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  2. Peter M

    Air bubbles in thixotropic Manuka

    In the past I have used a 1.5 litre bath type sonicator to remove bubbles from viscous solutions (sugar, glycerol etc), but only in containers up to about 1 litre. Its quick and fun - a clear zone first appears at the bottom of the liquid and the zone quickly expands upwards. Heating is not a problem. Mine came from https://www.bransonic.com/ There are some interesting options on aliexpress This website shows a continuous flow device that might be practical for honey processing, but it uses what looks like an expensive high tech probe sonicator http://blog.sonomechanics.com/blog/ultrasonic-degassing-of-viscous-liquids (and I thought this was the time of year when beekeepers were flat out ...)
  3. Trevor Gillbanks

    Mr

    Sounds like wasps. Any chance of photos.
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  5. valcyk.s

    Artificial Insemination training

    Hello colleagues beekeepers, sorry, that is not the topic. I did not find an open topic on artificial insemination, I see you are interested in this. I am a beekeeper from Ukraine, replacing insemination and growing queens, for the season I produce about 1000 queens of breed bakfast. - We have adjusted our production equipment using 3D printing technology. Want to share with you, maybe someone will be interested Insemination instrument of Bee Queen https://www.ebay.com/itm/79142-Insemination-instrument-of-Bee-Queen-made-on-a-3d-printer-/202569994984?oid=202543623609
  6. yesbut

    What are bees foraging on at present

    He's gone mad since he learnt to post pics off his phone
  7. jamesc

    What are bees foraging on at present

    Ok.... last rock photo
  8. Markypoo

    NZBF Bees shifting pollen

    Yeah. Going to check for cells in a day or two.
  9. jamesc

    Are you a member of APINZ?

    $10/kg is not crazy good ..... it's a price we need to run a viable business, so would everyone please stop talking the price down. At $3.40/kg we are better off to run a smaller bee operation and become packers buying in as we need it.
  10. kaihoka

    NZBF Bees shifting pollen

    @Markypoo when I put the queen above the excluder then shifted her back the bees above the excluder thought they were queenless and made lots of queen cells . I retrospect iI should have swapped boxes around or taken brood back into lower box with queen .
  11. Simon Jenkin

    Mr

  12. cBank

    Advice please

    I can’t see it if it’s mentioned, but what is the varroa count? Early in the season I had a bad laying pattern, sacbrood and dwv and sugar shakes were getting 11 and 12 per cup of bees. It took the full course of apivar for it to go down to zero (shaken twice, the. Shaken twice a week later). The sacbrrod cleared up with the treatment and new, clean comb. However the key step I took was listening to the more experienced beekeepers here for once.
  13. Guest

    Mr

    There is a new hive in the retaining wall of the Taumata reserve in Sandringham. Corner of Taumata road and Duncan Ave. If it is left there some kid will get stung and the council will most likely just kill it. If someone has the ability it might be an idea to try and save it.
  14. Gino de Graaf

    Are you a member of APINZ?

    If a commodity levy does add value to our non-manuka- then I could accept 2.5% from $4 a kilo. It must show positive results. If not, go away. It's a honey levy, so in my mind primarily support/promote the honey sales for commercial producers. Every business is different. For us pollination service is core- by the time I have worked through a heavy workload I don't feel like driving a zillion miles to far of lands chasing manuka (and paying for the privilege). Plenty do, though they have staff and take higher risks. We travel a lot less, relax and bees eat pasture. My Canadian friend said he got CAN$1.60 a pound - so about NZ$3.20-3.40 a kilo. And he produces a lot- last season 375 pounds a hive. It all goes to a huge co-op in Edmonton. The co-op provide the drums and cover half the transport for full drums. The Co-op works very well there. Lets face it, $10 a kilo for pasture was crazy good, I am curious about total crop size this year. Pretty average I have heard so far. And considering that 'brood' seconds not supposed to be harvested, the manuka standards and the lack of desire for pasture/bush (hives not used in these, more honey left on hives) it could end up being another poor harvest season.
  15. frazzledfozzle

    Are you a member of APINZ?

