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Tony Love

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  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 make sure it's the Queen. I found one what's seems to me to be an old Queen cell but that's it. With that being said. My next question to you is what shall I do to the hives. Can they be used in the future? Cheers Tony
  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. Cheers.
  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 the hive absconding? Like I stated, this year has been pretty bad..
  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 inspected them both and they were doing well. Population was high and both queens were ok. I do however think they have abscond. But for them to do it in winter will almost certainly mean that they will not survive. I couple of weeks ago I did notice a lot of smoke from neighbours who were burning rubbish covering my yard where the hives are situated. At the time I did not think that it may cause issues, but unfortunately this is becoming more frequent. My question is could this be the case? Any input would be of great help even it is bad! At this point in time I feel I have done something wrong but cannot figure it out so any suggestions as to what may of caused a loss of two colonies would be of great help. Regards.... Tony
  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 chronological age of the honey bee is that the older bee lets say a forager can change physiologically if the right conditions within the hive dictate. Your explaining to the above question will be good if you feel my answer does not explain properly. Cheers..
  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
  14. Hey Thanks for the advice... I check the Hive yesterday and found signs of Varroa so put in two strips of Bayvoral. Prior to that I inspected of the Hive, the bees seem to look ok. The Queen is looking good and found little signs of stress and wingless bees. I did though, notice brood cells are fewer than the last time I inspected the Hive, not sure what it means maybe the queen is not laying a per normal and that she is wintering down? Cheers
  15. Excuse my ignorance! No treatment had no time due to work commitments. It is only now that I have time (Weekends) to do work on the hive hence the questioning. Cheers
  16. Hi Grant I have a 2nd super with no brood just capped honey with my bottom super being brood.
  17. Hello people.. Its been around 7 weeks since I have inspected my Hive due to working over Vintage in the Winery. I have moved the hive so that it will get the winter sun longer and are considering feeding the bees for the next few weeks. Last time I checked the second super 7 weeks ago it was 90 percent full and capped with honey. So my question is if the hive's second super is fully capped of honey can I still feed the bees and for how long? Also I am still noticing drone bees being evicted out of the hive and what it looks like to me young bees being thrown out as well. Cheers Tony.
  18. Great comments regarding robbing.. I made the mistake of leaving honey cones on the hive so the bees could get the remainder of the honey, but it encouraged robbing! Just as well the hive was well established and with me reducing the entry they managed to overcome robbing. But like your photo there were many dead bees...
  19. He all... What are the nectar flow dates for NZ?
  20. Our bees are drinking from our Aquaponics garden bed... During the day there are around a dozen or so bees drinking at one time as well as the odd wasp drinking.. The garden bed is flooded every 15 minutes and the bees have plenty of places to stand without drowning...
  21. Hello I have found what I think is two queen cells in my hive the other day... I inspected it and found that the queen is doing well. What should I do to the queen cells I have found? This is a new hive and I have just installed the second super.. Any advice on queen cells would be appreciated!! Cheers Tony
  22. Hey all I picked up my bees this morning from a commercail bee keeper, Murry Bush... Great guy heaps of advice and willing to help. His family started in 1916 so almost 100 years! Me and my son got them home set them where they will be long term opened the door so to speak and let them settle for the day... When I came home from work this evening I then moved them to the new hive... Paying close attention to the advice given here and from Murry I inspected the cones to find the queen and she looked happy, " Put it this way I did'nt squash her" Theres plenty of lavae and honey.. I'm gob smacked just watching then do there thing... Pretty cool!
  23. Hey all... I'm new to this bee keeping thing so It's good to see a forum like this. I'm a keen gardener and consider myself a micro farmer... I have just finish setting up my Aquaponics system so now I am looking foward to working with bees... I would appreciate any advice you may want to offer. Cheers Tony
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