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  1. Hi team, Did my first inspection today, in light of all the online activity suggesting it was time to crack the lid. I found 3-4 frame ball of bees around empty frames. Some half emerged brood etc, but no capped brood. It was chilly & a cool breeze so as soon as I saw my queen I stopped. So no eggs seen but thats ok? I did see lots of DWV so have started weekly Oxalic, and I'll re-inspect in 2 weeks. I'm not doing a mite count (there was not that many bees) and with signs of mite syndrome I thought I'd treat anyway. On the good side, queen seen. And lots of capped honey (6 full frames) so I've taken off the feeder. And with lots of lay space I've not put on a top box. My first question; 1. Suggestions? 2. Any other Canterbury people finding hive in winter mode still (it has finally arrived)? Or am I actually seeing a weak varoa newbee overwintered hive?
  2. I have 1 hive. It's now about 4 weeks old and going well. I'm feeding as much as I can, but since I got attacked by a cranky night bee I'm a bit limited by work. Hard to tell when winter is really going to start here in Christchurch, we're still getting good 20s and sun. But it'll be here soon enough. I've ready through the threads, and I'm trying to figure out what I should do to get the hive ready for the next step. I ready and watch of the north american blogs, but I'm not sure their (buried under 3 ft of snow -20°C) advice is what we need for Christchurch. Any advice, or directions to threads I can'f find, would be great. Thanks
  3. Hey there, I'm a student at Lincoln University creating a community map for the Canterbury township of Lyttelton. One aspect of this map will be designed to support the re-localisation of food production and promote resource resilience within the Lyttelton Harbour basin. Food security and flexibility will become large problems in the coming future, which is why I need your help. Bees, bees are one organism that agriculture and food production would crumble without. One layer or group of layers of this map will focus on bees and honey production. I have already created a layer of vendors or contributors to the Lyttelton Farmers Market that features Sheehan Apiaries. But I was considering featuring the locations of local beekeepers, their hives, and also, using points the locations of plants/trees/shrubs/flowers that bees prefer. Do you believe that local beekeepers would publicly share the locations of their hives? I know this information is registered with AssureQuality, but could this be shared publicly? Would they benefit from the locations of flowers etc. as to place their hives accordingly? As I think that local hobbyists would enjoy this information, and the community of Lyttelton would love to share the location of plants in their backyard in support of bees. I'm just a passionate student though, that knows next to nothing about the industry which is why your input would be extremely appreciated. - Would beekeepers benefit from locations of flowers/trees/shrubs/plants that facilitate bees? - Would beekeepers share hive locations publicly? - Would hobbyists benefit from this information too? Thanks immensely, Matt C.
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