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  1. Discussing solid floor and mesh floors I'm interested to know what people use in their top bar hives and why. Particularly if they have used both in their top bar hives and have made a comparison. Our first top bar hive had a mesh floor. After reading on the subject of ventilation and condensation from various sources, the Ed Clark book: Constructive beekeeping : Clark, Ed. H : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive being the best. So, subsequently I've not made a mesh bottom top bar hive since and I converted the first one to solid floor about a year or so later. Anecdotally
  2. Hi was wanting to buy a book on queen rearing and was wanting to know what everyone thinks is the best book to buy Thanks
  3. Hi I've just seen the sun hive model of hive, from everything I've seen online i get the usual same ol same ol impression from them about how they're a more biodynamic model of hive, and better for the bees, and the usual comment section gripers complaining about how this model wasn't healthy for the bees. I remember a german girl at a beekeeping seminar mentioned to the warre enthusiast who was taking the seminar that she had been using the sun hive model in germany. The two got in a slightly heated debate over which model of hive was the most near natural, and the guy taking the lecture sayi
  4. Just wondering what the best hives to buy/build are? Im wanting to build about 10 but would like to know what the commercial guys recommend for durability and cost? And where is the cheapest place to buy them and plastic frames?
  5. I have a FD box on the bottom with 2 x 3/4s above. The top 3/4 is more sparse but contains some supplies and also a feeder (2 frame style) I am intending to go in tomorrow and check the hive and rearrange the frames so that the lower 3/4 is consolidated with brood (if any but I believe so) and supplies. I will be placing a feeder tray on instead of the frame feeder as better use of space for winter. Q. How best to arrange supply and brood frames? Brood centered & supplies outside; mixed arrangement, vice versa...? Q2. If I am able to compact the bottom of the hive and
  6. Newbie wanna bee here . So as I understand it Russia has bees that have developed resistance to the varroa mite. United States dept of agriculture usda certifies Russian bees . Is there Russian bees here in nz ? Do all breeders breed for VSH and SMR Are there usda certified breeders here ? ( sorry I presume this has been asked heaps Mayb because I'm a newbie of got less privileges but searching on this website for Russian bees gets no results or usda gets irrelevant results
  7. Hi all. I noticed a high varroa load in my hive and as I'm after more hives and not honey I put bayvarol strips in and did a mite drop count. I counted over 100 mites dropped in ~14 hours after the strips went in which seems to me to be a shedload. This has got me concerned about the survival of the hive. So how fast does bayvarol work - I.e. Should I help my girls out with oxalic vapor (now that it has arrived) and let the strips take care of the varroa in capped cells, or should I just let the strips do their thing?
  8. Hello fellow beekeepers, my name is Sarah Cross, I am Dr Mark Goodwins Reserach Associate at Plant and Food Research Ltd. We are conducting a trial on the possibility of resistant varroa here in NZ. We are requesting a sample of 300 bees from a hive that has NOT been treated for varroa yet this season. If you are interested in helping us please email me at sarah.cross@plantandfood.co.nz with your name, postal address, and the general area of the hive you would like to take the bees from, and i will send you out a container and return courier bag. Thank you very much for your help.
  9. On the same line do you think air dried is better than kilm dried. Down here we use West coast pine as its far better wood and I like the idea I could of pruned it and planted its replacement's all them years ago
  10. It seems that people moving away from synthetics will use apivar but not bayvarol. Why is that
  11. Hi everyone, I've just got my first bee hive, decided I was going to get one about 10 months ago, I've spent this time getting a little gear together and doing a bunch of research on the interwebs. I live in central Christchurch, close to the airport. Honey isn't my primary motivation, I've always found bees fascinating ever since i was a kid. The dude I got a nuc off last week said it was one of the largest nucs he's ever sold in the few years he's been beeking. 5 FD frames with about 1.5 layers of bees and a good breakfast bowl lot poured out of the nuc box. Picked them up in the ear
  12. Does anyone know of someone, or a company who couriers or freights live bees throughout New Zealand. There used to be someone in Hastings who used to do this, but they no longer do it, which is a shame as they offered a fantastic service (I think they retired) - nucs from Hastings to my door in Gore, Southland in 2-3 days was great.
