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  1. Today was such a beautiful day, I lit my smoker...and it didnt go out til I put the stick down its gob,.... and inspect both hives. Both looking really good, nice tight capped brood, finally got to see a frame with the 'circle' of brood. I didnt get to see the Queens, but then I dont look too hard for her anymore, pearly white grubs, didnt see any eggs and I did try but to be honest, my hair kept getting in the way so from now on I will wear a head band.... nice looking caps in both hives even though I know one has mite issues at the moment it didnt show in the caps like it has done
  2. I have noticed that bees do Not always stick to a single source when they are working on the little stuff. eg today, collecting pollen from blue bells, then go onto the rosemary for nectar. I always keep a few thistles in the back yard just in case I need to make a restorative tea for some needy plant but they dont usually flower til mid summer. I did think they had pale yellow pollen, but cant remember, so I will have to make sure i note it down.
  3. Rosemary is still going gang busters, unfortunately, I didnt note in my diary when they started working on this. The Tuscon Blue variety is just starting to flower and already got bees on them, it will be interesting to see how long that goes for. Baby lavendar I got from Bunnings last year, now has a load on it all day.....compare that to the whole packet of Dwarf Munstead lavendar seed that I grew and after 3 years of flowering...1 bumblebee and looking dead for most of the year. Bluebells, a pollen source, nice big lumps same colour, sort of as the Rosemary, bu
  4. ....did you just say....you cant report an infected hive if you have not burnt it? I do feel for your loss but right now, I am feeling gobsmacked that with such a potentially devastating disease...you cant report one at the drop of a hat.
  5. Thats actually a good point...we do not have such severe winters as the northern hemisphere. Having worked 'with stats' in the past, i know how difficult it can be to formulate surveys to get complete pictures and have noted this country does not lose colonies just in winter, so right there is a missing piece of the puzzle.
  6. ....Do they? Cow, and sheep etc... collect their own grass and store it for the lean time? Oh, being a city girl I didnt realise that, silly me....and from what I have seen on farms, they absolutely do line up at the food bank that their farmers provide for them in the form of hay and silage. They dont provide for themselves, they just eat what ever happens to be in front of them. In order to be realistic, there is also the requirement of observing facts, or should be. And here I was wondering why exactly it is that the third highest reason for colony loses is starvatio
  7. Ah,...statistically, we do Not have an AFB problem According to the stats, disease....'including AFB is at 4%......' ie, 6th on the list of reasons for colony loses. I'm not saying it has the potential to be a threat, it has been in the past, But, it obviously isnt the same serious threat it used to be. 82.8+% hives loses due to other reasons. I suggest we start taking a serious look at why that is.
  8. I have to say that I was really surprised that the survey results states that the highest loses were from 1 queen problems=30.3% 2 Varroa=28.10% 3 Starvation=10.3% 4 Wasps= 9.6% 5 Robbing=4.5%...=82.8% ....and I had always bought into the idea that we had a Huge AFB problem.
  9. Has anybody else chewed their way through the MPI report on the 2019 colony losses? What was your take on this?
  10. I learned something interesting recently. This year my normal brassica sowings didnt do so well-Black Radish/Daikon and Turnips-Milano and Yellow jelly. Instead, I let the brocolli and cauliflower flower....Unlike the others, these do not provide the same quantity of pollen, not do the chinese cabbage, so I am going to have to buy in more seed for next year. This Spring, the Rosemary is crawling with bees- nectar only, my plants are loaded compared to the ones in the town centre, even though there are more plants in close proximity there- odd.
  11. Yep, I do wonder. The only proper feed for bees is their own resources. Of all 'livestock', they are the only ones who provide for themselves. Maybe its time to stop treating them like a commodity.
  12. Here's a novel idea....why not just leave the bees enough of their own honey and pollen? too easy?
  13. I finally got a good day to inspect the hives today. I had seen A drone a couple of weeks ago at Tahi's entrance- didnt see any sign of drone brood inside today, so no idea where it came from. It was mainly to get used to doing inspections again and make sure the brood looked all good- yep n' nice calm, good looking pearly brood, nice caps, didnt see eggs or the Queens but I wasnt really looking for them, heaps of pollen and only one moldy old play cup. One thing I noticed was with Rua, I had painted the top inside edges of the hive, hoping this would lessen the amount of pro
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