalk brood as frazzledfozzle said has white fluff and a dead larvae before the cell is capped. Sac brood will appear as brown slime varying in colour. Chewed cappings can mean anything, in this case, the bees are checking the larvae in the cells to see whats up as they know something is going on. They will clean the cells out and discard the dead larvae.
  9. But you can recommend how to kill bees if they are your neighbours lol:whistle:
  10. Lol, they even came back when they saw the dead ones lying around, we have massive numbers, they are clever, and would call to their mates when they saw us coming to the apiary. But actually dwindled off in the end? Kingfishers hanging around too
  11. When we got our hives the magpies were eating the bees, doesn't last for long. How many bees can you eat before it does something to their gut. They have ######ed off now Omg wasn't even a swear word! Talking to staff
  12. Hi @Ahol, I started with 10 technoset beehives late this season, they performed so well even in the wet & windy as conditions in the manawatu that I split them all a month ago while plenty of food was available and had a 70% success rate. Not bad for a beginner. We were looking at increasing hive numbers not a honey harvest, thank goodness for that. Technoset hives are exactly as described above in others posts, give it a go you won't be sorry. Maintenance free and well insulated, ventilation, great way to feed bees with the top feeders for syrup or burr comb. @Trev mentioned the water capillary action going on in his hive, this perhaps was probably due to the wooden langstroth hive he had in between the two technoset boxes. That is why technoset has latches that can be set to loosen or tighten to prevent water driving horizontally getting in. No wet hives at my place, nice cosy healthy happy bees. Check with Assure to find out if there have been any outbreaks of disease in your area, that should help you make your decision if you are concerned about getting disease.
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