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  1. Wattle in BOP and South Waikato are starting to flower. By my recollection that is 5-6 weeks earlier than previous years. Wattle flowering has always been my indicator to start stimulating Queen rearing hives and any that I was wanting to split in spring.

    2020 is one weird year.

  2. 13 hours ago, Wildflower said:

    Yes. I did that just couple days ago. Mummzie called this box a cake.🤣

    It wouldn't have been long before the bees found the gap to the sugar syrup. This small swarm has hardly any stores. So feeding them. 

    Wasn't a piece of cake to just push frame down either. Hence 2 days later I feel like I have been kicked in the calf and my thumb is slightly swollen. Not a good idea to try to fix with no suit on in late Autumn! The frames get tight and I may gradually look at 9 frame as you have stated in book. Have been busily painting boxes. My husband said yesterday my bees were spoilt ( I was planting 7 new Rosemary Bushes closer to their hives to tuck them to bed and give them easy food in early Spring)🌼


    That looks like a bee sized gap between the boxes (ideal for wasps and robbing bees)...or did you fix that by getting the frames to sit down in the frame rest correctly?

  3. 42 minutes ago, Bighands said:

    No,it is the sooty mould that grows on the plant similar to the mould on the black beech and the manuka and the vinehopper feeds off that. This is what I believe happens. I may be wrong who knows

    The juvenile leaf hopper (nymph stage) chews on the tutu plant feeding on the sap. It then excretes the sugary substance that then goes mouldy. Bees collect the excreta, tutai of the nymph.

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  4. Hi Frazz

    Hi Wayne and Joe
    As you mention commercial beekeeping is an allowable operation during the Covid-19 self isolation period.
    There is an online form that needs completing to register for this privilege.
    If you can answer YES to the first two questions you don’t need to fill it in. We did just to be sure. It’s pretty a long way of proving you’ll keeping yourselves and public safe. Which I’m sure you’ll agree is very important.
    Follow the prompts where required. 
    Stay safe
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  5. 40 minutes ago, jamesc said:

    did you find some dew ..... I got some buckets now .

    No I haven’t pursued it since your txt. Still interested though. It’s a value add idea have...

    youve still got my details aye?

    39 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

    Do the buckets have handles?


    Is the Value Added Product dew in bourbon?  Sounds grand.  

    Not sure about dew in Bourbon but definitely a product from the still.

  6. 4 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

    My understanding if your taxable income is zero, then you are entitled to a community services card, and this from May to end of Sept will give you a $40 power rebate per week.   I could be wrong on this, just going by TV1 news last night.  I don't know what the thresholds are for a community services card.   But this includes pensioners. 



     Looking at the photos the other day, you look like a muso.  Does this explain the coffee intake?  What type of music are you into?  

    No, the guitars are just a hobby. I like a play all sorts but my favourites are the Shadows era, and on the flip side I also love a real grungy rock song.

    Currently in the shed making up a batch of hand sanitiser..🤔🤣


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  7. 1 hour ago, Maggie James said:

    I don't know what your fixation is with my two coffees a day, and I don't need to know.  If I have two coffees by 6.30 a.m., it's cos I need to go and cage queens at daybreak to beat robbing or shift some hives. End of story  



    I think some people have a weak constitution. I average 5 strong cafe style coffees a day and often have one before going to bed. I never have an issue going to sleep. The key to that is to work hard and play hard. My wife can’t believe that I can be snoring and in a deep sleep within 10 minutes of my head hitting the pillow😆

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  8. 12 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

    My KiwiSaver is relatively small as I only put in the minimum to get the govt money each year and have no employer contributions.

    im in the riskiest fund and have lost over $3000 in the past couple of weeks :(

    im just going to leave it there and hope for the best

    You can move to another “less risk” fund. Conservative fund, ask your KiwiSaver provider to change or if your bank app allows it you can manage it yourself.

  9. 1 hour ago, kaihoka said:

    I have not looked at my kiwi saver .

    Bad luck for people turning 65 this yr .

    Will have to sit on it till it recovers .

