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  1. Requeen the aggressive hive/s with a good calm queen. it will take a month until you get a calmer hive to work with as the old population dies off and is replaced by bees from the new queen. as for moving the hives. Strapped together with ratchet straps and move at night or early morning while bees are home and it is cooler. They sound like big colonies so don’t block them in with a solid medium, better to staple some shade cloth over the entrance so air can still get in and out. You’ll need a helper or two to lift the hives on to a Ute or trailer. Move them a couple kms away minimum.
  2. Today’s inspection of hives at Waihi we’re good. Rewarewa flowers and a frame of tasty Rewarewa Honey 😋 🍯 2 weeks of settled weather and the bees have decided it’s time to make honey while the sun shines!
  3. That point had been discussed in this thread previously. Not new information. it may have even been in the summary document that @CraBee put together. Good discussion aye? We have just found another gem in the method👍😁
  4. @glynn how are your hives and Oxalic treatments going using ova board?
  5. Phil has made himself available for Q&A and was even at the mini conference put on by the Thames bee club (and possibly a southern NI one as well?). I’ve had losses that I attribute to nutritional issues rather that the method of delivery. Hives that have had correct/adequate nutrition are the bane of my life as they are on swarm control.
  6. I’ve never seen bees on it. “Bush mans toilet paper”. Usually found on the edge of Bush.
  7. Manuka flowering well at the Hamilton Gardens. We saw 1 lonely bee on these (ornamental) flowers.
  8. Trial a couple of apiaries half synthetic and half Oxalic/glycerin gib (or cardboard) strips?
  9. Could’ve taken awesome photos of hives wall to wall with bees treated twice with gib strips (April, September). Also a nuc that I thought was a dead out 3 weeks ago that in fact had a queen and about 100 bees, no nectar, pollen small circle of brood and eggs that were being cannibalised. This Nuc? got donated bees, brood and food supplies. But Alas my fingers were covered in propolis freshly softened by the days and weekends heat so no pics. Swam cells in a few hives so frantically trying to stop them from persisting on their destructive path. Hoping a real nectar supply happens soon as bees have well and truly emptied the pantry.
  10. My experience is if it’s a heavy mite load the Oxalic won’t help. But having said that, since the Synthetic treatments aren’t helping either it may be a option to carry on as you were by supporting the varroa hive with regular addition of healthy brood and nurse bees while the oxalic/gly strips are in. I haven’t had the chance to try it this way as I started with these strips last autumn so hives were reducing brood. It might just work👍
  11. I imagine some would would be doing “the long way round” trips with the Parapara’s being damaged. Maybe someone has brought them closer to home because of the extra travel involved?
  12. @JohnF has some info here
  13. Lots of beekeepers know what it is. Probably a lot of hive deaths due to this go undiagnosed as well.
  14. I picked a couple of nice strong hives to bring home on the weekend. These will be be cell raising hives. Amazingly strong hives that overwintered with Oxalic/Glycerine strips in. There wasn’t a sign of any varroa in the opened drone brood that was between the two boxes. 12 frames of amazing clean brood in each hive and not a sign of any DWV. Makes the sore back at the end of a long day of working hives worth it. 🐝
  15. Covered a fair bit of ground today. Putaruru to far side of Hamilton then out to Mangatautari to work hives. Light flow coming in and swarm cells starting to appear. Hives are building up nicely for honey flow in December/January. Then off to Tokoroa apiaries where it is a mixed bag of results. Old queen hives are behind where they should be but the queens from last season are going gangbusters and I needed to put a second and even a third FD box on to the hives. Moving some hives in to Avocado pollination in a couple of days as well. Busy week 🐝
  16. Was there syrup in the feeder? If so Bee got wet. if no syrup then it is likely bees with CBPV Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus. It usually sorts itself out but take note of the number of bees you see with that appearance. If it gets worse and you have another healthy colony that can spare some brood and nurse bees it would help to boost the population with those until it sorts itself out.
  17. Obviously the person trying to sell it had no idea either! 😜
  18. Have you got enough drones being raised up there. I’ve only seen capped drone brood in my hives. It’ll be at least 4 more weeks before I do any queen rearing.
  19. And here’s another success. It always amazes me how well bees can do with the right amoun5 of feed a healthy young queen and a good sized population of young bees heading in to winter. The strips you see are from March. I haven’t been in these hives for nearly 5 months. Walked away with a beaming smile from this apiary😄
  20. Best thing then is to have a queen excluder to keep the queen down to the first 10 frames and leave the rest for honey, it’ll mean being vigilant and extracting frames (if we get honey this summer) and putting frames back in the hive for bees to fill again. by all means do the split to the new hive. That won’t slow the parent hive down much.
  21. Awesome! Keep an eye on the food supplies. You’ll need to keep 4-5 frames of feed ahead of the expanding colony. We can super the hive, just requires detaching the roof.
  22. Wattle has started flowering around Putaruru and South Waikato. Some was flowering over Edgecumbe , Matata way a month a go. So now there is a mix of Gorse and Wattle pollen going in to hives. Populations increasing, food stores decreasing rapidly.
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