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Tony Greathead

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    Hastings, Hawkes Bay

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  1. Agree at least a phone number of the bee keeper could be shared that the bee keeper chooses to list publicly, i wouldn't want addresses given out as urban keepers addresses are generally where the bees are kept like me and theft is rampant enough.
  2. Yes, came out of a queen supercede cell today. I can take the idea that Rob mentioned and make up a polystyrene nuc tomorrow. Till such time is the real nuc box arrives i would hope by Wednesday. By then i would hope she would have hatched out of the cage into the frames and she doesnt fly off as i move them over..into the real one.
  3. Will have a look, i have a plastic queen excluder i can cut up too to make a entrance so she stays in till the actual nuc box arrives. Hopefully she does not fly off the frame when i move them into the actual nuc boxes..
  4. Good point. Actually will pop into clive fish and chips, remember he said on FB they had polystyrene boxes he wanted to get rid off.
  5. No i am splitting out/taking out some frames out of my strongest hive into a brand new nuc box that i have coming from cerracel. My strongest hive is already two brood boxes full, its even 3/4 drawn out a honey super and already almost filled it with a early flow. I am trying to combat swarming...
  6. Hello all, While inspecting my hive we found a queen cell that was practically opening with a lovely queen inside. I am planning to de-power that hive and have a new nuc box on order hoping it will arrive mid week. My mate and i managed to put her in and a couple of nurse bees into a used queen cage and then tape up the end. I put in a few drops of sugar syrup on the vent which they took up pretty quickly. Now i need her to stay in there until my nuc arrives middle of next week. How should i look after her and keep her happy? She is in our bedd
  7. So i got the dreaded phone call from the wife today. The neighbors have a swarm in there garden...i thought "oh bother me" one my hives must have swarmed, given the wet weather i had not been able to get into them for almost 14 days. I accelerated my car to 101kph to hastle my travels home. My biggest concern was maintaining friendly neighbor relations in a urban area and second it was one of mine. I got home and checked my hives, thankfully it came from neither of my hives by the looks of it they are still choker full of bees and this swarm looks to be a hive boxes worth at le
  8. Been in a government dept you have to be careful with what is taken from meetings, it could have been an idea floated by one person present as "blue sky thinking" and rejected by others. But it only then takes one person to start the Chinese whisper on it and suddenly it becomes reality...when it fact it might not be... Wait till something is published in writing.
  9. True? Does the queen seek protein now/this time of the year?
  10. @Philbee @Philbee Do you just seal the zip lock bag but tape part of it with gib tape (not sure what you mean by the wick if you have a photo) and does the acid just seep through the gib tape, the only other questions i have is how long would you soak the foam in for or is it a case of dip it in the acid and straight into the bag? Can these be stored or is it a case of make them and use them the same day assuming the acid will dry out of the foam.
  11. temps are meant to be (daily) 10-30 degrees so yes. Came home from work and well the pile hasn't got any bigger...peeked under one of the hive lids and the bees seem to be going about there business. So happy now that is a normal kill rate for maqs
  12. Is this a normal by product of using MAQs, i just hope my queens is not in that lot? Its the first time i have used it, so not sure what to see. I put in the application yesterday afternoon.
  13. Thanks, another good option re hay...as for using too much smoke, due to lack of needles i worked them the other day without one..it was hard work.
  14. Yup the wool scourers are plastic made ones. I will try the coffee shops tomorrow and see how i go.
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