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Jean MacDonald

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Jean MacDonald last won the day on June 5 2015

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  1. Jean MacDonald

    October 2018 Apiary Diary

    Well after checking the hive and finding not a scherrick of brood with the classic hive roar looks like we have a new queen who was busy being mated. Phew cos thought I might have squished the old girl, but the practice cups had all been torn down except one so was hopeful. Looks like they are building up to swarm again so steps taken and fingers crossed. Nice solid brood pattern but may be some disagreement among sister groups as bit of crazy comb going on still. Must be this hive's thing.
  2. Jean MacDonald

    October 2018 Apiary Diary

    Some people spend that much on a sewing machine but that foundation came out looking nice. Will pay dividends in it's own way. Did you find it easy to use? With the cost of foundation as well as costs of attaining it such as petrol, a coffee from the petrol station, feeding the troops who have been roped into accompanying you, another purchase not accounted for (possibly a bribe for the family miscreant to behave themselves) I would figure this purchase as a money saver.
  3. Jean MacDonald

    October 2018 Apiary Diary

    Since beekeeping has been compared with the "Wild West" how about a "Counting Coupe" with scoreboard? It only became scalp taking when the government got involved and paid for proof of a kill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counting_coup
  4. Jean MacDonald

    Treatment free hives 2 years.

    I'm wondering if we look at it logically perhaps the best course of action is to calculate whether bees are indeed the problem and perhaps we need to restrain beekeepers who have more than 10 hives in some sort of rehabilitation facility. I hear the government can help with all kinds of addictions and perhaps the Brain Injury Trust and services of this specialist nature could also prove helpful. Perhaps after 5 years we could reintroduce beekeepers back into the general populace in a controlled way with appropriate social supports such as family who are well aware of the special needs of beekeepers and the unique problems they bring. I'm sure many could find alternative employ in areas where having a strong opinion in subjects they know nothing about is useful such as politics, education and public service. In this way they can repay their debt to society. Just a thought.
  5. Jean MacDonald

    What are bees foraging on at present

    Will just tell them "There is more to life than being really, really good looking"
  6. Jean MacDonald

    What are bees foraging on at present

    There were some expletives muttered. I understand hunger but this was greed. People are surprised what I can produce but perhaps they should read a book on the subject instead of trusting an article or opinion in some magazine. Always surprises me how little people know about what they purport to be experts at. Glaring inaccuracies of the ilk of a quite well written article in Readers Digest 30+ years ago about bees with a picture of a drone fly on the front cover. My dad kept it and would take it out every so often and chortle to himself and we would get to listen to the story all over again. 15 years ago there was an absolute dearth of honey bees in town but we would observe the others including the now infamous drone fly and discuss food security etc. Crops always good in my garden but a chap in a village nearby had such a poor yield on his beans it was written up in the local rag. Perhaps if people didn't spray everything they'd be surprised... mind you there are some signs of new interlopers. 4 months of poor border control in the wee small hours of our morning because of industrial action. May pay to keep a weather eye out for the new and unusual.
  7. Jean MacDonald

    What are bees foraging on at present

    I live in an area where the homeless of Wellington have been gravitating too. Mature fruit trees that I planted while being told I was an idiot for doing so as there was aways fruit at the shops. I objected to the entire tree being stripped leaving me nothing and was unable to call the local team of fruit pickers to supply the local food banks. Good fruit trees I selected for cross pollination and maximum yeild. Was concerned back then that things wouldn't always be "peaches and cream" and we now have a burgeoning population of homeless people. For that particular tree I don't think it was homeless people but more of an opportunist. Was done overnight as went out the next morning with a bowl to collect for our use and every fruit was gone. It was laden the afternoon before. Think you need a special permit for native wildlife and I doubt they would approve of guard wekas.
  8. Jean MacDonald

    What are bees foraging on at present

    Already have stone fruit set. What's the dealio on keeping weka or tuatara? Gave up on the chihuahua idea after seeing a tea-cup one. Would need to spend a lot of time in my pocket. the original shaking dog. Looking into surveillance cameras as last year there was some ne'er-do-well taking the lot. Police reckoned I could report it. Just wondering what team would turn up if I report "My peach has been stripped".
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  10. Jean MacDonald

    What are bees foraging on at present

    There was a tree we were told was Karaka but not sure on this (was quite young) The birds would make a real racket getting at the seeds. Maybe it was a maraka tree. Deciduous so probably not a native. Do we have black willow in NZ? There was something mentioned in a seminar I watched recently (not pollen related)
  11. Jean MacDonald

    September 2018 Apiary Diary

    Oh yum... Grow it properly and it's delicious.
  12. Jean MacDonald

    New Zealand swarm dates for season 2018/19

    Checked Wensday (saw practice cups and had a couple of frames at the ready for the brood nest )and full check on Sunday. Were filling empty cells in brood nest with nectar and had stopped raising drone brood. Only one practice cup and no queen spotted, larvae but no eggs as cranking (and cranky) no roar so suspect a virgin supercedure queen. May have squished queen by accident on 12th but eqivalent of 1&1/2 supers occuped so at the ready to super up more. Expecting a cold snap which may slow them down a bit. Nice dusting of snow (50cm) in the south seen on the TV news tonight.
  13. Jean MacDonald

    September 2018 Apiary Diary

    "Bee tree hive" I will say no more... yes I will. Good luck with the back @dansar I'm sure you'll be fine with that crane you have. Your offspring looks just the right size to smoke the entrance and pop the top. Wifey can crack the top super and the you're away laughing. Tee hee.
  14. Jean MacDonald

    September 2018 Apiary Diary

    Was thinking of getting a chihuahua
  15. Jean MacDonald

    New Zealand swarm dates for season 2018/19

    Got some scouts so will put up some swarm traps. They sniff about then swarm elsewhere like chimneys, walls and other people's gardens lol.
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