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  1. Each season I look forward to the kanuka-rich honey which comes out just fine using the "tickler" technique I have posted above.

    And its easy to do ...

    And my family and honey clients look forward to this honey as it's unheated in any way, and keeps all it's flavour.


  2. I sometimes get a bit grumpy when people don't bother to read posts about hobby bee keeping approach and learn about the thixotrophic characteristic of kanuka honey.  If the honey is agitated it changes from a gel to a liquid form and can be spun out, and over time becomes a gel again.

    And a half jar of gel honey won't flow, but will if stirred with a spoon - and demonstrates the principle of "tickling" I posted about.

    And I use a fruit press like the one described to get the honey out of the cappings if there are quite a lot.


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  3. Just re-queen with a protected queen cell and the virgin queen will be the assassin who kills the present queen for you.  In 6 weeks all the bad tempered bees will have died of old age and your hive will be nice again.

  4. 3 hours ago, okthen said:

    Nz  clover honey $7.50 , 500 grams

    on aussie supermarket shelves .

    Pure deliciousness.  Given up trying to find a nice floral tasting aussie honey. 

    It's like chewing gum leaves. Hats off  to the nz beeks that got there product onto the supermarket shelves. 



    Just try Yellow Box honey from Euc melliodora




    Very good honey, much more complex than NZ clover.


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  5. Hi,

    We have three hives about a Km from you, opened them today and they are doing very well, capping lots of honey, and not a varroa to be seen on drone larvae in bridge comb.

    How long did you leave the Apivar strips in for spring treatment ?

    Your sugar shake varroa load indicates an urgent need for treatment.



  6. 11 hours ago, john berry said:

    Sorry Tudor but those weightlifting suggestions are ludicrous. Even a three-quarter box would be well over.

    I am 62, have been beekeeping all my life and can still stack a 40 kg box of honey on the truck well above my head. Lifting hives and boxes of honey without hurting your back is primarily technique and not that much to do with strength.

    I sometimes think government regulations are designed to make us all weak, fat, stupid, dependent and lazy and  they seem to be working.

    PS. When I was in England a couple of winters ago I took off a few full honey boxes that were one half depth modified Dadants . I hate to think what those little beauties weighed.

    You are a survivor, long may it continue.

  7. So, when Margot C gets a back injury from lifting 40 Kg boxes, she will receive ACC support but only if she is within NZ.

    It may be appropriate to point this out before she is injured, and get her to help with non-lifting activities or up to 20 Kg .




    What Are The Guidelines On The Maximum Weight You Should Attempt Lift?

    The maximum weight you can lift depends on:

    • Your gender
    • The distance of the load from your body
    • The height of the load

    The following diagram depicts the guidelines:



  8. yes digitalis poisoned one toddler here who had to be admitted - a flower was given to him by his strange brother !

    We removed all foxgloves, and now they are returning after 15 years.  Lovely in the garden again, but new crop of grand kids is starting ...

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  9. Back to basics.

    The first step is to prevent the hive entering the "We are going to swarm" mode

    Then an intervention such as an Artificial Swarm if they are in swarming mode.


    Or they will swarm.


    Look up how to do it my "Easy Bee Keeping for Hobbyists in NZ".


  10. It really depends on the point of view.  I have always been a hobby BK and used one size (3/4),  don't use queen excluder, and freely use boxes anywhere which have had brood.  Honey has lots of pollen in it, and is full of flavour, and lots of bits of wax especially if it contains kanuka - it needs "tickling" to get the honey out of the comb.  And, obviously, no active brood in the cells when considered for extraction. It is strained and not filtered, and in high demand with people who like really tasty honey.  But only a couple of hundred kg's per year, completely different view point!


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  11. Harsh  ?  That's the Socratic teaching method I have used for many years to help produce effective doctors.

    "The oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching. In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions. Fortunately, the abilities we gain by focusing on the elements of reasoning in a disciplined and self-assessing way, and the logical relationships that result from such disciplined thought, prepare us for Socratic questioning."

    And producing good, inquiring bee keepers as well.



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