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Everything posted by Markypoo

  1. Yes. That is entirely consistent with a warmer climate in the southern hemisphere transporting more moisture to antarctica. https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/sensing-our-planet/unexpected-ice
  2. The human desire for infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is going to bite us. As much as those who deny/downplay human impacts on the environment and climate, we are not doing a good job of looking after the place.
  3. For some reason, a lot of them love our meat pies.
  4. There is a website called thetruesize.com that allows you to compare countries with each other side by side, and allows for the distortions caused by the maps we use. NZ is waaay bigger. Its fun to play with.
  5. Here are some pictures from my topbars. I use trimmed plastic frames as starters. as you can see, one hive's queen wouldn't lay eggs next to the staple so the bees put down capped honey. The other one shows are topbar I put down in the brood nest. The girls wouldn't draw comb next the the staple.
  6. Yep. Every queen is different as to how the hive approaches the staples. Some ignore them, some savage them.
  7. Stapler was a quick and dirty fix when I only needed 4. Faster than waiting for the wife to be out of the house before I could get the sewing machine out. Its only one hive eating the staples and they have requeened themselves so I will see how the new hatch works out.
  8. I started beekeeping in Oct 2017 with a nuc of italians. I initially used OA vaporisation but didn't like it. The bees were very agitated when I used it, and would attack the vaporiser, killing many. In june that winter, I noticed many bees covered with mites, despite weekly doses, so I switched to the paper staples. I make my own and used 35% OA by weight. I have not lost a hive in that time. I don't dry my staples first. But I do run them firmly between my fingers to squeeze out the solution. I also only run a line of cotton up the middle, though I have used a stapler to make some up as well
  9. Just talking to a mate in Collingwood, planning our upcoming Kingfish mission. He got stuck at school because the river was flowing over the bridge. Doubly annoyed because the school was closed in the morning because of the flooding.
  10. I have read that it crystallises fast in the combs. Is it okay to leave on the hives as winter feed? Can they access it if it does crystallise?
  11. It will be interesting to see how hard it is to extract from the hives. I took out 4 frames yesterday but that was mostly early season dandelion and buttercup. Wifey was very impressed.
  12. On closer inspection, I suspect it might be canola planted as a summer feed crop.
  13. Well after last spring's terrible weather, things are looking really good this year for a decent crop. Its been a non stop flow on round here. Dandelions and willow. Plenty of gorse flower for pollen. The cabbage trees are in bloom and the creeping buttercup on the dairy farm next door is going well since late winter. The odd white clover flower is popping up. The dairy farmer has thoughtfully sown a crop of summer feed turnips over the back fence which is infested with a weed that I suspect is wild turnip. The girls are certainly working it hard.
  14. I have queens, grafted from AI carniolans and open mated and their offspring look exactly like that. Wide variation in colours.
  15. Lucky I am not an English teacher. Better check the reports I wrote last night. Here is a picture of her Mum, at 18 months old.
  16. Really? Maybe read my post again. That is the daughter of an open mated carniolan queen. She is FROM one of my carniolan queens. It is not OF my carniolan queens.
  17. As a newbie, I had very little experience with bees of any colour. I purchased my first nuc from Kirwee Bees. Nice golden italians. They survived all my fiddling and playing and trying different queen rearing techniques and is the foundation of all my stock. To get bees into school, I had to convince the Board of Trustees to allow them. My principal, also a beek, suggested I offer to get carniolans, so the "experts" on the board could do some online research and come up with websites generally positive in their behaviour. I run 4 hives at school, with queens from David and Honey Star New Zeala
  18. Yeah I found MPI really helpful when I was getting set up so I can sell honey from the school hives.
  19. With my admittedly limited experience, I had a hive that I know I squashed the queen. An untimely sting on the inner thigh when a bee crawls in a tear in your overalls while replacing a frame doesn't encourage gentle placement. The replacement cells were on the bottom of the frames. But only because the centre was a mass of capped brood and I presume the most suitable larvae were around the edges of that. Typically, being a newbie I tend to get a wee flutter of panic when I see them
  20. I guess I am worried that in spring I may not be able to tell the difference between supercedure or swarming.
  21. So as a newbie, I have now got over the reluctance to squish a queen and replace her. How often should I replace queens? Pop a new one in each spring, or make new queens in feb/march, after the main flow has finished so the hive has a new queen going into autumn. Or buy one then when they are easier to get hold of, which is again late summer? Requeening in autumn/late summer seems to be the easiest option to me and should still give a relatively young queen to get going in spring. I banked a couple of queens in nucs over winter, which was useful when a mate needed one. I got myself i
  22. Okay. Further inspection showed a new laying queen. What I think happened is the old queen failed and started laying lots of drones. The hive superceded her quick smart, but she was still laying for while longer yet. Well, sounds logical to me.
  23. Yes but the big difference is that the native bush there evolved strategies to deal with animal herbivores. NZ plants evolved with moas as the large herbivore and are relatively defenceless compared to australian plants.
  24. Bit busy to get back in and a nasty cold wind anyway so will leave it till this weekend and see whats happening. Hopefully I will find a nice fat queen laying up a storm now, or they are trying to make queens out of the eggs and milky larvae i put in. Strengthening the other hives can only be a good thing I suppose. I have a strong 6 frame nuc with a capped queen cell sitting in it, so I can start again with that in a week or two if I need to. Would reducing the entrances to the other hives for the day help them sort out undesirables?
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