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  2. Bad weather obviously has a strong effect on mating success but over the years I have also had apiarys which for no obvious reason always seem to have well below average mating success. I have also had sites that regularly have well above average success with over 90% not being unusual. I am sure that shelter has some effect but one apiary in particular that always had lousy mating was in a beautifully sheltered and productive site. I generally don't raise many queens in spring but if I do I don't start till there are enough drones and try and finish before the equinoxial gales start. Autumn weather tends to be far more settled but unless there is a really bad drought I don't start until 15 February as for some reason you get poorer results before this time and I like to be finished by 15 March but you can go a lot later than that if you need to depending on the season.
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  3. If Aucklanders can have beehives in their gardens on what I presume is 600sqm or less, the ravings of these guys is bizarre, what a bunch of turkeys. Turkeys however might be ideal for these unproductive lifestyle blocks.. A basic tenent of law is that you are free to do whatever you want with your own land provided you are not causing nuisance to others. Blanket rules banning some activitites should be challenged. On the other side, individuals causing nuisance should also be dealt with. For some idiot councils to reinvent the wheel is lunacy.
    1 point
  4. Didn't see it on stuff, but did see it in our bush....flowering beautifully, now if the rain stops one day, we'll be very happy beekeepers!
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  5. Was this by any chance similar or related to these guys? Great Barrier gets mentioned specifically. I did a search and couldn't find anything already mentioned about End of the World, nor Paul, Art and Carl. Maybe they are on here?? I would have thought some of their claims went pretty close to the edge; legally speaking(?). But then again anything can be true on facebook. Manuka Honey - Honey With a Mission To Save Bees WWW.INDIEGOGO.COM Ethically & sustainably sourced Manuka Honey from New Zealand set out to plant trees and save bees.
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  6. useless pic for @jamesc taken today, should give the general idea. Getting close to my height limit for working safely. Ten undrawn full depth frames in the stack, and another about half a box of frames not yet filling up. A lot of nectar and capped honey on board. Pohutukawa has kicked off. Will be taking honey off it rather than going any higher...
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  7. Well Jamesc.. I am under influence of warm schnapps aaand I better to don't talk for long. I will try to be short, fogyish weather, treated with OA, seems conditions to it work are superb. Like in some really old American movie " Damn torpedoes, full speed ahead". Jamesc, try warm schnapps instead of voltaren ( recently I got strange headache, I took dose of warm schnapps - I felt like dliverance ? ). While I am in good mood all the best to beeks all over the world, full speed into New Year ( don't look back) ?
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  8. A lot of your success or failure will be due to the location of your mating sites. Last year we moved our nuc mating yards up into the forestry. In our original sites we were running at a 60-80% success rate in a good year....... 20-30% in a poor year. The new sites are old skid sites, surrounded by pines and very warm on blustery Nor'West day. This year we got over 95% on the units we made up , and even in cold wet weather they seem to get the odd hour to achieve success. Location, Location, Location .....
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  9. I went to a club extraction day at a commercial kitchen a few years ago just to see what it's all about, the kitchen in question was grotty and had a rancid smell, my grotty kitchen at home would of been far more hygienic.
    1 point
  10. Agree. And all sorts of people with very strange values live in Queenstown.
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