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  1. Penny dropped today - I described her to Brice as having very obvious legs "like a grasshopper" and he pointed out that she must be a virgin queen - a mated queen's abdomen hides most of the legs, and I found three mated queens today, and she is obviously not. In retrospect, I wonder if her wings are a bit small. Plan - give her another 10 days and see if she has mated - we have warm weather and still have quite a few drones around. If not, apply the hive tool test, and preserve the comb and stores for next season. I have a lot of brood frames which can be used to support her if she starts laying. I really enjoy learning something new every day. Regards.
  2. Hi Janice, I presume that the hive needs some workers to see them through winter - and the hive has had 7 brood frames since mid Feb. I'll discuss it with Brice tomorrow at the "prepare a beehive for winter" practical. I did not look for brood on other hives today and wil do that if he recommends more brood. Thanks.
  3. The other risk of course, is ongoing weakening of the hive you are robbing brood from at this time of the year when they are already in slow-down mode. Hmm, plot thickens - I looked this morning and found a queen in the brood box, active and looking into cells but no evidence of eggs or any brood. Quite small ? poorly mated. Number of workers seems to be falling, probably no point in introducing brood frames again ? I left her and will look again in 10 days - OK ? Or should I put her in a nuc with closed brood and stores and see how she goes ? Regards.
  4. Yes, about four frames from QR were introduced and seemed to stop the laying, or the layers just died of old age. And two protected queen cells were ripped during the process implying a negative behaviour even though workers were not laying towards the end. Laying workers may be a phase during the failing of QL hives (unmonitored) which are later are found dead, and the evidence has gone by then. So the frame intervention did not work here, we will probably try tipping out all bees next time and see that effect. Have many people found the laying worker phenomenon ? How common is it ? Or related more to the frequency of monitoring ?
  5. Thanks, D, lots to think about esp. about letting a hive die out .... A - probable B - possible, but I need to borrow space in a freezer C - not I'll do a final check tomorrow and decide. Regards.
  6. Yes, today was pandemonium with foragers dashing in and out with the sun warm and little breeze, then closed down completely when it clouded over and felt like frost is on the way. Seems to be the pattern. Will winter them down in a day or so.
  7. Hi, we have a QL hive in which workers started laying months ago, all supers and brood box were full of drone brood which has now hatched and gone. Frames of brood were entered three times which seemed to stop the workers laying (or they just died out) and two requeening attempts with cells failed - cells both ripped. At this time of the year, is it wise to combine this hive which still has quite a lot of bees (probably from the brood frames) and honey, or let it die out and retrieve the honey, and start again in spring ? Thanks
  8. Hi, Thanks for your post and follow ups. I realise that there ain't no simple answer. I now have 4 hives (one FD, 3 medium) and wanting to buy four mature working hives and available are FB brood box plus 2 stores medium boxes, which seems to work well near the coast in Otago. Decided to go with this to get a jump up in stock etc, rather than taking another year to get there. And will avoid using FD's for honey to protect myself, and build up a supply of FD nucs with a few medium nucs in case of unexpected things happening ! So this will be a hybrid system, but should be manageable. No hubris, I hope. Regards.
  9. Hi, Just add a "s" to "book" and the URL will find them. Regards,
  10. Bore da, and cymru am byth, and that's all the Welsh I have ! (Good morning and Long live Wales. Welcome.
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    Wax Moth

    Hi, I spoke to Marco Gonzalez in the CHC office who is clear that Bti is a natural compound which would not leave residues. He felt that hobby beekeepers could use it without concern, but commercial beekeepers should start a process to check its implications. He reported that one of the Bt's is being used in Oz with some success against Small Hive Beetle, so it must be OK for bee hive use.
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    Wax Moth

    Thanks, I have sent an e-mail to ACVM asking for information about Btk and Bti.
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    Wax Moth

    Hi I have been in contact with Beeworks who have told me that can send B401, cost and postage not prohibitive. Is it legal to import ?
  14. Four months, doing bee course back-to-front (now practical, theory bit in July - but learning a lot and relying on the Bee Bible), 3 1/2 hives (or four, depends on split), fascinating activity, learning every day - and this forum helps a lot.
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    Wax Moth

    Hi a friend sent me this pic yesterday reporting that 50% of his stored drawn frames are ruined. Apart from freezing frames, I think we need to find out more about Bk - any more info ? Thanks.
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    Wax Moth

    Thanks, Chris, why keep the brood out of the honey super ? (apart from the usual reasons of bits in the honey or contamination).
  17. Sounds great, and some zoom capability would enable us to see great details, and even pan could focus in on a specific area. Can't wait.
  18. Beehavn, I am finding it quite difficult to read your posts without becoming a bit grumpy. This is a forum, not a pulpit Beekeepers have the right to make choices about TBH within the law: http://nba.org.nz/uploads/Deanne-Corbett-2011.pdf You imply that hobby beekeepers are a lower life form than commercial beekeepers, and are responsible for importing varroa I would suggest that you take these issues into account, and just chill out.
  19. Beehavn, You seem to know an incredible amount about Rose Beehives without being able to find the web site. You might like to contact Tim Rowe at http://www.rosebeehives.com/contact.html and order a copy of his book. You may find it easier to make a constructive contribution on the topic after reading it. Looking forward to it ...
  20. Thanks, Roger, do you have many hives or is this more for people who have a lot of work to do ?
  21. Hi DJC, I hoped to discuss FD and 3/4 boxes a bit more in the "Rose beehives" thread of yesterday. Could we continue now for me to understand why you are switching to FD brood boxes ? Thanks.
  22. Hi, thanks for your many thoughts and comments. I am interested why you are are introducing FD brood boxes. Is a 3/4 on each box going to be part of the brood box, or will the FD be large enough by itself ? I am early along the road and not absolutely fixed on using only 3/4 boxes, and the mixture worked fine for me thus far. One point made elsewhere is that a brood FD does not weigh nearly as much as an FD full of honey. Also, are nucs available in 3/4 size or only FD ? Thanks.
  23. As a new beekeeper, I decided to stick with 3/4 boxes and started with two hives which our tutor set up with brood and food and queened. Both went queen right, but a month later one went queenless. In the meantime I had bought a strong hive which had become available, with a full depth brood box. Immediately after I inspected it I added a 3/4 drawn box under the QC as it was on the point of swarming, and that seemed to settle it down well, as well as a 40 Km relocation. After a couple of weeks there were a lot of eggs, larvae and capped brood - this meant that eggs and brood were available on a 3/4 frame after a month for use in the queenless hive, a FD frame would be of no use. Now the queenless hive is queenright again. Now, how to change from FD to 3/4 only ? In his Rose Hive book Tim suggests adding rose boxes under older boxes which "float up" over a couple of seasons before being retired. Will this work in our situation ?
  24. Hi Chris, The section on "Registration costs for food control plans and national programmes" states: "24. Do producers classed as medium to low risk have to register? Yes. Producers of food products which are classed as a medium to low risk, such as jams and pickles, honey (not comb), and those selling fruit or vegetables produced by others will be subject to a national programme unless there are limited sales as a fundraising or personal development activity." What is this personal development activity ? Could it be a sales under a certain value such as a couple of thousand dollars ? Thanks.
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    Wax Moth

    Is there anything you can spray on your supers to kill the moths without leaving residues picked up when the frames are used again ?
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