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August 2019 Apiary Diary

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10 minutes ago, jamesc said:

looks like pretty standard for senior management ..... hands in pockets !

No skipping lunch either. Of course management found a few other last minute things that had to be done right now during my lunchbreak.

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1 hour ago, David Yanke said:

I was only sounding a note of caution.  I think you have done a great job further developing this new delivery system for OA which appears to be a cheap, effective varroa management tool, and as you say this  system could be used to deliver other Varroa Killers. Good on ya. I certainly wasn't trying to stop people using it to manage varroa, just flashing a warning about using it exclusively.  For decades OA has been used to managed Varroa with no solid evidence of mite resistance, but, until recently, it was always used in a Shock and Awe treatment of Broodless Colonies(either natural or induced broodlessness) with an OA syrup dribble  or spray with treatment being repeated  twice at the most because of the toxicity to Bees, and then no more OA until the same time next season.  Now what you are doing is totally different, and the risk of mite resistance is very much higher.  

Im serious

Someone needs to develop something else to put in Staples.
I can make millions of them for anyone who wants to develop another active ingredient.

 

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Normal tires off, extreme mudders on. 

I'm starting to get my payed bush sites back home, if they can't accept honey as payment I'm gone

Just now, Maru Hoani said:

Normal tires off, extreme mudders on. 

I'm starting to get my payed bush sites back home, if they can't accept honey as payment I'm gone

 

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Results from todays sugar shake

I am confused🤥

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2 hours ago, jamesc said:

Results from todays sugar shake

I am confused🤥

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What are we looking at here ?

 

Two shakes is not enough to form a pattern , and why are they three days apart ?

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Posted (edited)

 Well its obvious really...

Whats happened is you had so many mites crammed into one hive they decided to swarm out and move into another hive.

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PPST

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3 minutes ago, yesbut said:

PPST

piss poor sugarshake technique ?

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4 minutes ago, yesbut said:

PPST

Translated in to English means ....?

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To get that last result something is not right ? Have another go with meths ?

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What are you looking at here ...... mite counts. The first date is when we opened the hives and did a sugar shake to see what was going on.  

The mites were in party mode, that's what was going on.

So we whacked them with some O/A staples.

I went back today to re test to get a handle on how many were left standing after the party.

 

In one hive there were more survivors than when the party started.

In  the second hive the party mites had crashed and were sleeping off the effects.

1 minute ago, yesbut said:

To get that last result something is not right ? Have another go with meths ?

Meths ......  life is pretty grim when I can only offer Meths to the party goers.

But yes .... the sugar shake probably has too many inconsistencies ..... but at this time of year every live bee is a good bee .... right.

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For general info , sugar shaking is very accurate .......

 

but it you have to be consistent . 

 

Measure the cupful of bees very time .

Roll  then rest , for a good couple of minutes before shaking. Let the bees heat up in the shaker. 

 

Fresh nectar  and wet icing sugar interferes with the results. The mites will stay stuck on the bees 

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I'll tell ya what though,  the Speights tastes a heck of a lot better than meths  ...... 

And it gets me thinking ..... and it goes something like this .....

 

The BeeMan is a special breed ,

He 'aint filled by avarice and greed

Them little critters teach him a thing or two

About patience and team work

Resilience and can do

Even when you're up to yer neck in the poo.

 

Next verse please .

OK . Second verse.

 

'Crikey mate,

It's only Monday and you done half a crate,

Life is gone to the dogs, an looks like you is in deep  ####

No worries mate, crate 

Reckon I can handle it.

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The beehaver is from different seed

he'll take what's yours and let you bleed

bees can't teach of health and honey

if all you know is spending money.

At least when deeply in the poo

he knows exactly what to do

he'll take from me

and lend from you.

 

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Rhyming couplets
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Posted (edited)

Nice.

The second verse is edited and runs like this ....

 

'Crikey mate,

It's only monday an you done half a crate,

The missus is gone with the dogs an looks like you is in deep ####

No worries mate, crate,

Reckon you can handle it.'

Third verse please.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, jamesc said:

What are you looking at here ...... mite counts. The first date is when we opened the hives and did a sugar shake to see what was going on.  

The mites were in party mode, that's what was going on.

So we whacked them with some O/A staples.

I went back today to re test to get a handle on how many were left standing after the party.

 

In one hive there were more survivors than when the party started.

 

Them shake dates look like they been doctored...

doctor speights got himself a vivid..? 

I’m gonna suggest we build a wall..

3km high that stretches the perimeter of the shady gully them beesies are housed in.. I got my mite counts down nice n low and don’t feel too welcoming towards any freeloaders hitching a ride to my golden gully.... 

 

 

crackin me lids in the warm August sun, 

Me bees are clean the mite slayins done, 

then in rolls Stella and her horses 500, 

Hive loads of mites the beesies outnumbered, 

jamesc at the wheel he’s grinnin real wide, 

“I found a few hives I thought they all died”, 

There’s no holding back when he’s drinking the brew, 

look out quick or he may visit you.. 

 

Copyright  StOnEY  2019 

🤪

 

 

 

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Aah, I always knew you were a poet Stoney...

 

Ok ... verse four.

Oh to be a Happy Bee,

Flying for Gowanlea

Directed by jimmy c.💋

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1 hour ago, M4tt said:

For general info , sugar shaking is very accurate .......

 

but it you have to be consistent . 

 

Measure the cupful of bees very time .

Roll  then rest , for a good couple of minutes before shaking. Let the bees heat up in the shaker. 

 

Fresh nectar  and wet icing sugar interferes with the results. The mites will stay stuck on the bees 

Sorry Matt sugar shake has been found to be less effective than alcohol wash.

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Aaah cmon Dennis.. were in the middle of a “ poem a thon” and your comment definitely doesn’t rhyme.. 

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3 minutes ago, Dennis Crowley said:

Sorry Matt sugar shake has been found to be less effective than alcohol wash.

You are correct 😊

Just now, Stoney said:

Aaah cmon Dennis.. were in the middle of a “ poem a thon” and your comment definitely doesn’t rhyme.. 

As are you , I bet ....

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Posted (edited)

Ok .

Verse five.

 

'Oh bgr,

Mama's back,

I'm doin a rnr

Crates done

looks like we is  in for some fun.

😍

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2 minutes ago, M4tt said:

 

Sorry Matt, not a poet and I know it.

 

Sorry Matt heres a fact,

Alcohol I would back.

Hives to keep,

From going to sleep.

As spring is here,

And strips to dear.

Keep mites at bay,

On this sunny day.

Will try with beer,

When i'm next there.

Speights will choose,

Who will lose.

Mites or hive,

To stay alive.

But as for me on this night,

Honey whiskey is in my site.

 

 

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Crikey Dennis ,

We need to hear more from you !!

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Good gosh you guys 

Have come alive 

Who would have thought 

You’d be so bored 

To be amused by 

Each other’s lies 

This winters night

While Jamesc’s missus is out of site 

He’s home getting plastered 

Lucky b.....d 

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