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  1. Most beekeepers have public liability, and hopefully professional indemnity. BUT, if something were to happen that OSH deemed you could have prevented or was in some way your fault, the beekeepers insurance might pay out the beekeeper, but then go after you for the money. However the reality is that if everybody decided it wasn't worth the risk, there would not be a lot of places to put beehives. To comply with OSH you need to assess risks to the beekeeper, and then take all practicle steps to mitigate or minimise them. You need to have paperwork, and it would pay to ch
  2. Oh OK. Long long time after I was there.
  3. Just out of interest James do you remember what year that was?
  4. Interesting Nikki, yes there has been a shift in the normal pattern here this season also.
  5. Yes. There are several ways to deal with the problem but that is one. A suggestion, don't shake them all out at once, just a few frames a day for several days so you won't get overwhelming numbers arriving at the queenright hive at the same time. But try to get them shaken within a week or so. Then you can add the combs of drone brood back to the hive so the bees can clean them up. To know if it's laying workers or a drone laying queen, look at the eggs. A drone laying queen will still lay normally, one egg bottom centre of each cell. Laying workers there will be many e
  6. Which is what I do. Had a drum go bad once and it's not a great feeling. My few selected sites get cold sea breeze and manuka is later than everything else around where I am, so I have to harvest late and get other stuff mixed in, but at least it's capped. Only end up with 5+ but some of the other numbers are good for blending and it's still good money.
  7. Not sure how it works in Eyrewell, but up here manuka flowers first, then kanuka. There can be an overlap though so it's tricky. The further south you go the later the manuka flowers, so not sure how that affects the overlap between manuka and kanuka.
  8. Sorry to hear all that Maru. Strange, manuka where I am is still flowering profusely, and my hives are full of it I have never seen so much manuka in my hives. Never know till the money is in the bank, but my suspicion is this will be a freak extra good year over here.
  9. A hive can be developing laying workers but not show eggs. What happens is that if an unfertilised egg gets laid in a worker cell, the bees remove it. Which is why with a failing queen we may see spotty brood. So when a hive gets laying workers, the workers that are still normal are running around removing those eggs. We only start seeing those eggs once the hive is getting fairly overun by laying workers. One study found that in a laying worker hive they dissected bees from, around half the bees had developed their overies and were laying eggs. There is argument about wether
  10. Kawakawa tea is bitter if it's strong enough, got to be pretty weak not to taste that. It's a refreshing drink in it's weak form
  11. After you posted about this a few months ago Goran, I made a honey and kawakawa mix. (Kawakawa is a native NZ plant that Maori believe to be very healthy and a treatment for sickness). It did work, but tastes very bitter so I don't think it will be a commercial seller. Interestingly the honey has not granulated, stayed totally liquid. Whereas the exact same honey that does not have kawakawa, all granulated quite some time ago. It's in the pantry and will be getting used if anyone here gets sick .
  12. You'll be surprised how they can manage to get mated in bad weather. just give things a wee bit more time and don't move anything till it's definately past the mating window for the queen, that is going to be the safest option and the one with the most odds of good results this season. Not 100% odds, but better odds than any other option.
  13. Not just that, but their terminology is wrong. They are implying that creamed honey has something added to it. I don't personally have an issue with flavoured honeys, I tried some recently and it was delicious. But it should be clearly stated on the label.
  14. Told ya! Use larvae. However. If there were no queen cells at all, on that or any comb, there is a queen in the hive. Or, it has been queenless so long it has laying workers.
  15. Could have been more than 2 if people believed all the info given, I think that's what he meant.
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