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  1. that is really intriguing. So brings up the question of using it in a skin spray. I guess it can be quite popular mixed into salves, but sounds like it can carry some componants that cause bad reactions to some. I wonder about the forage that makes up the propolis, what resins maybe are more prone or inclined to be bad, ..I thought I've heard pine needles can turn toxic on top of a water cooler storage tank...think the term " turpentine " came from this reaction
  2. thanks for the feedback Stoney ... hmm interesting. So, sounds like the bees endure some degree of stress when using this technique. I try to minimize that from happening, so would have to research this further, if there even is another technique to gather bee venom. So it makes a dry powder? Can a bee sting slightly or halfway and release some venom, without pulling out it's innards, causing death like a typical bee sting? I wonder how legitimate the benefits of bee venom really are? I hadn't heard of anti-aging creme? Sounds like a great marketing tactic. I've heard of the adminis
  3. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful contributions. Very interesting to read and hear some of the personal accounts. I haven't started harvesting propolis yet, but I am thinking of mixing it into some salves and also making some sprays with it at some point down the road. Also, via instagram, I'm @jaxwildhoney ... I follow this one beekeepr who harvests bee venom and this has kind of intrigued me somewhat, as I believe there is a way to do it without harming the bees by using a type of pad that collects it. He's found some sort of customer base. Just struck me as interesting, as it's no
  4. yes,...agreed Trevor. Funny how some spots hurt worse than others, ..think worst places I've been stung was both sides of my neck when I was first starting out. 8 hours later, I woke up and it felt like I had a neck brace / collar on Also...right in the middle of my thumbprint was more painful than I would've imagined and also, a few during a removal got me repeatedly on the ankle when my gear slipped while I was reaching up and that was plenty sore too.
  5. hi all, I ran into a cattle farmer yesterday and he said he thought there was a lifetime limit to the number of bee stings a person could receive before they turn allergic or fatal to the recipient. He threw out the number 1000 or there abouts. I laughed, becuase I never heard that, and couldn't believe it, anyone else? Hard to imagine ?? I assume the venom dissipates over time from periodic stings. I know about maximum stings all at once, like 20 stings per kilogram of body weight, and not referring to people who are truly allergic. One person I know said her father kep
  6. Just a little update.... the wood ash knocked the ants out right away, and seemed to do a good job of keepng them away, even up to a few weeks later so far, ..without re-applying the ash. I'm gonna keep on with it, when need be, since I have plenty of wood ash. There are some decades old ant colonies not far away on and around some 100+ year old Oak trees that surround the yard. I only used the ash around the legs of solo behive stands I built with screen bottom boards built in. I haven't used any wood ash in the screen bottom boards direcdtly under the hives because, there's been
  7. hi all, been a while since logged in here,...and just to clarify,...am in the states in Southern California. Mild Winter,..lots of rain lately, and spring weeks away, tons of pollen cominig into the hvies today....and noticed a lot of ants just now. I use a woodstove to heat my cabin, so I always save the wood ash for the garden. Anyways,... i just sprinkled some small amounts around the legs of some hive stands and around some hives which are seated on on a pallot also that looked like a ton of ants were moving in on, black ants. I've used green grass before, have heard a
  8. Yes, I agree. I try to accomodate when possible. The property owner was insistent, said the bess were getting too agressive, stinging without provocation daily and wanted them taken away. I could only guess it was becuase the space they were in was way over-populated, and they were about to swarm maybe. Honey stores were pretty ample, but of course as soon as they absconded the hive was robbed quickly by the surrounding hives, and yellow jackets. Also, in Southern California, we have a very mild Winter, and there is not as extreme a shut down for the season compared to the Northern half
  9. ha, ha, sorry, should have mentioned. I was living in Bay Of Islands when I joined this forum years ago....this incident has taken place in the states now...in Southern California, but I am a Kiwi.
  10. Thank you for the replies. I was thinking the same, in regards to the pieces of comb taken from the nest that is being removed. If they are not rubber-banded in the frames that are making up the new hive, exactly as they were built in the original nest; from top to bottom vertically, same direction, etc, I was wondering the likliehood of the bees rejecting the brood if they weren't placed exactly the same direction. I have a bag of extra comb; some empty brood comb, some just empty, no cocoons, used just for honey and pollen....and now I am thinking, aside from being used as some attractan
  11. Hello, Recently did a bee removal and relocated the bees,... way beyond three miles to their new location. The queen was moved safely with the bees. I did not shut the bees in and seal the hive for 48-72 hours since it was well beyond 3 miles to the new location, but the bees swarmed anyways, (probably about two days later after I moved them.) The colony vacated the brood and honey stores I had rubber-banded into the new hive box and frames. I've read that if it's less than three miles to shut them in with food and water and proper ventilation, and then re-orient them after
  12. Appreciate the direction and tips everyone! Though I am eager to begin, I'm trying to do my homework and realize there's a lot to it and more. Reading and watching a lot of videos and collecting information still at this stage. Think his name was Rod, owns the Honey Center near Warkworth...he suggested I just read about it for a year. Hope to go up Kaitaia and even somewhere closer and see some hives in action soon. I guess there are some hives at the Opua primary school. On the legal side, I am pretty close to the water and sure the area I am in is considered rural-residential, though
  13. Great and thank you, have just sent you a message Wayne. Definitely keen and appreciate the kind offer. ..and you like Guiness, ...we are getting along already
  14. Thanks for the replies! Awesome. Think I'm hoping I might be able to find someone not too far away who is already successfully doing this and might let me help them out in exchange for some experience. Would be good to see some established hives and get a chance to see someone working at that level maybe before trying to bring on my own and load them up and jump into it. Though I am kind of anxious, I won't lie,...being on the crux of a good time of the year to start.
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