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Peter Sharpe

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Peter Sharpe last won the day on November 15 2015

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  • Swarm Collection Area
    Ellesmere district and Christchurch
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    Hobby Beekeeper
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  1. Thanks @yesbut Will check the one that the kids have
  2. You can also store maqs in the freezer to extend expiry date if you can't use all 25 before may 17th
  3. Why does the neighbour give the swarms back? he would be better off calling a beekeeper from further away or risk having more hives next door
  4. Is this app private or available on android? Thanks. Just private at the moment, need to iron out a few kinks.
  5. I'm using an app that the missus made for me, it records all sorts of information for each hive inspection, date, time, weather, hive conditions, stores, diseases, feed requirements, varoa controls, I put my phone in a plastic bag and us the scan function on barcodes mostly, it all uploads when i get back in cell range. it is still under development, and unfortunately not priority for her so I just have to live with the glitches for now. :oops: for the highly skilled missus - yes for the farmer / hobby beekeeper with fat fingers - no
  6. Shouldn't do, you should do an afb check before you remove anything from the hive. hopefully you will have someone to help by then. If it is after Xmas I could be tempted to a roadtrip seeing as how you have good rivers down there
  7. The barcodes could be doing any number of things. From simple track and trace of honey boxes to hive inspections records that feed to an app. My partner sells them and in her spare time is building me an app for hive monitoring. She doesn't have much spare time so it is taking a while. I tested the barcode scanner on my phone and it still works from inside a plastic bag.
  8. For us, it is because beekeeper a has been there for generations and they are good blokes. I've got other places to put my own bees well away from there's I can understand why other land owners might prefer beekeeper B
  9. Try farmers markets too, those stall holders love to talk & would probably love to have some bees to pollinate their crops
  10. You don't, they are very poor graphs. I looked at them and couldn't decipher so I gave up. Probably won't bother with the survey this year.
  11. Got that too but only just read it now. I wonder if they look at it on a regional basis? To see if there are any local issues,
  12. I've got sheep tidying up round my hives. They do a great job.
  13. Too right, I'd be upset if my cattle were deliberately poisoned and expect some police action but I would hope the headline would read "What killed 20 cattle?" rather than "what killed $15000 worth of cattle?"
  14. Is it bugging anybody else that this story quantifies bees as a dollar value rather than number of bees or colonies?
  15. Give me a call in spring. I'll be splitting hives. My bees out leeston way are going much better than my home hives
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