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  Topic: Odd Bee Behaviour
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 9798

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:35 pm   Subject: Odd Bee Behaviour
No, not my bees and most likely (given the locality) a feral tree dwelling colony.
A heifer dairy calf is an expensive commodity in this neck of the woods, so it is likely the glucose was not the onl ...
  Topic: Odd Bee Behaviour
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 9798

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:29 am   Subject: Odd Bee Behaviour
Not sure where to post this, could be environmental, could be wild bee, could go under lots of headings and please, mods, feel free to shift to where you see fit.

Yesterday I went trout fishing, no ...
  Topic: The Beekeeping Season 2014 Is Here...well in New Zealand
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 10037

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:52 am   Subject: The Beekeeping Season 2014 Is Here...well in New Zealand
Plum trees are just kicking in down here, lovely warm (15+ deg C) afternoon, not a breath of wind- nor a cloud. How is Auckland?
Willows are sitting with swollen buds, so it will not be long for thos ...
  Topic: The Beekeeping Season 2014 Is Here...well in New Zealand
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 10037

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:05 am   Subject: The Beekeeping Season 2014 Is Here...well in New Zealand
Maybe in Westie land, but not down here yet. Laughing
Honey bees are just waking up this week down South and just as well as there is not much in the way of blooms yet to sustain them.
  Topic: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
J Smith

Replies: 20
Views: 59149

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:18 am   Subject: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
Last of Winter is still hanging on here, last week it looked like this....

http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i463/Matauramayfly/Stuff/IMG_2787_zps532f7ccd.jpg

But Spring is not far away, the P ...
  Topic: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
J Smith

Replies: 17
Views: 28324

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:01 pm   Subject: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
Let us know what you come up with, take photos and share them here. Will be interesting to see if your house of mud and sticks is a viable bee home.
  Topic: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
J Smith

Replies: 17
Views: 28324

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:34 am   Subject: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
Jen,
It is in fact perhaps a rather good train of thought- the sticks & mud hive, for warmer climates.
Do some internet research into Tanzanian and Kenyan top bar hives, adobe style mud hives ar ...
  Topic: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
J Smith

Replies: 17
Views: 28324

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:02 pm   Subject: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
Hello to both of you, from across the ditch. Welcome to the foray.

First off, your stingless natives. Try and do some research on keeping these, try to find other keepers of and see about the do's ...
  Topic: Entrances to a KHTBH
J Smith

Replies: 5
Views: 10746

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:29 am   Subject: Entrances to a KHTBH
Love your description of Dunedin weather, you just missed one point. The wind can be cold. That is perhaps more of a worry for you than -5 deg C or +30 deg C.
For me it depends on placement of the hi ...
  Topic: Hornets!
J Smith

Replies: 8
Views: 13734

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:45 am   Subject: Hornets!
Then perhaps, there has been a case for mistaken identity?
Being unfamiliar with local hornets and wasps to where this occurred- I cannot really say, photos would help I guess, but ten hits in quick ...
  Topic: Hornets!
J Smith

Replies: 8
Views: 13734

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:54 pm   Subject: Hornets!
I decided to sacrifice this particular hTBH box, which had a lot of insecticide on it also.


Fair enough, a tbh dosed with liberal amounts of insecticide and gasoline is no home for bees no more ...
  Topic: Hornets!
J Smith

Replies: 8
Views: 13734

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:46 pm   Subject: Hornets!
Some will say live and let live.
But me, I am all for destroy the invader. We have the same problem here with German Wasps, not as big but can be very aggressive to honey bees. They either behead and ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
J Smith

Replies: 34
Views: 80288

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:16 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
Back home in NZ now, temperatures are much different! Having just experienced a Summer Ireland can be proud of.
Looking through photos, there are not really any good ones of bees actually working the ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
J Smith

Replies: 34
Views: 80288

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:09 am   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
Kim, having flown over to enjoy the Irish Summer, I have been observing the local bee population around the inlaw's garden.
One surprise was to find a type of Fuscia plant common in NZ growing here ...
  Topic: Need to move my spare hive, but there are wasps in it.
J Smith

