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We are coping with temps over 30C and at least next week also.. Really dry and hot.. Bees strong ( too strong), not rarely with 10 frames of brood.. Now I can see starting of making honey arches.. The

The best pigs are always found on the neighbours place .... right. Contrary to many thoughts, ..... this little Whare did'nt cost a lot to build. I borrowed a book off my neighbour on log c

I thought you got yours later on  in the season james? We also don’t mix our own brew, they come ready to use.    We had a big learning curve in our year of staples.. from colonies blee

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been a busy day on the ranch .....  tha horses hooves needed a tong up ..... and the bee boxes needed a hot wax dip and a spruce up ...... all of which makes yah quite thirsty.

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Ah well .... you are obviously doing it wrong. I thinkt he secret is to multi task and keep an eye on two jobs with a  bottle of rum ..... it just seems to smooth out the the stress ....

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2 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

Dipping boxes is right at the top of my list of most hated beekeeping jobs 

It looks scary stuff to me .

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Is it too early to be putting in spring mite control in Auckland?

I go in for back surgery next week which puts me out of commission for the next 6 months.  I could get strips into my 4 hobby hives this weekend as a last act of defiance, but not much point if I am doing it too early and it puts the hives at risk later in the season.

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34 minutes ago, yesbut said:

If you don't do it for the next six months they'll be at risk too.

I do have a friend that will be helping out in the coming months with spring busyness, but I plan to check the hives tomorrow (weather dependent) so could put it in now, but that's a lot earlier than I would normally plan for.

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2 hours ago, Neville said:

Is it too early to be putting in spring mite control in Auckland?

I go in for back surgery next week which puts me out of commission for the next 6 months.  I could get strips into my 4 hobby hives this weekend as a last act of defiance, but not much point if I am doing it too early and it puts the hives at risk later in the season.

Do it 

 

Early is far better than late 😊

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1 minute ago, Neville said:

Apivar for spring treatment

 

Do it!

It stays 10 weeks in the hive and it kicks in slower so it makes sense to start it now.

Your friend can remove it in mid october and in november you will have a good hive for foraging. Meanwhile swarming control should be kept in mind too.

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3 hours ago, Apihappy said:

Dodging squalls today to walk the dog. Two clematis in full flower, that puts spring about four weeks early. 

Any plant that had  decided that spring had come early and acted accordingly is in for a nasty shock and big sulk .

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2 hours ago, kaihoka said:

Any plant that had  decided that spring had come early and acted accordingly is in for a nasty shock and big sulk .

 

The 'icy blast' for the Waitakeres was a temperate 14C. a bit damp today but the dam we walked to was 2/3 empty. Dry July. I'm really surprised that drought stress hasn't been included in the mix for Kauri dieback.

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Today I went out for my first round of the season
Looked in 100 Hives and tested the first one

The Hive I tested was last tested in April 2019 with a count of 0/400 but today shock horror it had a bloody Mite in a wash of 300 bees.

Gut wrenching stuff but it should pull through ok

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8 minutes ago, David Yanke said:

@Philbee The Staples can't take all the credit- there is  a LOT of Carnica in those mongrels of yours!!

of course and as well as that I'm an outstanding beekeeper lol.

it has occurred to me that my journey has been a difficult one for both myself and my Bees.

I've bred them in realative exclusion with minimal imports.

the base was from Dallas but Jared supplied carnies also.

my queens tend to be colored midway between black and gold.

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it is hard for small time beek to buy staples.

maybe if i got a group together it would worth while in number for phil to sell to amateurs

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3 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

it is hard for small time beek to buy staples.

maybe if i got a group together it would worth while in number for phil to sell to amateurs

This is why I don't bother with the things. I stick to the towels in various forms. Laid flat across the top of frames, rolled up flattened between frames, or shoved in the front door.

The goo is really simple to make & utilize.  just a pyrex bowl, set of digital scales, and a microwave. If Ovaboard was available in less than house size rolls I'd use that instead of towels.  I have tried re-purposing toilet roll centres, but they're just not big enough.

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5 hours ago, kaihoka said:

it is hard for small time beek to buy staples.

maybe if i got a group together it would worth while in number for phil to sell to amateurs

 

It doesn’t take that long to stitch a massive roll of Gib paper, then just cut off what you need and dump it in the bucket.

 

That said, the genuine item is pretty flash, and my single stitch pauper staple is looking very last season.

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