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  1. Thaks Alastair. I've got a couple of two queen hives this summer. I took nucs off of hives with old queen as a swarm prevention method ,then squashed queens and put bees back into hive later when they had requeened. A couple that I couldnt bring myself to kill i put into a box above excluder. All working out great for now. Not that i need extra honey, dont know enough people to give it to.
  2. Do most commercial bee outfits mark queens? Ive only had bees for three years with ten hives how and dont see the point in marking them. Whats the main reason ya it for?
  3. Quintinia been in full flower for at least a week and clematis for three weeks. Must be a bit warmer here. Though lookin at the 10 day forecast it dosnt look like bees will be getting out much. Will have to check see what they got stashed away.
  4. Bush lawyer flowering here to, Quintinea flowering well also and today i see some young Kamahi trees flowering, with some larger trees budding up. Fuchsia all finished. Looking in diary and is same timing as last year. So about 28th boxes should go on for Kamahi which last year was all finished 30th Dec.
  5. Id have to be quite Hungry to eat a rat. Though i did eat some hedgehog at a school camp over the hill there once. Bout 1977. Have learnt how to find yummyer tucker since then.
  6. When i was a kid we used to shoot rats in Turangi with air rifles.The dump was a good spot and the Tokaanu stream had the biggest water rats that ive ever seen to this day. They were huge.
  7. Hi. Im not an expert but id think they would have drawn comb and the queen would be laying after a week. Id arrange for someone to check for AFB after a brood cycle and before putting into new hive. Wouldnt want to burn a hive and a nuc box. As for varroa id put in now. And when to put in hive id say when AFB checked and nuc box is packed with bees.
  8. Yep. The hills are alive. Tis a great thing, can get the kids started young filling the freezer and supplying thier friends familys with free range organic meat. Shame we cant cash em in like we used to. Deer to the chiller at 8, cash cheque cleared at pub at 11. Ah the good ole days. Doc will need to be 1080ing em soon when they run out of possums an rats.
  9. Quintinia just started in from hoki. A few trees in flower but most just startin. My bees been all over the fuchsia last two weeks. Kamahi looks like its still asleep.
  10. Just got back in. Been out with my 16 yr old daughter and she shot one big pest. Protecting the clover for the bees and saving the need for tax payers money to buy more 1080. We just need to get out an shoot more. Easy.
  11. Yep. Like they say, everythings bigger on the coast.
  12. Yep. Whitebaiter shootin a 270. YTB8TA is my number plate. Time will sure tell how well mated they are. They were packed full and had plenty of drones so thinned them out tryin to avoid swarming. So far so good. Double brood boxes and first supers went on a few to fill up with quintinea for winter feed. Bring out the sun. 😊
  13. Hives i took splits off of on the 21 sept that i checked yesterday , 4 of the 5 have new mated queens just started laying. Other one will have old queen put back in. And thats Lake Kaniere, ####ty west coast where its hardly been above 15 degrees. ???
  14. Wana buy some clean green honey not from the DROP ZONE ?
  15. Been very wet here on the coast but thats not that unusual for winter/spring. Nice and sunny today and looks ok for rest of this week. My hives (10 ) were building up strong and had young drones and swarm cells started on the 15 sept so took nucs with old queens off those hives and now have virgins in them now. Only left one big cell in when i checked on 26th. If things dont work out i still have old queens. Had couple swarm last year and hope for none this year. Just need good weather.
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