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  1. I hadn't considered that. I would have thought that the bees from the bottom brood box might kill the queen in the top box and vice versa. knowing my past mishaps adding a queen to hive that had a little virgin sneaking around.
  2. Hi all I have started a new job in the deep south. I have had to remove my 4 hives from the school farm at my own job, as well as move my own hives to my block of land in Central Otago. My new school has already requested a hive, which I have delivered. I now find myself with a tad more than I need and am resisting the urge to allow hive creep occur. My plan is to take the FD brood boxes of the weaker hives and either squash the queen or bank her in a nuc as a spare and use the newspaper method to combine with another. In theory this should give me a couple of monster hives. My pro
  3. I was just basically storing them on top of the hive. I had meant to put a hivemat on top of the feeder, but never got round to it.
  4. Opened up the school hives today for a look. One of the hives I had put a feeder above it, then sitting on that I had placed a box of wets to be cleaned out. I left it like that all winter. So today I lifted off the wet box and the feeder and took a look. Empty frames, very few bees. So my hive died, I thought. But that didn't seem right because it had been very active at the entrance. There were a large amount of bees sitting in the feeder, so I take a peek in the wet box. The queen had migrated up through the broodbox, through the feeder and up into the aforementioned wet box, now merrily la
  5. It is very dry down here in South Canterbury. I have had to water my winter veges to stop them wilting.
  6. Picking a Deputy Principal position. A rural high school in the deep south. We picked up 8ha of land in Central Otago, near Alexandra, last year that we want to start building on. Will be the flashest bach around for a couple of years till we move there full time. The neighbours are an organically managed vineyard and other, similar sized blocks of land. When they were developed they were planted out in white clover and grasses. The whole area is white with clover late spring. Aside from being good for my bees, the view isn't bad. Was down there last week to mark out the building platform wi
  7. Had a bit of a stuff up. I am taking up a new job in a couple of months, so planning in advance, a while back I squashed some queens I felt were not performing and merged some hives. The aim to reduce numbers to make moving easier. since I am going 300km. Unfortunately owing to drought conditions (probably), mice got into my hives way earlier than I expected and have had a field day in a couple. A strong hive a few weeks ago had barely any movement so I popped the lid for a check. Lesson learned for me, put the mouse guards on early in a drought. I am not overly concerned as I am confiden
  8. The evidence from overseas is that selection for resistance to mites is probably the better long term goal IMO. The Purdue ankle biters spring to mind. And there are other programs as well. Thermal treatment is likely to be out reach of small scale hobbyists, especially if you run topbars or long langs. Arista Bee Research | Foundation for breeding varroa resistant honey bees ARISTABEERESEARCH.ORG Our Breeding Program EXTENSION.ENTM.PURDUE.EDU
  9. Yes its been busy. As soon as school locked down we had 2 weeks to try and work out how to turn our courses into online classes. And during that holiday time students were emailing requesting work as they were bored after a week. Now I can go back to reading NZBees during my breaks.
  10. Make my own strips. Its only a couple of dollars per hive. I have never used synthetics. But I am not a commercial. Only a hobbyist. Plus I run topbars and long langstroths.
  11. I think your basic treatment costs start too high. I am sure those of us using OA have much lower costs than $30 a hive. Even allowing time for alcohol washes.
  12. Cheers. I was more concerned about the chances of a successful mating.
  13. 4 weeks ago, I went into one of my best producing hives, with an older queen, with the intention of grafting from it. The queen was gone, and there were a couple of queen cells, that looked to be a day or two away from being capped. I had a look in yesterday and couldn't see any larvae or eggs, but found 2 queen cells. There was a reasonable amount of capped brood, in an arc around empty broodcells. My suspicion is that a queen emerged, was laying around existing brood, but they have tried to supercede her quite quickly. Owing to the timeframe I would suspect that a queenright hive wouldn't be
  14. With the home mixes, I have seen videos of people mixing their own brews up. I use 35% OA by weight. So I actually weigh 35g of OA and 65g Glycerine. I have yet to lose a hive. I watched a video where the the mix was 40% by volume. The beek mixing it used 2 cups of OA powder and 3 cups to Glycerine. To me that would only be 10-15%, if that. I wonder if it was effective, as much as higher doses or at all.
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