    Yup especially if your KiwiSaver was on the aggressive rate, it would have taken a huge hammering.

    i just checked mine, I’m on conservative and lost just over $100 this week. Another 19 years until 65 rolls around so time to dabble in more riskier investments. 

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  10. 7 minutes ago, Stef said:

    Hi... I have a beehive... 2 brood boxes. They are full to the brim with bees... 

    I am a newbie to this... didnt realise what the hive needed.

    The hive has been sitting unattended since November due to us having aquired it at short notice and not having ang gear or knowhow.

    We now have a suit etc... so can get to work...

    As it is March now.. I am thinking it is too late to split or add a honey box.. can someone please advise me what is the best plan of action to winter them over?

    Register as a beekeeper and register your apiary. Get an experienced beekeeper to disease check and ascertain food store for your hive. Correct food store shortage if required.  Buy an appropriate varroa miticide. 
    cross fingers and toes for spring and purchase additional equipment, boxes and frames etc.

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  11. 1 minute ago, Sputnik said:

    Yep a whole riverbank and many abandoned houses overgrown with blackberries 

    Have a wander around and see if there are aphids on it, that could be the source.

    On that note of Blackberry......there seems to be an abundance of it the Length of SH1, it’s like there hasn’t been any focused herbicide use on it for a couple of years 🤷‍♂️

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  12. 22 minutes ago, Sputnik said:

    Thanks I was aware of the need to agitate the honey as I had done a tour of a manuka extraction plant last season and they had a Automatic pricker that also blew a bit of compressed air into the cell as well. 

    We tried stabbing the honey with cappings scratchers to loosen but that was useless. We scraped a few frames and tried straining that but that didn't work very well either.

    Will get a roller and try that as we still have one hive to extract as I foolishly didn't use a queen excluder on that hive and some there is a chimney of Capped brood through the honey supers I need to sort out when the bees aren't so keen to start robbing.

    Any wild blackberry around? I’ve had a dew from it before and very thixotropic.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Sailabee said:

     This is already the law, and has been for several years - most sprays can only be bought in small quantities - to buy any more than that you must have done a course, and be able to produce the all important piece of paper. Course includes being able to compute how many litres/minute that is being sprayed.

    I did that course nearly 30 years ago. Approved Handler/Growsafe thingy. So yes, been around for several years.

  14. On 1/03/2020 at 12:42 PM, jamesc said:

    Ah whatever ..... Sunday is a day of rest from thinking about honey prices ..... a day for checking waterholes, savouring the cool of the first autumn morning that was bit Nippy on the Pippy , popping a couple of lids and Ooohing that we could put some more boxes out  ..... and savouring  the silence of the hill and the first stags starting to get vocal.

    And sending some beech dew to the Waikato to a guy with an idea for value add.....🤔🤣😉

  15. I consider myself quite fortunate to live in a town where the (at the time we bought) cost of homes was low. We have a 1/4 acre section 1950’s home and close to 100m2 of garaging and storage. Over the past 12 years of ownership and 11 years of beekeeping I have managed to fill them with all sorts of “stuff” linked to the habit of beekeeping. 😄

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  16. 4 hours ago, kaihoka said:

    i have met any bee keepers who seemed overly concerned by this.

    Wasn’t that the thread about who has the whitest overalls?

    Oh and the dry hot weather seems to be making a few members on very short fuses. Sheesh 🤪

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  17. On 14/03/2018 at 11:17 AM, Gabor said:

    yes it is and it's empty, I'll refill it tonight. greedy bugs gobbled up all the sweet juice from it

    Wow three boxes full with bees and sugar syrup. That’s a potential recipe (if the bees are healthy) for spring swarms in Auckland.

  18. 9 hours ago, Mummzie said:

    how do you think you will tackle it? Rubber-band into empty frames? do you have a bee vacuum available?

    I will definitely be using a bee vacuum to clear them off the comb. Looks like lots of honey in there too so it’s going to be an interesting process. I’m thinking that after the bees are removed from the comb I will relocate the chair to home to do the cut out.

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