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1 hour ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

(Dr) Speights. That is our local (NZ) poison.  Even worse that Guinness.

It’s Southern poison 

 

There are more palatable options the further North you go 😉

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On 27/09/2019 at 11:01 PM, Dennis Crowley said:

We have tried once, seem to make the bees angry, but not sure why as it was a small yard and all hives got a "smoke"so didn't see any difference from hives not having a "smoke" 

and no I wasn't "smoking"it either we just happen to find a small plant near this site.

The last time i did have a "smoke"i was with my brother and we were driving thru Hamilton's Main st thinking we should slow down so we don't get a ticket, then i noticed people were walking faster than us.

 

 

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On 28/09/2019 at 8:38 AM, kaihoka said:

Does the type of smoke and whats being burnt make any difference to the bees behaviour ?

Yes. If you put penny royal hay in the smoker you'd be better off just kicking the hive over. Whereas if you use dried lavender flowers the bees are very calm. I use hay with a preference to clover with some eye grass. Kikuyu is hard to light. Old weathered sacking is ok. Dont use fresh unwashed socks as they sometimes have pesticides on them from their past life. 

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3 hours ago, Mike Fox said:

unwashed socks as t

Do you mean Sacks.

 

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On 8/10/2019 at 1:22 PM, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Do you mean Sacks.

 

Yes. I do mean sacks.  Sorry. Damned phone changed it

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25 minutes ago, Mike Fox said:

Yes. I do mean sacks.  Sorry. Damned phone changed it

At least you were talking about fresh unwashed socks.

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