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Tony Love

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  • Business name
    Spring Creek Honey Ltd
  • DECA Holder
  • Beekeeping Experience
    Commercial Beekeeper
  • Business phone
    022 6115596
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  • Location
    Spring Creek
  1. Thank you, It's got me thinking Hello Frazz... Thanks for your input! Although it may sound like I am doubting what help I am receiving on this post, trust me I am not. And I truly believe that the comments made here are more credible than the advice I have been getting. I do think you have all have nailed it and when "you" spoke of a failing Queen I did a further inspection of my second hive that didn't seem to have any real pest problems and laying there by one of the brood frames I found my Queen... She is dying but not dead from what I can see. " I will upload a pic soon just to mak
  2. Damage as in stained hives and a foul odour. He could not understand why they left I was under the impression that it was PMS and maybe worse hence the callto visit. And yes I did state that could the reason be as a result of prolonged smoke he could not find any other indication or other reason for the absconding hives.
  3. After a visit from my friend he suggests that the bees abscond from the two hive's not from PMS but what it seems to be excessive smoke damage to the hives... There is only one frame from one hive that has dead brood as per picture. I would of had a serious problem if I did not treat the hive this spring. The second hive had no indication of pest or disease. I did not think for more a minute that both hives would run. I knew that at some point they would be a little pissed off. There are lessons to be learned from this and I will take note including the comments made from other members.
  4. Thanks for the input!! I have resigned to the fact that I messed up...
  5. I have inspected each cell for AFB but none of them seem to have that problem. No ropey cells or sunken sells for that matter. This year however I was unable to perform another treatment... But when I was inspecting the hives I did not see any evidence of mite infestation prior to winter. Both hives were doing well and there were very little evidence of mite infestation. You are most likely correct which makes me feel even worse and more determined to not let this happen again... But what gets me is could the continuous smoke bellowing over the Hives from days on end could also contribute to
  6. Hello... I treated both hives in early spring with two Apivar strips in the middle of the brood chamber for 6 weeks... the previous year was with Bayvarol.....
  7. After observing strange behaviour with my two hives for nearly a week I decided to inspect one of them more closely. Upon further inspection I realised that the hive was completely empty. I then inspected the second hive to see that it too was vacant. Both hives have full honey supers, but the brood chambers and sounding honey storage are completely empty! There are no dead bees within or outside of the hive. I have checked for pest and disease but no evidence to suggest CCD what so ever. I am at a complete loss. I have had these two hives for three years now and prior to winter I inspecte
  8. Ok... Explain the difference between physiological age and the chronological age of the honey bee in relation to the division of labour within the hive. I could explain it this way... A young bee lets say 12 days old when her hypopharngeal glands have developed, will start to produce brood food, ''nursing bee.'' When she ages chronologically the physiological change of the hypopharngeal glands start to reduce in size therefore her task within the colony will change from producing brood food to inverting the nector collected by foragers. An interesting point in relation to the chronologic
  9. Hey all.. I'm gonna post questions regarding the above topic to help get opinions hopefully the right answers to my questions... To start off. What is the approximate age of the worker bee when she starts the task of fanning? Now fanning is used to distribute pheromones and to evaporate water. But is the task of fanning done by guard bees which are 2 to 3 weeks old? And do the perform the other task of scenting at the same age? Cheers
  10. Hello Yup all good, I have the right papers and now studying... Must say it is a really good course, and a must for those that have no clue like me! I have sent my first paper away and just finishing off the entomology paper now.
  11. ######! I have found further issues with my papers in folder one! I'm going to send the entire folder back to them and ask for a new one. I am missing learning modules, Reading Papers etc... Bit of a pain really because I'm itching to start the work.
  12. Hello Thanks for that. Yes I am doing the Telford course and I encountered a minor problem with regards to the readings! Yes they did not send me any Readings regarding the Acts. In fact they sent the Agriculture Reading instead of the relevant Reading Module. So I was at a loss as to how one can find further information hence why I am here. Never mind They now know and are sending the right one to me..
  13. Hello I would like to know how does the Resource Management Act play a role in terms of the bee keeping industry? Cheers
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