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I went on Friday for the day and it had some highs and lows The low was meeting an older  fellow Forum member who exclaimed "I pictured you as a young Man, not someone of my own vintage"  It

I've not gone near a hive or nuc for seven weeks, but thought it time to do some random site and hive checks.  The bees were in Winter mode although still active bringing in pollen.  Most of the hives

A year ago I opened the hives to the horror of seeing mites on bees , so I permanently binned synthetic strips.    I then embarked upon successfully halting the  decline and recovering them

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4 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Maybe you need to consider heading for Kohuhoku next season ? Then you might be able to buy one too !

where's kohuhoko  , and how much money do I need ?

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13 hours ago, yesbut said:

Maybe you need to consider heading for Kohuhoku next season ? Then you might be able to buy one too !

Took me quite a few seasons to get mine, had to muck around with a quad, ramps, trailor, tarps and double handling for a decade now I can load up with the forks and I'm away laughing when I get to the sites. The tipper trailot takes seconds. All I need now is a isuzuNp450 with a palfinger hiab but was a bit reluctant to tick up anything this year. 

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2 minutes ago, Adam O'Sullivan said:

I have noticed quite a few “large hobby” and small commercial set ups going on sale on Trade Me. Most of them say that they are moving. They are not going for a lot either, considering how much work has been put in building them up and expensive gear bought over the last 2 or 3 seasons.

I just want do down size a few hundred so I don't have to work all the time on unproductive sites then I can get my Api 2 and actually get paid for my hours. 

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15 minutes ago, yesbut said:

I've just crammed some oa cardboard in the front door of mine..

My impartial advice on that Pink Cat

Not a good idea because the OA/GL picks up lots of water which creates a damp environment and dilutes the OA.

The onl;y place in the hive that OA/GL can work properly over the full length of the treatment is within the Cluster where the moisture is controlled 

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I thought someone would complain 😄  . The full length of my cardboard in the front door treatment is about 10 days per  rotation (out with the old, in with the new)

I know probably less than optimal but I'm lazy and also think if I was a bee all tucked up in the parlour I'd be peeed off with a visitor..

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27 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Could be bad news if it's a an early dry spell.

 

The ground here is wet but its relatively dry for this time of year, I got into sites today I wouldn't have been getting into in April last year, no chance.  It's hard to know quite what the conditions will turn out like in Spring.

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8 hours ago, CraBee said:

 

The ground here is wet but its relatively dry for this time of year, I got into sites today I wouldn't have been getting into in April last year, no chance.  It's hard to know quite what the conditions will turn out like in Spring.

For me, I do lol

Wet, wet and more wet. 

Can't get into anything not metalled withought a quad or sxs

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10 hours ago, yesbut said:

Could be bad news if it's a an early dry spell.

Have you caught up on your annual rainfall yet.

We have had 389 mls so far  this yr.

Our normal annual rain fall is anywhere between 1200 and 1700mls .

We will need so pretty big nor easterly dumps to catch up .

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On 18/06/2019 at 3:38 PM, yesbut said:

Dunno. The place feels pretty wet.

Dry az in Northland, I seen a big top energy 4x4 11ton  driving up whats usually a quad track, and I drove into a bog site on the flats with 2wd. This has to be one of the dryest June's of my life, iv seen it this wet in april

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