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Jerry last won the day on November 22 2012

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  1. thank you all for the help - great place to come this forum if you are in despair! checked hive today and found small spattering of 2-3 day old eggs, a plump calm looking queen, and no queen cells in sight... ! i think we're a.o.k! as per varroa problem i used bayvarol. Now in theory with some broodless time and medication killing mites on bees i should be relatively mite free for a time phew! stress over .. for now thanks all, Jerry
  2. generally the internet in its self the above is a good recommendation. can i ask you to expand seeing as i've never raised a queen before? 1// judging from my photos at last inspection, how long would you recommend i wait before having the next nosey? 2// i have read this: http://www.wbka.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/There-Are-Queen-Cells-In-My-Hive-WBKA-WAG.pdf and page 16 (step7) looks to be close to where i am at. thoughts on the 'remedial action' to take? 3// mites are still an issue obviously - would apilifevar be too smelly for when trying to raise a queen? or would you recommend something else? i have both bayvarol & apilifevar on hand. 4// and last but not least, and not a question, just a whinge - i need to fix a date for afb check from my deca holder buddy - what a pain
  3. that was what i was after - thanks @Dave Black ! so i guess i will check the hive in a week and see what is happening? or is that too soon? I am inundated with conflicting information which makes this experience all the more "fun" hey there and thanks @2bornot2b ! The post is really a call for help - so i'm still hoping there are more replies incoming. To catch the swarm, one of us held a box underneath, while the other sweeped them in. There were a few stragglers but they made their own way to the box 10 or so minutes after
  4. hmmmmm, another question: should i just merge the hive & split, smoosh the queen cells i find, and call it a day? kinda obvious solution perhaps...
  5. hey all! I'm looking for some advice on what to do next. Currently trying to make a new queen but being new to this i have a lot of questions. i have documented each step i have taken and usually took photos. Happy to provide more info if required! beehive consists of 2 brood boxes and 2 honey supers (four boxes all up) with a queen excluder between. Order of events: 12-10-2014 inspection Found a bunch of queen cells, two of which were capped. Queen sighted and many eggs. Thought a swarm was imminent so made a split by shifting Queen and 5 frames to a nuc. replaced missing frames with some spare, drawn, frames. split is placed next to hive. original hive has x2 queen cells within 25-10-2014 swarm! captured swarm as it was very politely created on fence next to hive. Went to feed swarm in the evening and found swarm box empty - absconded & never seen again 26-10-2014 inspections The split - wanted to be sure my original backup queen was ok and well fed. seemed fine in the nuc. fed sugar syrup just in case as some frames felt light The original hive - cracked brood chambers apart to see if any dangling Queen cells on bottom bars - none sighted & bees very calm. spotted a mite on a bee 04-11-2014 (today) inspection has been a number of days since initial split, wanted to check how hive was doing. have had a bunch of nice days also. Found no eggs. Found x1 capped queen cell (or has it been recapped? picture provided) & x4 queen cells who have apparently hatched or been torn open. sighted x4 bees with a mite on their bodies. Didn't spot any sort of virgin queen or otherwise, but that's not surprising... my eye-sight is terrible my questions are: -- what would the normal next step be in a scenario like this? -- do i have a virgin queen stumbling around in there i didn't spot? -- i obviously have a mite problem - not really wanting to intoxicate hive with varroa killing scents since raring a new queen.. what would my options be? -- have we done any of the above steps incorrectly? It feels like we may have done a step or two incorrect or a new queen would be with us perhaps -- after any tips/advice/suggestions also! thanks in advance and apologies for such a long post - obviously nervous cheers, Jerry
  6. thanks for the replies! this larvae dropped not long (5 days?) after i added a new honey super, so i thought my storage decisions might've been bad - although a full inspection today showed us the issue was in the brood chambers only - I'm hoping its gone from now! re. "bees have too much space" - the hive is well over-populated right now and attempting to swarm but we have had a few cold nights in past weeks so possible the bees huddled and left entrance unguarded? I'll attach a couple of photos soon of what I think is the waxmoth larvae damage. Keen to hear thoughts on this since it's new to me I'm assuming this frame is ok to leave in hive and the bees will attempt to fix? or should i be removing? anywho - now to see how my split goes in settling the swarm urge !
  7. hey all, been a long time! keeping track of a varroa infestation when I notice a slug like larvae in the tray. some further investigation and I find its a wax moth larvae I believe. I'm still researching (and trying to find practical beekeepers book in a box somewhere) but after any tips n tricks from the experienced if possible! happy to supply more info also! cheers! Jerry
  8. I work with Chad... Well kinda... in different buildings... And different suburbs... But still a claim to fame! .. Maybe Good dude he is
  9. hey there tom - i was using 65% formic acid. at this point in time I'm leaning towards adding back the bayvarol strips this weekend to nip it in the bud and give me peace of mind. i have some apilife-var wafers also, but it looks like they are temperature dependent too so might be similar issues as formic? will double check instructions when I get home but info off the web tells me: "Ideal temperature of use: 20°C - 25°C (68°F - 77°F). Insufficient efficacy can be expected if the average outside temperature is lower than 15°C." (http://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/graphics/cms/APILIFEVAR%20UK%202010.pdf) beekeeping - its a love/hate relationship some times!
  10. heya and thanks for the reply! without looking at my diary (at work at the mo) i think i was sitting on about 6~ mites/day (and peaking at 12 mites/day) when using 35ml of formic acid once a week for 3 weeks (sitting at the top of the brood chambers soaked in to papertowel). as this number didn't start coming down during the 3 weeks of medicating I thought I would get an accurate reading from bayvarol 24 hour testing to see how hive was doing i believe the temperamental wellington weather may have had something to do with the mixed numbers when using formic acid... hope that info helps
  11. Hi all! I've been doing a Formic acid treatment the last 3 weeks and mite drop didn't dwindle, so as a more accurate test I did 4x bayvarol strips for 24hrs and checked the mite drop, 60 mites Checking Control of Varroa it says 20-200 is the threshold... That's quite a broad range. Can anyone comment if 60 mites is a bad count for a 2 brood box hive? Can provide more info needed. Cheers! Jerry ps. this post was in another thread but i didn't get any hits.. so have shifted it here
  12. Managed to see the full thing now and it's quite good if a little sad! Now that I have a taste for bee doco's can anyone recommend others? Very keen! Cheers J
  13. anyone know if these are sold in nz? I'm a one-stop-shop kinda guy so this floats my boat: http://www.draperbee.com/beesupplies/SectionComb.pdf
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