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    Re: Taming Wild Surfer Bees

    I did something similar when a niece had a swarm arrive. I dropped them into a cardboard box about 4pm on early summers day.
    They were very docile and no smoker was used. It was a breeze.
    I...
  2. Re: Do I need to remove dirty/black foundation with new foundation or will bees clean

    Thanks all.
    Its what I have done for the past 4 yrs but after a question was put to me, it got me wondering if Im slowing things down for Mumma Queen as well as possible disease probs.
    I had been...
  3. Do I need to remove dirty/black foundation with new foundation or will bees clean it?

    Hello there,
    We are coming up to start the honey flow season (we are in Sth Island of New Zealand) and Im preparing my 6 hives.
    The brood frames that stayed in the hive empty over winter, have...
  4. Cleaning of spun frames by bees placed on a wintering hive??

    Hiya all.
    We are in the middle of our winter. Snow fell but only lasted for a couple of days. May see more of it later in the months ahead but usually small dumps. Day time temps about 4 to 10 C...
  5. Thread: Kiwifruit

    by Kiwi Will
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    Re: Kiwifruit

    I used to have an orchard in the North of New Zealand (Kerikeri) and had about 8 acres of Kiwifruit. I also had hives for pollination purposes as Kiwifruit need to be pollinated by bees (or if...
  6. 1 of 4 neighbouring hives starving. What could be the cause?

    I am living & have beens in an urban environment. Season started with a hiss and a roar then went quiet after I robbed a fair crop from them back in Dec (thats middle of summer here). Since then,...
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    Re: Sugar prices are about to go skyrocketing

    Just a thought here.
    I don't know if you fellas over there in the US and Canada import sugar from the Philippines but the typhoon that swept threw the northern regions (particularly in the Isabela &...
  8. Bit of guidance needed with creaming of honey

    Hi there,
    I have spun out the frames
    I have 2.5 x 20lt plastic buckets of honey that is now starting to solidify.
    I have today got around to doing what I now realise I should have done on the same...
  9. My 1st harvest is almost complete. 2 hives /50+ Lts

    I am almost finished the spinning of the 1st crop.
    I have two hives in the back garden/yard and I live in the city.
    I have spun out 50 Lt of honey so far :D and have about 6 x 3/4 frames left to...
  10. Re: German wasp entering the hive. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the suggestion. Its appreciated but I don't understand what a #8 hardware cloth is.
    Is it a wire mesh or something like a fly screen type mesh one would find on doors and windows or is...
  11. German wasp entering the hive. Any suggestions?

    It's late summer here in Christchurch New Zealand and the hive is working well. It's a reasonably strong & has been reasonably productive this year (to date)
    I have found that german wasps (They're...
  12. Re: Queenless, Have varroa, 60+% Drones, no brood, What now?

    ah-huh. Hmmm, Im a learning!!! And it doesn't even hurt !
    Thanks for that.
  13. Re: Queenless, Have varroa, 60+% Drones, no brood, What now?

    Thanks guys.
    There is no sign of eggs being laid in either hive.
    I would need to wait for the new Queen to get into gear and start laying before I could give a frame of brood to the drone dominant...
  14. Queenless, Have varroa, 60+% Drones, no brood, What now?

    Its beginning of summer here. My strong hive swarmed after a great start to the season. (My 1st yr of Bee keeping)
    Hive got too busy & swarmed. :doh:
    I caught swarm & started 2nd hive. 2 weeks...
  15. Re: HELP ! How do I catch my girl friends who have swarmed?

    :lpf: :lpf:

    Well, I got VERY persuasive with my BIG extension ladder, 'ittle light brush and sweet talk to the blighters that tried to do me harm. I had a 'ell of a job up the long extension...
  16. HELP ! How do I catch my girl friends who have swarmed?

    Its early summer, warm weather and bees are in full flight & bring home lotsa stuff to make honey.
    Problem I have is that the hive is in the middle of swarming! I went outside and banged a steel...
  17. Re: Where should I place the excluder on a busy hive?

    Thanks all. Maybe I can sit back and relax now while they fill up the 3rd (smaller) box up and then I will stack on the 4th when the 3rds half or more full. Thanks again guys.
  18. Re: First hives, capping honey! Queen questions and next year...

    just looked it up in me wee book and Bt is "Bacillus thuringiensis.
    It kills only caterpillars and is applied by either spray or dusted.
  19. Where should I place the excluder on a busy hive?

    Im new to this bee keeping lark.

    I bought my 1st Nuc in Dec last year.
    Its carried over through the winter well and I have now a 3 box hive. Its spring and bees are very busy.
    I recently placed...
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    Re: Experience with wintering in a cellar

    Boy oh boy. DO I GOTTA LEARN STUFF ! How fascinating that bees can be wintered over in the dark like this!
    What was the mite control like on the colony that survived?
    Thanks for the info
    Cheers
  21. Thread: extracting

    by Kiwi Will
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    Re: extracting

    I think I remember some time ago reading that any heating of raw honey can (or does) kill off some of the "goodies" in the honey that are desirable & beneficial to the consumer. Might be worth...
  22. Re: First hives, capping honey! Queen questions and next year...

    I'm sure someone will know better than I but my understanding is that "BT" is that it is a insecticide that is safe for bees. It is often or can be, used in organic orchards (when bees are on the...
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    Ex paint and decorator uses acrylic primer then 2 top coats

    For me, I used a top line acrylic primer (cheaper in 4 Lt tins over here instead of single Lts) when it was still all in bits.
    I chose paint that had been incorrectly tinted at the Trade counter...
  24. How can I reduce moisture in Hive during colder months

    Hi folks.
    I have only been doing this bee keeping lark for 4 months. here in NZ, it is now mid Autumn/Fall.
    I had the hive apart a couple of weeks ago and noticed a bit of mould on the side of the...
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    Dropping seems a tad radical ?!?!

    I collected one which was on a kiwifruit vine so was easy to reach. I didn't even cut the branch but slid a large paper bag/sack up over the swarm, then "twanged" the branch (and wire which...
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