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  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
HowieNZ

Replies: 28
Views: 51059

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:30 pm   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
No worries, pity in New Zealand we don't have the varieties mentioned however can but try local varieties.
  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
HowieNZ

Replies: 28
Views: 51059

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:50 pm   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Here is the link to the Paul Stamets You Tube video How Mushrooms can save our bees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAw_Zzge49c
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
HowieNZ

Replies: 28
Views: 52338

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:21 am   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Hi, has any further testing/research been done?
thanks HowieNZ
  Topic: Varroa Biological Control
HowieNZ

Replies: 3
Views: 7076

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:07 pm   Subject: Varroa Biological Control
Hi Che, thanks for the link. So any further investigations/trials done since?
  Topic: Varroa Biological Control
HowieNZ

Replies: 3
Views: 7076

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:50 am   Subject: Varroa Biological Control
Has anyone used, tested or researched this treatment?

https://vimeo.com/63418711
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:30 am   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
I was talking to a "traditional" bee keeper today and when I mentioned Top Bar hives and also foundationless Langstoth hives, he said you can't do that the bees will make far to much "D ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:39 am   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Thanks AugustC for answering my questions Smile
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:17 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
This is a new study just published
Eliash N, Singh NK, Kamer Y, Pinnelli GR, Plettner E, et al. (2014) Can We Disrupt the Sensing of Honey Bees by the Bee Parasite Varroa destructor? PLoS ONE 9(9): ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:46 am   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hi Rays,
yes I read your earlier post and read the links as well, very much appreciated. Because Varroa is a relatively new in New Zealand compared to some other countries, the Bee Keepers here are ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:59 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hi AugustC,
Do you let your colonies naturally swarm? My thinking which may be totally wrong, doesn't that actually load up the colony with a higher Varroa count percentage wise per number of bees ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:16 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Yes, no treatment is one option, can I ask how long/longest you have kept a single hive alive treatment free? Thanks Howard.
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:33 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Here is video I found on treating Varroa in a Top Bar Hive using Folic Acid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvHIlYuA1IU
I thought the use of the sanitary product clever
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:00 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Has anyone done or read any research as to whether Oxalic Acid has a detrimental effect on a queens fertility? Thanks HowieNZ
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:05 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Thanks Masqerade, the photos are excellent too, great looking comb. cheers HowieNZ.
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:00 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Thank you DocBB and rays, it is appreciated and great that as an international team we can work together for the health of the bees. I would like to think that it can be proven in many countries that ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:24 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hi Maskerade, thanks for making the video and putting it on YouTube, yes please you would be very welcome to put the details of the process and also success or otherwise of this method of treatment wi ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:26 am   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hi Rob,
yes as far as I know the hive beetle isn't here in NZ but as is the nature of the Global Market it won't be long, like you guys with Varroa Sad
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:25 am   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Yes it would be my aim to be treatment free and I certainly have no intention of using synthetic chemical treatments.
Correction: year 2000 when Varroa arrived in the North Island New Zealand.


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  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:53 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
Hi Barbara, thanks for your reply and I hope your two hives affected recover. interesting about the swarming connection and Bee health. yes unfortunately New Zealand has Varroa since 2006 and Bee keep ...
  Topic: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
HowieNZ

Replies: 42
Views: 67283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:14 pm   Subject: How you treat Varoa in a HTBH?
For those that do, what are your methods and type of treatment? I have googled and found plenty of info with Langstroth but not with a HTBH.
Thanks Howie.
  Topic: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
HowieNZ

Replies: 16
Views: 29590

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:23 pm   Subject: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
Thanks for your reply CEEBEE, good to hear you didn't have any negative effects while using MAQS The following is a quote from a New Zealand Bee Forum by a respected member of the Forum. "To me ...
  Topic: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
HowieNZ

Replies: 16
Views: 29590

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:34 am   Subject: Icing Sugar Varoa Treatment.
Icing Sugar: Icing sugar has been trialled for use as a varroa control. The sugar is dusted between the combs of hives at a rate of 15g per hive (2 storey). The treatment is repeated 4-6 times. Icing ...
  Topic: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
HowieNZ

Replies: 17
Views: 29164

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:50 pm   Subject: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
Hi, I am not in Sydney but have one suggestion. Marine Ply is treated with synthetic compounds to protect the wood from rot. These compounds will leach and the bees may not appreciate it. So since the ...
  Topic: Entrances to a KHTBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 5
Views: 10997

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:38 am   Subject: Entrances to a KHTBH
Smile yup agreed and am as soon as spring comes around and bees are available.
  Topic: Bee poo
HowieNZ

Replies: 14
Views: 20426

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:31 pm   Subject: Bee poo
Shocked Laughing
  Topic: 15 bar TBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 30
Views: 52736

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:24 pm   Subject: 15 bar TBH
The photos make it all clear how you did it using the spacer, thanks.
Regarding protective coatings, I have used raw linseed oil and beeswax melted together as per Phil's recipe, the hive is outside ...
  Topic: Entrances to a KHTBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 5
Views: 10997

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:38 am   Subject: Entrances to a KHTBH
Thanks Che for your reply,
Here in Dunedin it does rain on a regular basis but not for days on end. I am planning to give the hives a Warre type roof using untreated wool as absorb excess condensatio ...
  Topic: Entrances to a KHTBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 5
Views: 10997

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:38 pm   Subject: Entrances to a KHTBH
Keeping in mind I have no practical beekeeping experience yet!
What are your current recommendations as to where to place the entrance holes? Reading older posts and Phils plans there is a seems to ...
  Topic: 15 bar TBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 30
Views: 52736

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:19 pm   Subject: 15 bar TBH
Good, hoping it works well for the bees and you, a photo or two would be good Smile
HowieNZ
  Topic: 15 bar TBH
HowieNZ

Replies: 30
Views: 52736

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:20 pm   Subject: 15 bar TBH
I don't have any personal experience but have thought through the process. 1: you will need to make a new set of top bars (bee space) where the super is placed. 2: you will need to make a new roof for ...
 
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