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Trevor Gillbanks

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  1. Ok. Thanks. I knew it was all tied up somewhere until manuka came along
  2. Yes. They called their Leptospermum Leather wood or Tee tree.
  3. 2 swarms again today. 20 km apart. 1 @ 2.5 kg 1 @ 4.5 kg. Nice and easy captures. 2 kgs 4 .5 kg. 2.5 m up a small totara tree.
  4. They don't need the old queen to be around to swarm. They will wait until the first virgin emerges and then go with her. Unfortunately, the will keep going with virgins as separate swarms until they have virtually no bees left. You need to take more action than just removing the old queen. I would split the heck out of it and leave 1 queen cell with each split.
  5. Well, they will need at least 12 managers to run the 12 apprentices for starters. Then every manager and apprentice will need a new Toyota Landcruiser for starters.
  6. They were about 10 km apart, so not related. I will know in about 3 days when I check them if they have a queen each. I believe they will.
  7. 2 more swarms today. I could not get a photo of one as it was in an Ivy plant on a fence. Thanks goodness for the bee vac. The second was in a camilia street tree 1.5 m high. Another simple job for the bee vac. Very pretty surrounded with flowers. Both swarms around the 2 kg mark.
  8. Frames are too small to dip. It is only the boxes that may get dipped. Frames inside the hive are covered in wax and will last for many years. Dipping is for wood preservation or disease control.
  9. As do many people on any forum. I can't be bothered with checking the spelling or grammar or capitalization etc.
  10. I do not believe they will have a dipper. In fact I do not know of any bee club with that sort of facility. Too expensive and too dangerous to use.
  11. No. I am fine. What's the problem.
  12. Welcome to the forum. Highly unlikely that you will be able to get anyone to hot dip the boxes for you. If you buy Ecrotek Ready To Go boxes they are pre hot dipped. Commercial beekeepers dip their own boxes but cannot be bothered with a small run of one or 2 boxes.
  13. Reposit it is quickest.
  14. I think that @Dave Black may have missed out on a word and his post should read. It's interesting sometimes to (Look) back at people's past posts... It puts a different light on the post.
  15. I just collected my first swarm for 2020. Good size. 4 plus Kg of bees.
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  17. What happened to the photos that you were meant to take and post on here
  18. Thanks @Maggie James Great info. I also agree about dairy being bee desert also.
  19. Sorry. I was more thinking of an overall seasonal crop rather than pollination crops. (my bad). Sad to hear of no clover crop, but was that just seasonal or is it getting more prevalent or due to overcrowding. (that is certainly what happens up around this way with huge dump sites).
  20. I am sure there are. But they would be usually high country locations where it is too cold or windy or both.
  21. Of course they get a honey crop in Ashhurst. It would be a pretty unusual place anywhere in New Zealand if they didn't get a honey crop. Ashurst is spelt with 2 x H's Therefore Ashhurst is the correct spelling. Yes. Bees will collect pine pollen but as @Alastair has said, it is very low on nutrition.
  22. Then re join them. Pick the best queens and kill the ones you don't want. Newspaper joint will work great.
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