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Hi,

I'm enjoying this forum looks like a helpful bunch of people.

We are from the hills of West Auckland in New Zealand and have been Bee Keeping for a year now, so we have gone through all the seasons. We were sad to lose one of our hives over the winter due to damp weather.

At present we only have the one hive and one Nuc which we hope to get a Queen for soon by using the Miller method. We are also going to try and go chemical free this year by using Screened Bottom boards, Drone Brood management and sugar shaking. We do have Varroa mites in our hive sadly.

We also run a blog with at http://kiwimana.wordpress.com and you can follow us on Twitter at KiwiManaBuzz.

Thanks

Gary
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Welcome... Always glad to to see new posters from down under. It's nice to hear springtime stories during our winter.
 

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welcome aboard kiwimana...

I may have the opportunity to visit you fine country in the next year or so. Are you on the north Island or the south Island?

I will check out your blog site..
 

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I take it foul brood is now running across New Zealand in something that approaches epidemic proportions? do folks in New Zealand treat or do they burn affected hives?
 

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Welcome! I would love to visit your country some day. My Mom went biking there and said it was absolutely beautiful, and the only place where you can bike through a rain forest and along a glacier in the same day!

Do you ever get Manuka honey?
 

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tecumseh said:
I take it foul brood is now running across New Zealand in something that approaches epidemic proportions? do folks in New Zealand treat or do they burn affected hives?
Hi tecumseh,

I wouldn't say its epidemic proportions but it does seem to be common this spring for some reason, so far we gave been fine.

Yes in New Zealand we are required by law to burn the infected hive within seven days to prevent AFB spreading to other hives.

For info about AFB in New Zealand have a look at this site:- http://afb.org.nz/

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tecumseh said:
welcome aboard kiwimana...

I may have the opportunity to visit you fine country in the next year or so. Are you on the north Island or the south Island?

I will check out your blog site..
We are in the North Island in Auckland, give us a yell before you come over and we could meet for a coffee if you are in town.

See ya...Gary
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Hobie said:
Welcome! I would love to visit your country some day. My Mom went biking there and said it was absolutely beautiful, and the only place where you can bike through a rain forest and along a glacier in the same day!

Do you ever get Manuka honey?

Hi, Yep we do later in the year.

Buts its hard to get the Bees to only take nectar from Manuka, Our hives are in a Manuka Forest but whats that old saying "You can make Bees do exactly what they want to do :D"

See ya...Gary
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