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  1. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    Thank you all
  2. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    Has anyone else had this happen with the extent of being hospitalized but still kept bees?
  3. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    And they found it.
  4. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    Ok, so I had a look inside, Its humming, I lost count at about 1 million, 435 thousand bees..?. They all look very healthy with a few frames of solid brood in the bottom box. The top box has five frames of honey, three in the process of being loaded but uncapped. The other frames in the top box are loaded with bees drawing out I presume. I'm assuming the dead young ones are isolated. I checked for AFB in the capped brood cells and they were clear. Anyway and strangely several bees managed to get under my hood and I was stung several times but managed to reassemble both boxes. Unfortunately I went into anaphylactic shock and was ambulanced to Auckland hospital for overnight. Several adrenaline shots and two drips later I have been warned by the doctors that I am extremely allergic and cannot get any more stings. Sadly, the fun police have got me and I need to quit the beekeeping which is devastating. Therefore I have a two high hive in central Auckland humming with bees and will be open to offers. I would be happy for this to go to a hobby guy in Auckland who loves bees. You must pack it and pick this up and I cannot help unfortunately at the risk of more stings. I would consider any offer, real cheap if you take it away.
  5. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    Thank you Kiwi Bee, Are you placing apivar in tomorrow?
  6. BrentG

    NZBF Dead youngsters?

    Treated with Apivar at the end of February. should I treat now with bayvoral or an organic something, hesitant to break into the hive in August. i don't have access to Oxalic.
  7. Hi folk. This morning a small pile (8) tiny bees shunted out onto the landing board. Assuming newly emerged. Should I be concerned? Or is this normal? Fine day in Auckland and the rest of them bringing in heaps of Pollen and nectar. My noob eyes cant see any mites, or are they the black dot on two of them. Sorry about the pic. Cellphone only.
  8. BrentG

    NZBF Winter honey

    so I should be feeding a bit more?..two deep single hive with top feeder
  9. BrentG

    NZBF Winter honey

    Kanuka and manuka is in full flower around the parks in Auckland (no bees on them in New Lynn Park but full bloom) . A few stray bees around the hebe , also in flower under the kanuka shrubs.
  10. BrentG

    NZBF Winter honey

    Thanks Dansar, The bees here are bringing in pollen and nectar most days
  11. BrentG

    NZBF Winter honey

    As a newbie in Auckland I was wondering why we stop inspecting hives and harvesting honey in winter? I understand that further south in NZ and other places around the world there are real winters; But a mild Auckland winter could be the same as some summer days in Invercargill (sorry Invercargillites). The bees here are out and about most mild days. It hasn't been that cold. to date. Is anyone in Auckland doing so??
  12. Found this on You tube, Interested in your thoughts? ? Turn the music down ..it'll drive ya nuts.
  13. BrentG

    NZBF Wax Foundation

    Hi Mummzie. Dipped board into hot wax and cooled then rolled. I just cant justify an embossing roller
  14. BrentG

    NZBF Wax Foundation

    I cant help myself Tristan. I wonder if we also do what we have always done or we are already doing it right..?