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  1. I purchased an annual subscription of MyApiary (got a 30% discount during the trial period, which I used when I paid). It would be a good app I think - if you could actually use it when you are outside cell phone area (who in their right mind would create a beekeeping app that you can only use in areas with cell phone reception!), and if you could get it to give you a reminder on a date that something needs to be done in your apiaries (e.g. the date you want to remove varroa strips). Unless they change these two things in the next year, I won't be renewing my subscription. Can anyone tell me where they get their weatherproof stickers that can be put on the lids - which can survive New Zealand's strong sun? I got some printed in China and shipped to New Zealand, but they are delaminating after a few months of sun-bathing.
  2. Hi @Kiwi Bee the hive accepted that queen, but as with most of my hives this autumn, the queens have really really slowed down on laying! So the colony is pretty small. They have plenty of honey stores though, so let's see how she goes through the winter - if we ever get one. Was 19 deg and calm here today - just perfect for checking the hives.
  3. Yeah, all our hives have no brood in either. With the first few hives I found it in, I thought the queens were faulty - but it can't be that in all our hives and all our apiaries...!
  4. I have also had nice neighbours who have contacted me when there is a sudden increase in the number of our bees which are flying (and pooing) over their place - no doubt when their house is in between the hive and some tree which happens to be flowering. I'm not sure if it is placebo effect or not, but I have just turned the hive around slightly, and let the neighbours know, and then according to them the problem goes away. This has happened on several occasions with 2 different neighbours. It does seem to me that rotating the hive slightly can alter the bee flight path. Funnily enough, for the first time ever, 2 days ago I also had a similar problem as you with another neighbour who had dozens of bees interested in her roof for some strange reason. Good thing that she was fairly laid back as there were quite a few bees inside her house and back porch area too. They weren't clustered as if swarming, and with a bit of recent rain, I can't see that they were looking for water in the gutters or anything. They weren't interested in any other house/roof in our neighbourhood. But they were definitely flying/hovering above her roof, although not really landing on it or inside the gutters. She seemed to think that there was something blowing from her nearby Pohutukawa tree which was landing on the roof, which they liked (I don't know what Pohutukawa trees are producing at this time of the year though - they flowered round here months ago). The bees were gone in a few hours, but it remains a mystery to me.
  5. Thanks all for the suggestions. Yes, good ideas to add more brood when adding the queen, and testing the reaction to the queen prior to adding her to the hive. Also, would be very doable to shake the bees over a queen excluder. I've looked really hard in there for the queen - but there is still a possibility that I've missed her I guess. There is a 'roar' when I go into the hive, another hint that there is no queen. Even if she is in there, she's a useless layer... I know I probably should just let it die off at this time of year - but can't really bring myself to let it happen LOL! Partly because it puzzles me so much that they haven't raised a new queen.
  6. Thanks Trevor, what did you do with the honey in the hive? There's quite a bit... I'm actually quite keen to save the hive, but just not sure whether it would winter very well with a new queen and not that many bees, and wondering whether she would lay many between now and winter.
  7. Hi fellow beekeepers, I've had a hive which has been queenless for a while now. When I first noticed it, I added a frame of young brood from another hive, but they didn't raise a queen from that brood. So, I added another frame of brood - still no queen. Why wouldn't they raise a queen from the brood (contained lots of eggs to choose from), when they clearly don't have a queen. No sign of disease in the hive, nor large numbers of dead bees. As you'd expect, they have plenty of honey - they haven't had to raise brood for a while now. Now the bee numbers have really started to fall off (end of season, and no laying queen). Interesting that no laying workers have materialised, maybe because of the added frames of brood? It has been a lovely Auckland autumn with warm weather, but I'm wondering whether it is too late in the season to save this hive. I've just ordered a new queen, and hope to place her in the hive tomorrow.
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