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  1. I shake my head and wonder.... When my supplier installed the bees for me, I was told that my neighbour would probably complain about the mess on his clothes line and that I couldn't have my clothes horse right behind the hive where it usually sat. This is one reason why I now question everything I am told about bees. The only time I have ever seen any sort of big bee poop was when I had to lock them down for the day while I went to work and then move them that afternoon. On my work truck bonnet...one huge mess. Its still there, but not so brown now. Strangely,
  2. Well, it really looks like its time someone did! Come on guys! Step up!
  3. Seems to me that you guys need to get together, cut out the middle man and start marketing your products yourselves. What do you have to lose?
  4. I dont say much on things like this cos I dont have your understanding and dont keep bees just for their honey, but I do feel for you and others in the same predicament and do wish I had a solution.....I did say at one point to add value to your product like, find a microbrewer and get them to make mead, but.... I do now wonder....last year, you guys were talking about the buyers not turning up like they used to...then what happened? Yep, I'm a bit controversial.
  5. ...and I deliberately left two works of art in Rua cos I wanted to learn first hand about swarms and the effects it has on the host(?) hive....only, they didnt swarm and dont appear to even have superceded either.
  6. Interesting. The only thing I dont do is decide when they need new Queen. I decided they know more about that sort of thing than I do, so I leave it up to them. So far, so good.
  7. My Apple and Avocado trees started flowering a few days ago, Yesterday, I spotted bees in the Avo. The lavender, Rosemary and Mustard are still pumping. Cheery tree has been flowering for a week now but havent noticed any bees over there, same with the Pear trees.
  8. haha so do mine. The lowest temp I recorded them flying at was early morning 7.5C...I went back to bed
  9. I wasnt being facetious when I asked this, I want to know why. I want to know what you see in these that I/we have missed.
  10. Whoop whoop, Dan did my official AFB inspections and both past beautifully. Rua does still have some mite issues, disappointing, but to be honest, they didnt look all that bad inside of the hive, well to me anyway....and thankfully no where near the amount of swarm cells or proper QC's like last year. Tahi looks like its about to take off rocket ride style, so this week will be seeing me setting up frames to checker board-this time of year so they can have all the drone brood they like which will get moved out over to the honey side. I've got my instructions for th
  11. ....and of course, I just have to ask....why? why do you want aggressive bees? Why these ones? What do you see in them that I for one wouldnt want?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. ....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.
  16. 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.
  17. ....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
  18. 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.
  19. Has anybody else chewed their way through the MPI report on the 2019 colony losses? What was your take on this?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Here's a novel idea....why not just leave the bees enough of their own honey and pollen? too easy?
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