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  1. On 27/09/2019 at 12:38 PM, jamesc said:

    Hmm ..... Christmas time we is celebrating the birth of the Baby Jesus with The Doctor , but if you need a base camp , you is welcome.... just don't try to convert us to Guiness.


    That's a very kind offer, thank you. Who is The Doctor btw?? Don't worry about the Guinness, I drink so much of it of it that nobody in NZ need worry about drinking the bittersweet nectar of the Emerald Isle. I think the All Blacks must drink it though, it must be what makes them so fearsome :-)

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  2. On 27/09/2019 at 11:49 AM, jamesc said:

    Well now Irish Honey .... we use a smoker most days, particularly when I find I have left my veil in 'The other truck' and have  to go commando.

    We burn old coffee sacks or pine needles.

    The smoke soothes the bees ..... makes 'em stick their heads in the cells to suck on honey, which apparently soothes their souls and makes them less inclined to take umbrage at being disturbed, and resort to stinging the intruder.

    Most days it works.

    Perhaps it does also disturb the pheremone..

    All I know is that it works.... most of the time ! 


    Still looking for some work experience ?

    Hi Jamesc. It's good to know it works - one of the books also said that you can use the smoker on your hands if you are not using gloves. I imagine nobody working hives regularly would use gloves.

    Yes I'm still looking for work experience for sure. When does the season kick off in NZ? Would it be as early as November?

  3. Hello to all.

    I have read just two books now on beginning beekeeping.


    One author says that using a smoker on the beehive disrupts the bee's pheromone signals to one another, while you do your work in the hive.

    The other author says that using a smoker on the beehive makes the bees think that there is a fire, then they will busy themselves eating stored honey (before departure) while you do your work in the hive.


    To me, the first theory seems more credible, can anyone shed any light?


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  4. 13 hours ago, BeeGirl said:

    You could try Greenvale Honey in Waikaka, Southland. I know a couple of years ago they took on someone with no beekeeping experience at all and he never thought he would go don that particular road of employment, but it turned it ( like the rest of us) he got hooked from the moment he started and absolutely loves it.

    Many thanks for your reply Beegirl. And to anyone else who replied. Is Greenvale the place near Gore? I did an internet search for them, looking for a website but I think they are only on Facebook. l'll try them anyway. Thanks

  5. Hello,

    I am new to beekeeping and would like to get some hands on experience before I decide to purchase my own hives.

    My holiday plan this year is to travel to NZ for a few weeks towards the end of this year. 

    Can anybody suggest any place with lots of hives, preferably on south island, where they need volunteers or WWOOFERS?

    Then I can make contact and line things up. 

    Thanks in advance and Beehave (as opposed to Beehive :-)

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