Replies: 5
Views: 7708

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 4:02 am   Subject: Need to move my spare hive, but there are wasps in it.
Theoretically, it is possible for bees to live in a cardboard box- until either the weather or the bees chewing on it makes the box fall apart.
Not really a long term solution- hived as soon as possi ...
  Topic: anyway to rescue this disaster?
J Smith

Replies: 2
Views: 8557

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:43 am   Subject: anyway to rescue this disaster?
Ellent, really hard to offer advice from afar, but most importantly- don't loose faith.
I had a newly established colony building fresh comb on 10 bars that blew over in 70 mile and hour winds. Smas ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
J Smith

Replies: 86
Views: 181064

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:12 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
My personal take, upon watching the video on his website, is that the method is used to increase bee numbers more than any honey production.
Indeed "increasing bee numbers" is mentioned a c ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
J Smith

Replies: 86
Views: 181064

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 2:46 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Try looking direct instead of Amazon.
http://www.rosebeehives.com/the-rose-hive-book.html Wink
  Topic: Rose Hive method
J Smith

Replies: 86
Views: 181064

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 10:57 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
Andy, you are dead right.
Hollow log, hTBH, Kenyan, Tanzanian, homemade, store bought, Langstroth, National, Warre, Russian, Perone........ and any others are just houses for bees with differing dime ...
  Topic: Clover
J Smith

Replies: 7
Views: 12416

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:53 am   Subject: Clover
I usually wait until the blooms start dying back. With white clover that is.
Depends on your growing season and how high you can stand to let the rest of the grasses getting before your key start ha ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
J Smith

Replies: 22
Views: 31406

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 11:06 am   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Or better still, one of those exploding ink packs like the banks place in the "bag" when being robbed- under the lid and above the top bars.......... or a Claymore....... would have to be sa ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
J Smith

Replies: 86
Views: 181064

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 10:32 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
There is nothing wrong with Nationals (or Langs) as a hive to keep bees in. It is more to do with the way you manage them.
Sounds like you now have that sorted. Good on you for ditching the excluder ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
J Smith

Replies: 22
Views: 31406

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:54 am   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Yes Rob, but bullets can be traced- shot (or rock salt Twisted Evil) cannot. Laughing
  Topic: Strange honey
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 7448

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:51 am   Subject: Strange honey
Yep, pretty good at that- but don't ask them to challenge for a yachting cup! Embarassed
Like you guys over that side of the ditch, we have a pretty good inkling of farming animals, bees included. We j ...
  Topic: Strange honey
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 7448

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:41 am   Subject: Strange honey
Now that is interesting.
Most Manuka honey is quite runny (down here anyhow).
In the North Island they call Manuka Tea tree and Captain Cook was said to have used Manuka leaf tips for making tea a ...
  Topic: Strange honey
J Smith

Replies: 6
Views: 7448

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:52 pm   Subject: Strange honey
Rob, is the honey from "Gum" trees? Rolling Eyes

Seriously, it will be a consequence of the major nectar contributor. There are very striking differences in our "bush" honeys, depen ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
J Smith

Replies: 22
Views: 31406

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:48 pm   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Branding and tracking are good deterrents, but "locks only keep honest folk out".
If some lowlife wants to steal something, they will find a way to do it, they might even ditch the hive an ...
  Topic: Smoking a colony out
J Smith

Replies: 21
Views: 30213

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:24 am   Subject: Smoking a colony out
So..... what is "frog" now replaced with? Confused Laughing

All clear.... now.
Well, one good thing to come from your further postings. The wall cavity is not full of overburdened comb that m ...
  Topic: HIVING A SWARM IN A TBH
J Smith

Replies: 5
Views: 7774

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:44 pm   Subject: HIVING A SWARM IN A TBH
Must admit to never having used a queen excluder in a hTBH, so I would be guessing removal once they are building comb and bringing in pollen?
I hope it is a primary swarm and your Queen is mated- or ...
  Topic: Smoking a colony out
J Smith

Replies: 21
Views: 30213

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:47 pm   Subject: Smoking a colony out
Well, you do pick them!
If you tried to write a "most difficult swarm capture" this scenario would have to rate pretty highly. Very Happy

My first thought was is it a just arrived swarm or a j ...
 
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