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Hi Guys,
What is everyones opinion or knowledge of research as to when to introduce queen cage after making a split? So if I made up 20 splits on a Monday morning, how long would I wait to introduce a mated queen in a cage. A few hours, overnight, couple of days???
Over the years I have usually done the same day or the next day and never noticed any issues.
Reason I ask is I recently made up 20 splits and introduced some caged mated queens after about 4 hours. I went back after 5 days and 8 of the 20 queens were still in cages. Escort bees dead for these queens still trapped. The candy capping was rock hard. The breeder advised I should have waited at least overnight and suggested 2 nights being queenless before introducing mated queens. 6 of these splits have now superseded.
What are everyones thoughts. Thanks in advance.
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8-Layer Honey Cake Recipe (Medovik)
NATASHASKITCHEN.COM This honey cake is so soft and fantastic. The honey baked into the cake layers pairs perfectly with the simple sour cream frosting. It will WOW your crowd!  
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I got some "rescue bees" from a guy a few days ago and relocated them. I think they were a bit neglected and have lots of wax moth throughout. He did treat for varroa though. I dont know a lot about bees but  I think the bees are in trouble - the queen looks OK but there are only about 200 or so bees in the hive covering about 1/3 of a frame. Interestingly they are all on the one plastic foundation frame. There are lots of empty cells on the frame they are on and the rest of the frames have nothing in the cells , so I think they need some food fast. I dont have a hive feeder right now, and given that the bees are all clustered at the top (presume for warmth) they may not appreciate the extra space a top feeding arrangement will make right now especially since there is a cold night predicted tonight. Soooo, I have some extra frames with empty comb on them, and I thought I could  pour on sugar syrup and stick it in there this morning (if it stops raining) as a rescue. I couldn't see anyone else doing that on line, and wondered if I shouldn't do it for some reason. I just want to keep them alive for now. Any comments or help would be appreciated
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To report suspected unregistered apiaries, the GPS coordinates have to be given to the AFB management agency.
Not everybody knows how to get the GPS coordinates, so here is an easy way.
First, on your computer go to Google and enter Download Google Earth. It will find the link, click on it and follow the instyructions to download Google earth to your computer.
Once you have downloaded Google Earth, it can give the coordinates of any location. But the GPS coordinates it gives are not in the right format for us, so we have to change it. To do that go to the TOOLS button as per the pic, click it, and from the drop down menu click OPTIONS
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The 1st NZ Honeybee research program is now available and is attached.
This symposium covers research topics from AFB to the ApiWellbeing and FutureBees projects. It is free to join the meeting via zoom and registration can be made online here or simply join the meeting here: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/95962449048  (please mute your microphone and turn off video when joining)
Of note, there will be industry talks by both ApiNZ (Karin Kos) and NZ Beekeeping (Jane Lorimer) and there will also be a workshop at 2pm (refer to program) where your views of research in the industry can be presented in a smaller group manner. Please do consider attending this workshop at least, if you can't make other sessions
Organising commitee
NZ Honeybee Research Symposium
1st NZ Honeybee Research Symposium Programme.pdf
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The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be holding a workshop on "Preparing for the new season" at the club's hives at the Community Gardens, at the end of Ballinger Drive, off Budge Street, Blenheim, at 2pm, 30 August 2020.
This workshop will cover most aspects of getting the hives ready for spring and summer, including checking the condition of the hives and honey stores, applying varroa mite treatment, and preventing swarms. If the weather is warm enough, the hives will be opened up for a look and varroa mite treatment applied.
All welcome. Please bring your beesuit if you have one, otherwise veils in limited numbers can be provided. 
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the much anticipated video advertising the "nz honey story" appears to be live:
probably worth a watch, ignore the word 'humble' though eh
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Just came across this by chance and thought I'd share it here, I'm not a scientist and other people might find it interesting. 
Bee venom and SARS-CoV-2.textClipping
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According to google: Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a break-down product of fructose, it forms slowly during storage and very quickly when honey is heated. According to Hills Laboratories HMF is created by the thermal decomposition of sugars and can provide evidence that honey has been heated or 'cooked'.
I suppose in the production of refined white sugar there is heat involved, does anyone know if there is a lot of HMF in regular sugar from the get-go? Presumably not or else bees would die from it (?). Since the feed sugar is sucrose, can there be HMF in sucrose or is that limited to fructose?
If making fondant, we dissolve refined white sugar in water with a little lemon juice. This is taken to 118C with a candy thermometer and is the "soft ball stage". It is held there at constant temperature for 15 minutes. The temperature of the fondant stays at 100C until all the water boils off, so beyond 100C there is no water and it is essentially melted / liquid sugar. I assume that the sucrose is inverted by the lemon juice and heat into fructose and glucose. After some cooling it goes into a kitchen aid mixer and finally at low temperature is poured out to set as a soft white fudge and stored in the freezer until needed.
This provides a low smell, low robbing stimulus, low water, high energy density, unspillable feed, that never goes hard, that I give to Nuc's. 
So far as I can see, they like it, no dead bees noticed and it suits our very small operation (aka out of control hobby) because it is easy to make the volumes we need and is easy to store, is very compact and never goes off.
I don't know a lot about HMF and most posts on the forum searches I've done seem to relate to HMF in honey not feed.
Question: is if the HMF would be high enough in this fondant to give me something new to worry about?
These over-wintered Nuc's only get this feed if they are low on food ~September.