    Id like to know how some beekeepers are feeling about the collapse of prices for non Manuka honey and probably thousands of tonne of slow selling Bush blend sitting in sheds countrywide how’s everyone feeling about handing over 10c kg in commodity levies exactly the same amount as the beekeeper up the road that’s having no problem selling honey and getting a very good kg price as well.
  16. john berry

    Nick Wallingford - The Way We Used to Bee

    Send me an email and let me know what you want me to do. Not a problem. Don't try and phone as the landline has died and we have all but given up hope on someone making it work again.
  17. john berry

    Hive monitoring systems

    Books don't need batteries and taking a look is the best way to monitor. All my records are on an apiary level and only include vital information using a lot of abbreviations. Time taken to fill in book would normally be less than 30 seconds.
  18. john berry

    NZBF Bees shifting pollen

    Being lazy by nature I leave any cleaning up that can be done by the bees to the bees. Old-time beekeepers (yes I know I'm getting pretty close ) often talked about hives being pollen bound but I only see this when something is wrong with the Queen. Storing pollen is natural and useful and they can go from surplus to deficit in a remarkably short time. Put the Queen back where she is supposed to be and they will make space for her to lay.
  19. tommy dave

    January 2019 Apiary Diary

    Extracted a couple of boxes of honey. Didn't feel like extracting any more so left it on the hives for now. Put the wets back on the small stack
  20. M4tt

    NZBF Bees shifting pollen

    I'd put new frames in . I don't know if bees move pollen, I doubt it, but only remove it to feed to grubs. With a big stash like that , there will be far more than they immediately need and it will hinder the brood area. What you have observed is exactly what happens when there is no queen in the bottom box. They fill it with pollen
  21. I don't think I have ever seen the tiny air bubbles come out of the Manuka once it's there in the jar. Sadly it can look like a foreign matter mixed through to those that do not know.
  22. Gabor

    Hive monitoring systems

    somebody is making tons of money(?) out of $4 microcontrollers and $3 sensors... ok, also needs a bit of coding. How beekeepers are coping without these things for hundreds of years I wonder. Most commercials are not living close to their sites, what would they do when they see the temp has dropped 0.1deg at the brood chamber? Or humidity changes a percent or two... Having a lot of data doesn't mean you have information. They should put tiny cameras into the hives and one can check from home it is still dark inside the hive...
  23. I placed a queen excluder on a hive around xmas time. Somehow I ended up with the queen on the wrong side so have brood all through the honey supers. She's marked so wasn't a supercedure or anything like that. I moved her downstairs today. Just a bit worried about brood space. It seemed to have a lot of pollen stored. Pretty much packed. I popped in two drawn frames with about 30% pollen I was keeping for an experiment. Will this be enough space and will the bees move the stored pollen above the excluder to create space? or should a put a few new frames in? I don't have any drawn ones but a couple with foundation.
  24. jamesc

    What are bees foraging on at present

    How much would it weigh... looks like sandstone
  25. Philbee

    Making Movies

    All the ingredients are there for a really good yarn Would make shooting alligators and making duck callers look very average Every good western needs a villain or two, its a winner for sure
  26. Philbee

    What are bees foraging on at present

    We got heaps like that one up here
  27. jamesc

    Making Movies

    Manuka wars.... the chinese backed corporates riding shotgun over start up newbee couzy Bro in Rua with a chiller full of Greenies for breakie and Big Moko Man who is ‘as sweet as’ with a smoky greenie for lunch. Mean while,further north it’s hot and sweaty but they is all smiles pulling off the ‘gold’. 1200ks south someone tells Stoney he’s lost an axle on his trailer, but it only had two anyway, and JC is up before the judge for boundary riding. And at the end of the day the camera pans to a Hong Kong parlour where the owner has bought a dozen jars of the Otira Hotels Rata honey on the recommendation that it puts lead in the pencil.
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