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  1. Update: I went in today and removed two queen cells from the bottom brood box, level the best looking one. I also decided to double check the top brood box just to be safe (as I didn’t recall seeing any queen cells in that box last weekend). I’m glad I did. I found a frame with at least 6 queen cells on it! So so I dealt to those as well. I’m a little nervous now. Should I be? Also, there is A LOT of drones hanging around and huge amounts of drone cells. I I’m assuming that’s due to the new queens? Is there anything I should do with those drone cells, or jus
  2. Hi Ali. Good question. I treated my original hive for varroa in late September until end of Oct. so as the swarm was from that hive it should be fine. But I will treat the hive I have just caught. Am I right I’m assuming that I should collect honey that was produced while a hive is being treated? My current treatment is Bayvarol. And the treatment is generally for 4-6 weeks correct? Or longer?
  3. I had another thought. I have just caught another swarm from a mates house. To be exact, they had started making comb in his compost bin so that would make it technically a hive (although, only a few days old). My wonderings were, would it be best to a. Hive them as hope the queen is good? b. Buy a new, mated, Queen? c. Put one of the Queen cells from this hive (the one mentioned in the previous comments), into my new one? If so, how would I go about that?
  4. Thanks guys. This is so helpful! You guys are legends. I will head back in tomorrow (got days for wearing a full bee suit but it’s got to be done).
  5. Hey guys. I inspected my hive today (the same one which I put a second box on top of). A week and a half after I put the second box on, it was entirely full with lots of brood. I put a honey box on top, and a few days later it swarmed. I have now housed that swarm. I did did an inspection today on the hive today (4 days after it swarmed) and I noticed that there are at least 3 capped queen cells. Does that mean that it is about to swarm again? Dave
  6. Great. So the bees will just stick around? And I shake whatever is left into the box? I’m also assuming I leave it there, at least over night to collect whatever bees I don’t catch?
  7. Hey guys. So I didn’t follow much of that conversation but I’m glad I created the opportunity for some good banter i have another swarm related question. A friend called me saying he has a swarm that has found a home in a compost bin. I will collect it tomorrow but I am needing advice. Im assuming they have started making comb, which will be hanging from the lid. How do I collect it? Is it a matter of cutting the comb, strapping it to frames, and hoping I have the Queen? Do I need a vac? Do I need a queen cage to catch her in? What should be my technique and approach?
  8. Thanks guys. Unfortunately the foundation that was in the frames was old and when I checked the nuc, 3 of the 4 had fallen off, so I needed to replace those. I took the opportunity to rehouse them. Fingers crossed it all works well. Out of interest, is in the new or old queen that is likely to have been in the swarm? Would you recommend replacing the new queen with a new mated queen? Or will she mate reasonably quickly and be ready to go? (The old queen is only 1 year old so she is still all good).
  9. I put 4 frames in the box. So leave them on those in that nuc for a week then move them into a permanent home? They have only been in for an hour and a half.
  10. its In a nuc box. I was thinking of housing it tonight around 6.30. Is there an ideal time to house a swarm?
  11. Hi there. Unfortunately, despite my efforts by bees swarmed this afternoon. Luckily, onto a tree on my property. I am considering housing them beside my current hive. Are there rules regarding how close you can place a new hive beside their previous hive? My preference is right beside it (as I don't have much room for an alternative spot).
  12. This is one of the reasons I prefer plastic frames... Hi Craig Nice to hear from you again! Thanks for that advice. I am stoked that they are so healthy but I feel a sense of anxiety that I need to act on fast! Hope you're doing well.
  13. Thanks guys. I’ll jump back in tomorrow and add a second box.
  14. Kia ora e hoa ma (hey friends) Wondering if you could help me. My bees have steadily been growing in numbers. I checked them again today and they are full to the brim. They had even build some cone in the underside of the feeder tray. So my questions are... - What are my next steps? - Do I chuck a second brood box on top? - If so, how do I do that? Do I take the frames from the outside and chuck them in the middle of the new box? I also spotted some interesting cells. Are the practise queen cells? See photo's below. Thanks for your help
  15. 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).
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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 hav
  19. 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.
  20. 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 thi
  21. 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?
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 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
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