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  1. Hi there. I have just done a cut out from inside the wall of a house. It went well and I think I got most of the bees, and the queen. I will do an inspection in the next few days (at the new location) to make sure. My question is, do I seal the entrance to the old hive (in the wall)? There is a bit a buzzing inside, but not the hum of a bee colony (from what I can gather).
  2. Kia ora team I am cleaning out 2 old hives that have been breakfast, lunch, and dinner for some wax moths. I have a few questions. 1. What do I do with the old comb and honey that I cut out? I live in the city, so can't easily burn them. I could put them in the rubbish but that might make for problems at the landfill. Any helpful thoughts? 2. Once I have cleared the frames I will either freeze them or take to them with a heat gun to destroy any eggs or larvae. Is there a preference? 3. At this final stage, the advice looks like to bleach them. Is this correct? Thanks in advance.
  3. I was called by a friend who has a new family living in the wall of their house. They have been there for 2 days and can be seen coming in and out from a small hole between 2 external weatherboards. My assumption is that the only way to remove them is to put a hole in the wall and cut the comb out. Is this true, or is there another alternative? If I am going to do this, any advice? - How big should the hole be? - How do I make sure I get all the bees? - How do I connect the bees to a new frame? Thanks
  4. Kia ora koutou I was alerted to a 'swarm' today, and when I turned up to collect it there were only a few handfuls of bees. I think someone must have gotten to it in the hours it took me to arrive. I have left the box on the ground, and so far, I have seen bees consistently making their way in. My questions are: 1. Am I right in assuming that I am unlikely to have a queen with the bees? 2. What is the minimum amount of bees needed to start a hive? Would the recommendation be to purchase a queen, or gift these to an existing hive (I currently don't have a hive, I was hoping this would be my next lot).
  5. Hi Josh. Ine died several months ago. This one has been in the way out for a while. I didn’t get in any treatment in this spring. I was very involved over summer and Autumn but I guess I underestimated how vigilant I needed to be over winter.
  6. kia ora koutou. I have 2 hives which unfortunately did not do well over winter. One has died from varroa, and the other is almost there (with an unhealthy dose of wax moth also). I have a few questions. Hive 1 Died a couple of months ago from suspected varroa. Plenty of honey left. quite a bit of mould. Question: How do I prepare this hive for new bees? Hive 2 Is on the way out. Very little activity but a few bees still sticking it out (probably a handful at the most). Plenty of wax moth for the bees to compete with. Question 1: Is this a gonna? Is it even worth trying to treat the max moth? My gut is that it would be a losing battle. Question 2: How do I treat the wax moth to prepare for a new batch of bees? I have a large freezer which I imagine might be handy.
  7. This is a really good read. Thanks for all the time you guys have put into this. So here is my predicament. As a hobby beekeeper, I am struggling to manage the complexity of this issue, and find the time to address it in the way that has been suggested. Therefore I think the death of this hive is inevitable. At the moment I will try to source another frame of bees from my other hive and hope for the best. If the death of a hive in inevitable, how do you manage that process?
  8. Hi @frazzledfozzle I used Apiguard. I followed the normal instructions, however, I got them in quite late. Do you agree with the advice from Philbee?
  9. Hi @Philbee Thanks for your thoughts. So if I understand you correctly you are saying shake off as many healthy bees as I can (do I just pick out the ones with deformed wings?), get a frame of brood from another hive, add 2 frames of honey (so 3 frames in total) and put it in a Nuc. Then wait until spring?
  10. Hey guys. I opened my bees up to remove by varroa treatment (first time in about 6 weeks) and it wasn't looking great. Here are the details - Double brood box set up. - Bees only in the top box. - Bottom box has some mould - There was plenty of honey still - Spotted a good amount of brood and a few eggs - There were lots of bees that had not come out but the cappings were removed - Some dead bees had their heads out and their tongues sticking out - Some bees dead inside were black - I mushed one up with a stick, didn't seem stringy, although it did stretch 1 mm or 2. So what do you think my next steps should be? Here are some photos.
  11. Hi everyone. This is my first year bee keeping so lots to learn what should I be doing / looking for in my autumn inspections and how frequently should I be doing them? I have varroa treatment on st the moment which I’m about to remove.
  12. Thanks for the thought Alastair. As this is my first year I have a lot to learn. A bit of trial and error is a good teacher. I will see how I go.
  13. Ok, so If I understand correctly, I need to gently heat my honey to remove existing crystals, then cool it back down, and add the cream starter. Is it ok to do this in a big pot over a low temperature? In regards to the temperature for cremaing, it was my understanding that the creaming process happens (after the starter has been added) once the honey cools to a particular temperature. @Alastair, are you suggesting that it is also important what the temperature the honey is when you add the cream starter?
  14. Hey guys. I am about to start creaming 15kgs of honey, however, I just noticed that my honey has already started to crystallise (subtly). I am wondering if I need to heat my honey so that it is perfectly smooth, or if I can cream it the way it is?
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