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  2. were those strips put in in early autumn or refreshed during the winter
  3. Last Autumn in a n organised trial one site was much closer to a certain large outfit than the rest. Its initial mite loads at day 1 were 6- 10 times that of the Sites further away. Its got nothing to do with luck. These hives are in a 2.4m pa rainfall area and this season has been very wet Ive been at this a while now and have cracked it What you see is how I roll
  4. @M4ttthanks! I just sent you a message on Facebook. Ta
  5. lots a good luck, not sure what your weather has been like over the winter, but we have had a lot of wet or cloudy days and found our strips got very damp and quite wet feeling, we had our strips in the corners by the brood, not cut across the middle like those in the pic, i have run out of ideas on these lose's it just seems so weird
  6. Tempting . Click on my avatar to get contact details
  7. I found a mite bomb site today. About 1/3 hives with dwv bees and visable mites on the bees. It also had my strongest hive to date. The only difference to other sites is that this one has 1 x full depth and 1 x 3/4 brood boxes, the others 2 or 3 x 3/4. It’s also the closest site to 2 x other beekeepers too. 🤔
  8. Whats your explanation of the above photos?
  9. I think the oxy staples are ok for a spring/summer treatment and then go back to bayverol for autumn winter treatments, this is what we will be doing
  10. I spoke with a money person a few days ago who simply could not get their head around the idea that the average farmer would struggle to manage their own permanent pollination hives
  11. Kamakaze hives sounds like a really good way to reduce the national population very quickly.
  12. Hi there, I'm new to NZ Bees, so apologies if this is posted in the wrong section. We have an organic dairy farm in the Waipa District, Waikato. For the past three years we've had 5 - 10 hives on the farm and have extracted honey ourselves for sale direct to the public. We are about to have our first child and have made the decision to step back from a few projects for the next year, or so. This will give us time to get used to our new normal and hopefully not get too overwhelmed! We were wondering if anyone would be interested in running their bees on our farm with, or without our hiveware? No payment would be required, we'd just need some honey to sell in our shop. This need only be a small amount. Please get in touch if you're interested.
  13. Ive just been out and about It was great to see my big Oh Deed hive and do a mite count on it. Almost 3 yrs of 3 Oh Deeds per year of 20 paper laminates each time. Basically the Hive has swum in the stuff, possibly for longer than any hive in recorded history. One might expect a basket case This summer Honey and wax samples will be sent to a lab in Germany for residue tests. As it happens I removed a box mid winter when I strapped the hive up as stock were threatening it. Here are some pics. The photo of the brood is from another hive. I dont sift through photos looking for a good one. These two hives were the only two I opened today. In the photo with the Brood I was very disappointed to find 1 mite in 350 bees It ruined my perfect score so for this season
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  15. I heard today of a bit of a theory I didn’t much like the sound of. Pollination costs quite a bit . Hives are cheap at the moment . You put those two scenarios together and you’re going to get hives bought and maybe not managed 😳. This has happened before .......
  16. What I am seeing is different results in different situations . Synthetics are a really good way to lose hives here, and an expensive way . The two occasions I have used both of the mainstream ones have been extremely disappointing
  17. I know some people have had success with Oa/Gly over Winter, but I'm not so confident it is the best treatment for that time of year. To me at least Ox/Gly seems to work best when bee numbers are strong, and when it is applied outside the wet/damp Winter period. So anytime from Sept to April. I think Apivar is quite a good option over Winter given it is slow acting and lasts the longest out of all the treatments....and the hives get a break from the acid and more acid building up in the wax. Through this Spring I've been running OA/Gly staples and Bayverol (in separate hives not together) and both are doing a good job. I like Bayverol it has a quick knock-down and has always worked really well for me, but for my next couple of treatments and through Autumn I'll use Ox/Gly staples almost exclusively. It is hard to go past them for effectiveness and at about 1/3 of the cost of the other treatments...
  18. Thats exactly my observations too .
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  20. Very little brood. I have taken the staples out. Will check a couple today, 1 week without staples and see if there is a marked difference.
  21. The Southland Beekeeping Society are based in Invercargill. They have about 50 members. https://www.southlandbeesociety.co.nz/contact
  22. These 6 frame colonies.. how much brood do they have compared to how many staples they’re sharing a box with..? If they are clean of mites I would pull them out and let them come away and build up. I think we should be more aware of mite loads and treat accordingly.. if they are below the critical mass then treat them with an alternative until they have increased in mass.. and can once again handle the acid.
  23. my Observations In damp or hives under 6 frames of bees most of our queens are cowering in a corner as far away as she can get from the staples. Often away from the stores too, the hives seem a bit disorganised and very little brood is being raised. These hives are going backward in bee numbers, I’ve taken the remaining overwintering staples out and given them a feedbee Pattie and rearranged the brood and food. Strong hives have chewed out the staples or the queen has just layed right under them i wonder about the reaction between the oxalic and dampness, the damp strips seem to have a rotten egg smell to them.
  24. I suggest you use the dimensions on pages 28 to 31 in the book 'Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand. I made my first boxes over ten years ago out of Douglas fir, and used those measurements, and well painted, they are all still going strong. Ply will start to delaminate within very few years. It simply isn't true that people with very little experience in beekeeping can read some overseas stuff and improve on the knowledge of those with decades of experience and close observation to draw on, and earn their living beekeeping.
  25. Thank you, another new word. Imagine that causing a considerable collection of messy people - the type I have really only seen at the end of a long yacht race, with a raft of boats, and no-one driving home afterwards, but that was always dark rum.
  26. Since we over here have carnies seems as one oldie worker bee.. I saw some virgins, badly mated, but all seems slimmer than that worker bee..
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