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    New

    Welcome to the forum, yep joining an association is a great idea. I would look into that. Thanks...Gary
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    Wasp attack

    Thanks John for posting our picture...Gary
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    Wasp attack

    We had good luck last summer with these wasp guards:- Pretty easy to make three bits of wood and some mesh. We do have an article about some other methods. But sorry can't post links on this forum. See ya...Gary
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    Web hosting

    We use hostgator for our blog/Store. We find them very good and the support is great and 24 hours, which helps because we are in New Zealand. Hostgator are in the US. Thanks...Gary
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    Swarm at top of conifers ?

    I just cleared some of small branches and used the larger branches as steps to climb up the inside. It was only about two metres high, so it wasn't a tough climb. You can see some photos of the tree here (it was swarm number three that day) Search for "A tale of three swarms " on our website *...
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    Swarm at top of conifers ?

    I did one of these last years; I managed to climb up the tree from the inside. I only had to remove a few small branches. Once I has climbed up inside I place a blanket underneath the main cluster and shook the bees into it. I then gathered up the sheet of bees and carried it down the tree...
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    Solar wax extractor question

    Yes we do as icanhopit does, I bought an old pot and add the wax to the boiling water. I use a small camp gas cooker and do this outside. Once all the wax is melted I turn off the gas and let it cool, once cooled I scrape off the bottom layer of sludge and repeat as required. Don't walk away...
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Hmmm yep me either, I think its because we are a business or something? I guess we have upset the admin :) We have friends that live in School Road, wow small world. Yep that shark attack was terrible the other week. See ya...Gary
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Sorry what do you mean we are spider food??? Sorry if I have offended anyone, by using our name for our name. Thanks Gary
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Thanks pretty close to the Franklin Bee Club that we attend, great stuff are your cousins into Bees? See ya...Gary
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Wow Waimauku, that's not far from us. We live near Waitakere Village. Oh yes there are beekeepers everywhere here, we normally keep Langstroth Type hives here, toying with getting a top bar but haven't built it yet. See ya...Gary
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Thanks icanhopit, wow so you have New Zealand Bees how do they perform in the UK for you? See ya...Gary
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    Newbie reporting for duty

    Hi Walter, Welcome to the forum, I have just joined myself today. Yep best bet is to get local bees from a local beekeeper, maybe the second year look at different breeds etc after you have researched the differences.
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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    Hi All, Just joined the forum today, it seems pretty active so I thought I would come and see what is happening with beekeepers in the UK. Well we are beekeepers from Auckland in New Zealand, we are currently going into our winter so other than wintering down and treating our bees from Varroa...
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