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Timw last won the day on December 3 2016

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  1. Update. Requeened but 2 days after inserting cage found new queen deceased in cage. So possibly a new virgin queen was already there. I have decided to leave them bee and see if they produce a new queen if their own - this colony has successfully done that in the past.
  2. A hive check 3 weeks ago revealed workers with DWV on the combs and crawling on the lawn in front of the hive. the brood was scattered acros the combs as opposed to earlier solid patterns.The colony had come through the winter well having not taken any honey off and treated in the autumn somewhat reluctantly with Bayvarol. I decided on a 6 week OAV treatment every 3 days. Today at 3 weeks there are still bees with DVW but fewrer and none on the lawn (for the past week). There were some 20-30 dead bees in cells as well as some dead pupae. The queen was produced by the colony in late 2018 and was seen today - looking somewhat duller than in her youth. I plan to see the 6 weeks of OAV through but would appreciate comments / suggestions. I'm pretty eco so would be inclined to let things run their course but wonder about requeening at some point - or leavingnthat up to the bees.
  3. @tommy dave - yep on reflection I’m going continue with AOV a few weeks then add the strips. Nick is back to prune in a few weeks so will pass on your regards
  4. Thanks. There’s slightly more honey to brood area. The colony is v strong and I’m inclined to leave it in and keep an eye (it’s on the front deck). I think also it’s a good thermal barrier in the colder weather. I’ll go with bayvarol as that hive got Apistan in November so can’t argue the “organic” line in that hive and i agree with your slow continuous approach. I’ll test the Warre in the next couple of days - sugar shake - and if it’s also <1% I will consider continuing with OAV as a efficacy comparison in my back garden. Really appreciate this conversation. Had some good input from my knowledgeable arborist beek friend Nick Holmes now based in Whangarei https://i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/91756186/warre-hives-providing-new-zealands-most-natural-honey.
  5. @ChrisM sugar shake during inspection of the TBH per your advice. 2 mites! So the repeated 4 day OAV appears to have been effective. Do you still advocate an autumn bayvarol now or would you continue with OAV into winter. I’ve got strips ready.
  6. Thanks @ChrisM I treated with Apistan while away November December and it was v effective - however some potential issues with likely start of honey flow. Agree about winter here with brood throughout. I’ve read a bit about caging the queen to create a brood break but she a good newish queen and I don’t fancy the associated risk. I’ll think about staples but currently favour the Bayvarol Apivar approach. Will sugar shake and thanks for the honey advice
  7. I’ve been treating the TBH - very strong hive - with OAV each 4 days for a month with a consistent drop of 30 odd pesky mites. The autumn approaches (although not much sign of it in Auckland!). I’m considering Apivar as an autumn treatments or March April. Is it worth continuing OAV till then? Other suggestions. Plan to leave all honey in for the winter (about 8 bars full)
  8. Well @M4tt maybe I am the only one. ...I understand Apistan is lipophilic and is taken up by wax but to what extent? And does it get into honey. An article by Ceracel (notwithstanding the obvious potential for bias) explains the mechanisms of Apistan and in a circumstance such as I describe above the only way Apistan would get into the honey is by incomplete filtration (of wax particles). This inherently makes sense. While I’m not advocating harvesting the honey for consumption if there was a big excess I’d contemplate trying a bar myself. ???? https://www.ceracell.co.nz/articles/the-truth-about-apistan/
  9. Prior to going abroad for 2 months (November /December) my top bar had a very high mite count that i had been unable to reduce with AOV. So I used Apistan (for the first time) for those 8 weeks. In hindsight this period would have been early honeyflow. What does this mean as far as honey is concerned?? The hive has good stores and I’d planned to leave any honey for the bees and possibly harvest surplus next spring.
  10. I am finding in season 3 with a couple more hives it’s a constant learning curve. Part of it is having confidence when to intervene and when to leave alone. I thought a while back I was going to loose the topbar and talked to a queen raiser about requeening. He advised to leave and await supercedure. A month later found a lovely queen and now it’s my strongest hive. So there are ups as well as downs. Fascinating
  11. No not x combed at all. Lost 2/6 but the other came from a secondary swarm that never did well and in hindsight I should probably have requeened
  12. OK. @M4tt you were right on the money. Deadout! Some capped cells with dead fully formed bees. A few with dead lava that didn’t rope out - looked more like sac brood. I’ve taken a few samples of these and will send in for analysis.
  13. 400 thread count Egyptian cotton worked well but don’t tell her indoors
  14. Thanks @M4tt will look tomorrow
  15. Thanks @M4tt will look tomorrow
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