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These informative fact filled tutorials are aimed at hobbyist and entry level beekeepers, as another strategy in your ongoing beekeeping learning toolkit to compliment beekeeping practical knowledge and experience in working your own hive/s, and club activities.  Reference throughout the tutorials is made to both hobbyist and commercial sectors.  This Masterton tutorial is my last North Island event, before queen cell production gets underway for my commercial customers. Each topic has allowance for questions, answers and discussion.  Photography not allowed.  Note taking most welcome.  Please see my advert below.  
I am based on the mid Canterbury plains.   Work experience includes 20 years queen cell and queen bee production for commercial beekeepers, and honey production.  Also, a number of years as resource writer, photographer, and practical beekeeping tutor Levels 3 & 4 for two divisions of Lincoln University.  For over ten years, in autumn, for the South Island Honey Bee Surveillance programme I undertook hive inspection with very large contracts.  
Twenty-five years ago, loving the outdoors I struck on the idea of having a beehive as a hobby, and then I dived into beekeeping with gusto!  I studied at Telford via correspondence.  In those days Telford also offered a queen bee rearing certificate, so once I completed the apiculture knowledge cert, I launched into queen rearing studies.  To complete my queen rearing cert, I was required to be at Telford for 8 weeks, and during this time there was major emphasis on stock selection, grafting techniques, and artificial insemination. As a hobbyist I was secretary/editor five years for the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers' Club, also two years branch secretary for the Canterbury NBA, and more recently five years secretary co-coordinator for the Canterbury Hub ApiNZ from which I resigned this year.  
So now I have got so much to tell regarding beekeeping, and it has come time to change tack and decelerate. Enquiries most welcome.   
Maggie James
Certificate in Queen Bee Rearing
Quality Queen Cells, Queen Bees, Honey & Tutorials
60 Selwyn Street, Leeston 7632, Canterbury, New Zealand
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The 2020 NZ Colony Loss Survey will launch in early September. Please watch your email inboxes for an invitation to participate.

For those who are unfamiliar with the survey, the goal is to quantify winter losses across both regions and time. While NZ's winter loss rates are 'low' by international standards, NZ beekeepers lost around 82,000 hives last winter. Moreover, loss rates at a national level increased 25% between 2015 and 2019. And while some places like the lower South Island have seen year-on-year increases in loss rates since 2015, others like the lower North Island have seen steady decreases in loss rates.
The survey is conducted by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research on behalf of MPI. The survey is not affiliated with any industry group. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. 
For those who have completed the survey in the past, much of it will look familiar. However, I am working on adding some new questions about where beekeepers go to for advice and information, including this forum. I've also made it possible to move backward so you can correct answers if you need to (which sounds simple was was really hard to change!).   
Thanks very much for supporting this research.
P.S. For anyone who is interested, results going back to 2015 can be found on MPI's website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/readiness/bee-biosecurity/bee-colony-loss-survey. The 2019 results are summarised in the infographic, which can be downloaded below.
CLSS- one sheet_A4.pdf
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A friend asked me a while back for some comb honey to send to family in Israel. I queried whether there were any issues getting things into Israel but she assured me there aren't. She went to send her parcel and was flatly told you are not allowed to send honey overseas.
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Produce finder has been added to let the general public find you as a local honey supplier.
"NZ Beekeepers represents beekeepers from across New Zealand.  Our beekeepers offer you arguably the best locally produced honey available.
Click on the region ( to the right ) to find the beekeepers in your area or if you are wanting a particular type of honey click in the list ( below right ).. Selecting either will bring up a list of honey stockists.
On selecting a stockist you will be directed to their contact details or website and can complete any purchase directly with them.
When it comes to honey, fresh is best and honey from New Zealand beekeepers is the most glorious honey you can get."
To be able to make a listing you currently need a bronze subscription or above. Listings will be available for 3 months before needing to be renewed. This is to ensure you check in and update your advert re availability etc. If you go AWOL for a while your listing will expire and that prevents the information going stale.
To kick things off I'm happy to sponsor 5 people who currently do not have subscriptions. All you have to do to win a subscription is post your advert below. I'll pick the 5 best ones at the end of June.
If you.bave a subscription already then please do make an active listing on Produce Finder.
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The other day my wife found some beeswax blocks for sale in a craft shop. They appear to come from Australia and to have been packed in China.
I am struggling to find out whether this importation is legal or not. Anyone have an opinion?
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Local producers - advertising your business and selling your wares
I want to revamp how we help your business, whether its large or small, fully commercial or local farmers market. We've had the marketplace for you to list your products and whilst that was intended to be a farm gate type approach for those who do not have online purchase facilities, most of the attempts at sales have been for equipment or bulk honey between beekeepers themselves.
So lets take a different tack on marketing your wares and try and expand that market. There have been a few discussions recently and I'd like to ask for your input on a section for local honey producers - or wax or candles, or beer/meade etc.
My intial thoughts (and this has aletered based on the feedback received, so thank you for that), is that we sales pitch the various types of NZ based honey and product types. Then allow the public to "find a local supplier". That then goes to a regional search that lists suppliers - YOU - and what you offer and where they can get hold of you.
It would be a free service listing initially, you would create a "classified" add in the listing and put in the information of your choosing. I'm thinking there are 3 elements here.
Those with no direct sales process at the moment
Those with a website but only physical sales
Those with a website and online sales
The intention is that we can cater for and help with all 3 aspects, so that those with existing channels maintain their brand and identity. We can help by filling in the gaps through features either coming or already available on this site and help you build your brand.
The difference from what we've offered previously, would be that we cater for direct sales to the public in your required format.
Feedback and brainstorming ideas below please.
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