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  1. Grows in Broad Bay, Dunedin, glossy leaves and red flowers. Thanks.
  2. When I started 10 years ago I met bees on the Otago Peninsula who had no requeening for a long time, and they were not very welcoming - at all. New queens were effective in developing gentle bees, but still veils and gloves needed. But every now and then an aggro hive appears, and simple intervention with protected cell has always worked.
  3. When you have a hive with horrible bees just re-queen ASAP with a protected queen cell. The newly emerged queen will kill the mother of the horrible bees (acting as your assassin) and the mood of the bees can change quite quickly or take 6 weeks until all the eggs laid by the old queen have hatched, done their stuff, and died of old age. Don't hesitate, nothing as horrible as horrible bees.
  4. It's all about good decisions, throwing good after bad or very keen to save a hive with frames from a strong hive with brood to spare. Just that there are lots of options, and that laying workers are uncommon as we keep a close eye on the queenright status, and act before workers start laying. Or get caught out being so clever !
  5. Another method which I have used successfully is to turn off the laying workers by giving a series of frames with open brood which produces a pheromone with the required effect. One a week until workers stop laying (usually 2-3 doses) and it boosts the hive with brood as it hatches, then give a cell or queen when it is safe, or combine with a queen right hive. This does take time and uses resources, but very interesting for a hobby beekeeper.
  6. Please follow the advice of putting every swarm on un-drawn foundation so they use the honey they are carrying to build cells, and do not store AFB spores if the comb is drawn and they just store their honey. For the same reason, never feed a swarm immediately, and only after at least a week if the weather is too bad for the bees to get out for nectar and pollen. We had one case of AFB in a swarm which was fed from the beginning. And treat the swarm for varroa as they can have a high load, and it is wise to re-queen for obvious reasons. Regards.
  7. The main plan is to prevent swarming. Please read about it at: https://www.nzbees.net/files/file/89-easy-bee-keeping-for-hobbyists-in-new-zealand/ And intervene by an Artificial Swarm if they have decided to swarm. regards.
  8. My younger son had a final interview for a high level job in Oz and when asked for any final comment he told the selection panel that joke - and got the job !
  9. Meaning "to move in a stealthy or furtive manner" such as a bee probing the defences with the plan of a robbing attack. Action: check the hive security so that boxes all fit snugly together and don't have broken rims, and are bee proof. Also reduce entrance size if robbing is starting. I lost one hive recently which I left with one frame poorly seated so that there was a gap between two boxes, and so that robbers could gain access. When passing by a week later I noticed a few bees along the junction of the boxes but did not twig that they were robbing. Only noticed the problem accurately when checking later for honey stores which had gone. Grrr.
  10. Hi, Minor edit: Convert a Full Depth to a Medium (3/4) hive is easy. START HERE: The queen is in the FD brood box under the excluder, lots of brood both closed and open. Place a drawn medium (3/4) box with some honey stores (it may well be the honey super that has come through over winter) on a hive mat on the ground and find the queen in the FD box. Get her to go into the medium box by picking her up (gently) or gently laying the frame she is on flat on top of the medium box with her on the lower surface – she will go to the darkness as fast as anything. Put the excluder on the FD box, and the new medium box on top of that, and maybe a honey super above that. Probably add the other ¾ box above the one with the queen if she is laying a lot or lots of honey is coming in – do the bees need the space ? The brood will emerge from the cells in the FD box after a maximum of 24 days (check arithmetic). Then unpack the hive with the medium boxes in the lid, and place the FD box to one side. By now all the brood will have emerged and most bees move up to where the queen is, who is laying. Check some of the FD frames and see if they contain honey (don't worry about pollen). If there is lots of honey, we will arrange “internal robbing” as follows. If not, retire the box. Place the 2 medium boxes on the base board, put on the queen excluder, and an empty medium box with no frames in it. Then place the FD box on that, and work through it frame by frame, scratching any capped honey with a scratcher – the bees then see this as “free honey” and should move it down to the hive below the excluder. Give them a couple of days, then remove the FD box after shaking off any bees, and retire it, and remove the excluder. The extra vacant space gives the bees the impression that the wets are not part of their own hive and rob it out and take the honey back down to their frames. This generally leaves the frames pretty dry. By this stage the new 2 box OSB hive may need another box depending on how the queen is laying. If you don't have drawn ¾ frames for START HERE above: A box of foundation may not be used by the bees, but if the queen is there I would be confident that the bees start drawing immediately as long as there is some flow, or you feed them. However, safer would be to remove from the FD box a couple of frames without brood, and put 2 3/4 frames with foundation just next to the brood frames, on each side. The bees will probably draw those frames quickly, and you can use them in the 3/4 box with foundation frames to draw the bees up. And there will be cells for the queen to lay in straight away. And put back the FD frames you took out. So it puts you back a week or so, no long time. And I would do this alteration in spring when the hive is active, not in autumn when it is closing now (like now). good luck, Tudor - and keep asking if you need more help.
  11. I hope he has a copy of the game Bananagram, that would help him if he can find a moderately sober person to play with ?
  12. It's not a pricker - the cells are already uncapped - and then the modified hair roller with its clever bobbles tickles (agitates) the honey which becomes runny and comes out in the spinner. "Rollers" that you can buy do nothing to help. I assure you, I have been there and done that. Commercial extraction will do the job for you, but as a hobby BK you will/may have trouble getting it done.
  13. Here we go again ! Its all about thixtrophism. We have discussed this before: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/5290-small-honey-extractor-recomendation/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-80423 check my post on January 13 for a pic of the roller.
  14. I'm not quite sure why a local anaesthetic cream would be used rather than an antihistamine cream such as Anthisan (it contains mepyramine maleate) which works well for me if a big load of stings on a hand. Maybe just my ignorance.
  15. A great advantage living near Dunedin is a more effective system called opening the windows ?
  16. Each season I look forward to the kanuka-rich honey which comes out just fine using the "tickler" technique I have posted above. And its easy to do ... And my family and honey clients look forward to this honey as it's unheated in any way, and keeps all it's flavour.
  17. Gee, "grumpy" is a euphemism ...
  18. I sometimes get a bit grumpy when people don't bother to read posts about hobby bee keeping approach and learn about the thixotrophic characteristic of kanuka honey. If the honey is agitated it changes from a gel to a liquid form and can be spun out, and over time becomes a gel again. And a half jar of gel honey won't flow, but will if stirred with a spoon - and demonstrates the principle of "tickling" I posted about. And I use a fruit press like the one described to get the honey out of the cappings if there are quite a lot.
  19. Its all about thixtrophism. We have discussed this before: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/5290-small-honey-extractor-recomendation/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-80423 check my post on January 13 for a pic of the roller.
  20. Protected cell means the virgin emerges safely and she is usually much faster than the older, mated queen. I my experience this usually happens.
  21. Just re-queen with a protected queen cell and the virgin queen will be the assassin who kills the present queen for you. In 6 weeks all the bad tempered bees will have died of old age and your hive will be nice again.
  22. Just try Yellow Box honey from Euc melliodora https://www.honeytraveler.com/single-flower-honey/yellow-box-honey/ Very good honey, much more complex than NZ clover.
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