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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    Very impressive Bernhard, those are great looking cells for 24 hours. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Beekeeping with young kids?

    Think carefully about that first. Kids go through stages. Interested, not interested. If you give a kid a hive to manage, he is then under obligation. He has to manage it. Even when he'd rather be...
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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    There is a solution to this conflict. Me, I would not graft the "right sized" one either. But in that diagram none of them appear to be swimming in royal jelly.

    Since latest research indicates...
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    Re: Beekeeping with young kids?

    Here's a trick. Feed it with syrup for at least a week before the big day. That way the bees will be super docile.

    Just, be sure you allow no opportunity for robbing, because then the reverse will...
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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    In theory the younger the better. BUT.. grafting really young, just emerged from the egg larvae, there may not yet be much royal jelly around them and the larvae are put into the new cell in a pretty...
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    Re: Spun (Creamed) Honey issues

    :D
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    Re: Beekeeping with young kids?

    Agreed LOL I wouldn't be trying that with Russians :)

    And thanks for the kind words JConnolly yes beekeeping with the grandkids is one of the best days out, for me and for them.

    I've also been...
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    Re: Beekeeping with young kids?

    Up till age around 3 they should be kept well away from bees and bee gear to prevent them developing an allergy later in life. Then age around 5 may work for showing them inside a hive for some kids,...
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    Re: Spun (Creamed) Honey issues

    No it isn't a temperature issue. However if you heat that honey enough to make it more runny, the bubbles in it will come to the top, you will have froth on top but the honey under it will be clear....
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    Re: Spun (Creamed) Honey issues

    It has air in it.

    This can be caused by fermentation in honey with too much moisture.

    But also your description "spun", what do you mean by spun? Are you whipping it? If so, could be...
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    Re: Killing Wasps in New Zealand

    LOL true that.

    I did offer him a suit but he is a big old Dutchman, and no way could he fit into my modest proportioned suit.

    So we thought maybe the nest was far enough away he would be OK,...
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    Re: Permanently fixing bottom to nucs?

    When my nucs get to big for the nuc box, they go into a single decker hive.
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    Re: Permanently fixing bottom to nucs?

    Can't really think of a reason for not doing it.

    Just more convenient to have the bottom boards attached.
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    Re: spray feeding cell starters

    Never heard of spraying being used as a method in starters.

    What some people do if it's a closed starter and only feed is capped honey, is put a sponge in a dish of water in it.
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    Re: Early capping of queen cells.

    Could only guess if it will be allowed to emerge, but your photo does show something else interesting, the value of clear cell cups. That cell cup can be seen to be full of royal jelly, so we know...
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    Re: Early capping of queen cells.

    All my life, I believed that bee larvae had to be grafted as soon as possible after emergence from the egg, because larvae destined to be queens are fed a different type of royal jelly, so larvae...
  17. Thread: Honey Wars

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    Re: Honey Wars

    Yes that is how colonisation works. However citing past injustices does not make it right to disrespect something that somebody else holds as important, despite that is what has always been done by...
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    Re: Honey Wars

    LOL, thanks Hogback :)

    And Johno you are about right, kinda.

    However what wasn't really touched on in that video clip is that Maori people are quite sensitive about misaproporiation of their...
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    Re: Honey Wars

    Thanks Hogback, that's the other drama happening atm downunder :)
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    Re: Irritating Vegans

    Good point Absinthe.

    I did have a stint as a vegetarian (now abandoned), and at that time joined some online forums for learning, the main one being WFPB, which had a good smattering of vegans....
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    Re: Honey Wars

    Oh, I was hoping it would work world wide. :(

    If anyone knows a fix please let's know.
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    Honey Wars

    For those with a 1/2 hour to spare, this is a link to the first episode of a New Zealand TV series about a family run beekeeping business.

    "Honey Wars follows the fortunes and misfortunes of...
  23. Re: Should I remove a branch from inside a top bar hive?

    Nice work! The first hive is always an adventure. :)
  24. Thread: laying worker

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    Re: laying worker

    Yes combine, but by way of shaking the bees out onto the grass and let them find their way into other hives.
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    Re: Smoker issue

    Common beekeeper problem. I usually flick mine open with a hive tool.
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