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  1. Proper testing testing of a sample by a lab
  2. It was a really strong hive with reasonably new gear which was disappointing. It was actually the hive I keep at my school, the students were really sad at having to kill the bees, well at least until the fire started. I saw a map of the local area and there were a few infections quite close that they must have picked it up from. Initially I took a few samples of the few cells (in sealed containers) that I thought were infected (which subsequently came back clean). The second time I actually took the whole frame (as I was directed to). I froze it then placed it in several plastic bags before taking it straight away to be tested.
  3. In defence of people without at least 10 year experience... I picked up AFB in one of my hives early enough (maybe 5 cells showing) that when I took it for testing, it wasn't picked it up. It wasn't till I inspected it again later, and the infection had gotten worse enough to be picked up by external testing that it was actually confirmed. At that point I'd only been keeping them for around 3 years...
  4. I just use gardening gloves as well, I like to be able to feel what I'm doing. I only wear the to stop propolis as well, tho working with the huge at school we don't use gloves. I find a bit of meths works a treat for getting propolis off
  5. Awesome thanks Bee Tubes | NZ Beekeepers Forum
  6. Hi there Had a friend take these photos for me... Was wondering if someone can shed some light on what these hives are used for...
  7. Just got my first "big" order and a few of the boxes have a rough side + a smooth side. Is it better to put the rough side inside or outside? Thanks Mat Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  8. Hi all Just after a bit of advice. I've just pulled several buckets of honey off my hives in Te Awamutu and my wife's workmates are really keen to buy some (which would help me recoup some of the setup costs!) Is it alright to just sell it to them or do I need to get it tested or something??? Thanks Mat
  9. I used the same method with my last few frames except used a heat gun. Much quicker!!! Might have taken me 40s to do both sides. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  10. So try without a suit? Sent from my GT-i9100 using Tapatalk
  11. Yeah... Had a few teachers a bit worried about even just having them on site. But no one will die immediately if stung (I checked) and the principal and bot are really keen and supportive soI not bothered. The kids don't mind either. Even have a student who does have an allergy join the club coz she really likes them. :-) Sent from my GT-i9100 using Tapatalk
  12. Officially got my (our) first hive just over a year ago, but did the course 20 months ago when dad told me that he'd always wanted to keep been but didn't know how to go about it. I signed us up for the course, found someone to supply a hive my brought some tools! Now I have ~10 and even have 2 at the school I teach at. Don't often bother with protective gear... And my students never wear it (mostly bc I'm unwilling to supply it all!). But they love it! They are literally banging on my door daily begging to go into the hive! Sent from my GT-i9100 using Tapatalk
  13. Finally got to have a quick look at the hives I have at my in laws... Turns out it is in Desperate need of at least one super! They were all hanging out the front! Sent from my GT-i9100 using Tapatalk
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