  13. I'm involved in the early stages of a project which ultimately will need quite a few experienced beekeepers to work the UK season - NZ seemed like a sensible place to start asking questions, given our seasons are about as polarised as they can be and we share a common language....even if we get all the vowels wrong in the UK! I'm struggling to find an organisation akin to our Bee Farmer's Association - I've found Apiculture New Zealand, but that looks to me more like a money making enterprise than a trade organisation...but I may be wrong, so please correct me if I am. I'd be grateful
  14. I currently do not mark my queens and am thinking of doing so to make life easier. But @frazzledfozzle mentioned how she did not mark queens because you would end up looking for dots and loose your eye for queens. And I think she has a point. I was wondering how many beeks marked their queens
  15. watch out if your truck seat has rips in them when you get pulled over by a truck cop they will tell you to fix it or give you a ticket next time you get pulled over Today one of our truck got pulled over today and there were a few thing we need to do before we can drive it again One fix drivers seat Do some thing with winch so we don't hurt some one was they walk by It been like this for the last five year and pass I forget how many COF And I got pulled up in December by two cop and they check me out and let be come and did not say anything was wrong So why did This cop have to f
  16. This may seem weird, but I'm Having trouble dissolving sugar, 2 parts sugar 1 part water, I've got the mix in a big pot on the stove and just enough heat to keep it hotish until it dissolves, I'm constantly stirring it, after 40 minutes it won't dissolve anymore, when it cool it forms a crust on top and a thick sugary crust on the bottom of the pot, I can't remember this happening last time I done it. Any tips. Or do I just seive what I have and use it, I'm using it in upside down jars and don't want to clog the small holes.
  17. Hi everyone, We have what seems like hundreds of these noisy critters in our lawns and they are starting to come into the house :mad:. Anybody got any ideas on how to get rid of them without poisoning our bees? The hives are all on the affected lawns :mad:. Thank you
  18. Hi All So after a few posts and comments last night,I think I should get 10,000 bees (nuc). Can anyone recommend where/who to buy bees from? I have a nuc,feeder(syrup and feedbee) and the equipment. Anything else I should consider purchasing? Thanks
  19. I wrote this thread yesterday and lost it somewhere up in the clouds. Since then, things have changed, but I'll rewrite it anyway with an update ! We run half a dozen "HobbyHives" around the district after friends and neighbours commented that there were 'No Bees' buzzing around to do the job on their fruit trees and vege patches. These are the hives that often get neglected along the lines of 'I'll pop in tomorrow on the way home', but tomorrow we seemed to go home a different way so the job got put off, again. With last years shemozzle up north most of these hives succumbed to the varroa m
  20. I am doing my extracting hopefully this Saturday..I aim to not take too much at all.I only have 1 super above my excluder. I aim to replace the frames that I have scraped.Leaving 2 frames at each side.Can I add another super? Or am I too late and should I remove the excluder in preparation for winter or is it too early to remove excluder.I am also going to treat for varroa after the extraction.I am in Auckland.
  21. This is interesting I thought 2016: THE HONEY BEE ALGORITHM
  22. Hi all, I have a nice new bee shed, where I store my gear. I have a lot of bees all trying to get into the shed. This has just happened recently, I realise that bees have that 'robbing' drive at this time of year. I have plugged the gaps with expanding foam, sealed the door and keep used frames in plastic boxes. The shed is near the house and near to our dog run, so extra bees flying around is not going down that well. I would rather not have to relocate my gear, as this was the idea to have a nice secure shed to keep all my gear together. On hindsight this was not the ideal location to site
  23. Hi all, just wondering if anyone can give me some help / insight as to what is going on here? I just noticed this this morning... a ton of pollen sacks are falling out of my hive and onto the ground! This is only happening on one of my hives. It's a two box 3/4 depth hive with the bulk of the bees and brood in the bottom box, top box added a couple weeks ago and being drawn out and filled with a bit of nectar. Treated with Apistan 2 weeks ago (bottom brood box only as top box had only just been added with fresh undrawn frames) Feeding via top feeder about 1L of syrup 2 times per we
  24. Dave Black submitted a new resource: [plain]Apiculture Monitoring Report 2016[/plain] - [plain]Apiculture Monitoring Report 2016[/plain] Read more about this resource...
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