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  1. if they dont raise emergency cells from brood they wont accept another queen. They either already have got one or dont feel queenless for whatever reason. judging from the background and considering the weather in the past days you probably want to wait another week or two. if you dont have eggs by then (properly laid eggs in a tidy pattern by a queen, not workers) id shake the bees to the ground close to another healthy hive. (how you exactly do it depends on the circumstances) in a few weeks you can make a split from that one
  2. what exactly is your car running on? what is the truck that brings the food you eat into the grocery store running on?
  3. Plastic waste would make excellent fuel for a properly built waste incinerator plant that would also produce electricity. (you know 98% of all oil is used to generate power anyway). Proper industrial filtering of the exhaust and air pollution wont be a problem. No Point in fiddling around with complicated recycling processes which cause a big load of problems and just waste huge amounts of energy.
  4. an easier 10m walk might probably be to just move the hive 3+kms to another site (maybe even your backyard) and after 4+ weeks move it where you originally wanted to move
  5. taking brood from the strong colony is likely going to reduce your honey crop from it as you want a strong hive early, especially if you want to harvest honey early. It would be simpler and better to get rid of the weaker hive and make new nucs/splits in late spring/summer. you can easily make 3 hives out of one healthy hive during the course of the year. I'd kill the queen (i also never feel good about it but sometimes it is just necessary) wait for 2 hours (then the bees will have realized that they are queenless -not strictly necessary). then give the hive a good smoke (not strictly necessary either) if your hives are on a bigger property carry it at least 20 meters from its current position and start shaking the bees to the ground. The bees will immediately start to fly back where they think their hive is located, as it is gone (also remove any pallets there if applicable) theyll start looking around and when they find the other hive try to enter that one. Worker bees (especially those ones with honey in their stomach -thats why they recieved a good smoke) will be let in. queens and laying workers generally wont. if you feel really nervous about a queen entering the hive you could put a queen excluder in front of the entrance.
  6. not (properly) annealed after hardening
  7. what are you planning of finding out then? that half of your hives died/survived or whatever? good treatments dont have highly variable results when done properly, thats why they are considered good.
  8. Just make sure to do a sticky board count or mite wash regularly. You certainly are not the first one to have that idea, guess why it never kicked off. But nothing wrong with trying and having emergency treatments ready.
  9. you think there will be fertile drones available in Christchurch in 2-3 weeks time? i agree with trevor, a picture will help figuring out if its emergency cells (i bet it is) provided it is emergency cells you can either let them do their thing, but i dont see how the virgin queen would get to be mated (a local from chch will be able to tell if theres a chance) or what i would do here is either get a mated queen or just break all cells and merge the hive with another one (after a good inspection).
  10. thats funny. because certain russian breeds now apparently survive without treatment ("primorsky"). And the statement that the food chain would collapse is simply put not true. The capabilities of evolution and the ignorance of beekeepers apparently both are nearly unlimited. Randy Olivers successes just after 2 years speak for themselves. Even if you just take the time and do a quick google search you'll find plenty of beekeepers worldwide who have not treated their bees for a few years and still have minimal winter losses . I happen to know 2 european ones personally. I wouldnt be surprised if there were even cases like that in new zealand (and keeping quiet about it for obvious reasons) While I would never suggest anybody to just stop treating, especially not beginners and "commercials" with less than a few years of experience, people who know what they are doing and follow a similar approach to mr Oliver could and should go ahead with trying to breed for more mite resistant/tolerant stock.
  11. Tighter rules and regulations for the honest beekeepers to take care of a few greedy a**holes... tell me how lower speed limits stop speeding. Or other bad driving habits very common in nz...
  12. heres another study paper (in english) done by the belgians. https://www.health.belgium.be/sites/default/files/uploads/fields/fpshealth_theme_file/verslag_veldproef_bijenwas_ilvo_rapport_stearine_def_en.pdf
  13. i would be surprised if there werent already heaps of chinese "beeswax" in nz. apart from the biosecirity lssue chineese wax can (and very likely will) contain other products like stearine or paraffine (the latter being mixed into wax foundation for decades worldwide). In 2016 someone imported tons of chinese beeswax into europe. At first the issue was mostly ignored by the officials (and it sometimes still is). In short scientists proved that even 5% contamination of pure beeswax with this chinese product will kill brood. have a look at the pictures here http://www.bee-gann.de/bilder.html rest assured that the hives you see there were checked for any diseases and were healthy, apart from the wax in their comb killing them. (the symptoms also disappeared if they removed the comb completely and put the hives onto fresh and pure wax foundation) any beekeeper waxing his own frames or producing his own foundation with his own beeswax will be fine, everybody else should at least be aware. that said does anybody know a lab that does test beeswax for contamination and pesticide residues?
  14. what is the theory behind as to how 1080 would actually make it into a beehive? dust? bees trying to forage sugar from the baits?
  15. it is proven they are a threat to honeybees, but they dont threaten any honeybee population for various reasons (beekeepers keeping other diseases at bay and making enough splits is one). agricultural pesticides in general however are responsible in the biggest loss of biomass (insects) worldwide. in certain areas up to 80% of all insect live has gone (and many birds) - speaking more of europe here. im always very pleased to see how many bugs still fly around here. regarding 1080 it would be interesting to get some scientific evidence that does not have a high risk of being biased.
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