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  1. 14 points
    Short on money, but I do have honey. 🙂 Here's a little good news story how a little honey can oil the wheels of industry. A few months back a truck arrived with 2 pallets of bee gear. The driver, a Fiji Indian, saw I did not have a fork lift and was pretty grumpy, thinking he would have to unload by hand. Told me right in my face he should not have to deliver to me, and he wasn't smiling. Anyhow the truck was on a slope and I've done all this before. Backed up the ute to the right place, gave the pallets a push and they slid right off onto the ute. Job done even faster than a fork would have. Driver cheers up a little. Then the main psychological trick, i got a jar of honey and a squeezy honeybear out of the ute and gave it too him. He cracked a big smile and said thanks, my kids will like this, everybody should be like you. Yes, he actually said that. So today a delivery arrives, same guy, with a buddy. I drive down, this time he is all smiles. He says, don't worry, we will unload. I back the ute up and they do the whole thing. I give them a jar of honey each, they are both smiling.
  2. 11 points
    i ran a little "backyard beekeeping" workshop today as a voluntary exercise for a little community project i support. Started by asking everyone why they were interested in beekeeping. That was interesting, not too much "save the bees", plenty of "bees seem really interesting", "honey sounds good", and "fruit tree pollination" type of answers. My immediate out-take from that was that i'd got lucky with the people attending. did a full hive inspection of a hive consisting of a brood box of undrawn frames, a queen excluder, and two fully full honey supers. One honey super was full depth, and one was 3/4. Zero bees in this made up hive Discussed the pros and cons of 3/4 vs full depth. Got everyone to try lifting full honey supers of each. Think i might have imposed some bias there... went through a lot of different gear, including passing around a variety of beesuits - from $10 junk from one-day through to decent stuff. spent a while lighting a smoker. Opened up a hive that i'd prepared yesterday (hence brood frame in top box) with people wearing various beesuits from the spectrum i'd shown earlier... Pulled out a frame of brood and a couple of frames of honey from the top box and passed them around. Extracted the two honey frames we'd just taken from the hive, plus a few more. Jarred up the resulting honey after discussing tutin etc, then everyone who wanted a jar took one = everyone. Loads of good questions by a bunch of onto it people. Think it went fairly well. Nice way to spend an afternoon.
  3. 10 points
    If only all town sections looked like this. I found this today on a lunchtime stroll through a new housing area. Its near an inlet so the sections are built up about 1.5 metres. This is looking up from street level. Every inch of this section that is not house or path is planted- front, back, sides- most very bee friendly. Such a contrast to the bark and a hebe or two gardens surrounding it. The air was full of insect life. Barely any ground was visible, every space was filled. Such a pleasure.
  4. 10 points
    A reality check for those with rose tinted memories. Here is the payout schedule of the NZHPCoop. Taking the reserve bank inflation calculator https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary-policy/inflation-calculator for the top line 0-9mm clover price (Cat 1) and calculating it for today's value using Quarter 2 in the relevant year you get the following values. 1995 $3.39 1996 $4.19 1997 $4.38 1998 $4.60 1999 $4.38 Points also needing consideration: The 0-9mm price was usually paid to very little honey (sometimes none at all, but a "price" was listed), most was in the 2,3 and 4 categories. Retentions of 20% held for 5 years were usual, at which point producers were encouraged to convert the retentions into shares. At times of high interest rates this presented a huge effect. And in the big crash in 1987 prices fell from $1.90 to $0.70 per kilo or $4.06 down to $1.50 in today's money. By comparison, we are in much better shape today.
  5. 9 points
    Kudos to the Police, I got a call from them to see if i owned some particular hives. Some homeless people have set up camp on land right next to my apiary, been there a year or so, they like the bees. For whatever reason which I don't know, the Police where there and saw my hives, so took the trouble to use the rego number to trace them back to me, and give me a call to see if I had put them there or if they had been stolen. I thanked them very much and told them i was impressed they had taken the time to do that. Great to see the Police aware of bee thefts and taking it seriously.
  6. 8 points
    With very little else to do for at least 4 weeks, I thought I might document my system for creating OG strips. I haven't read on the topic since last year, I hope what i do isn't out of date? But they have worked very successfully for me. I have created this method as a small hobbyist, which I hope that other beekeepers with only a few hives can get their head around and follow. I've taken some pics to help with the process. Firstly, i have my own crappy old sewing machine, pretty important. I use Proform Gib tape from Bunnings, 2 1/16 wide, $7 odd. There's lots of little tips that go along with the strips, so feel free to ask me questions. 1. I cut 3 x 600mm lengths. I lay them on top of each other and sew them down the centre. I go for 600mm as it's easy to handle/sew. 2. Fold the strip over, and sew as close as possible to the edge on the other side. You now have a strip that is is approx 27mm wide, and 6 layers of paper. 3. I cut them to 200mm long. I use FD frames, so this is a good length. Change the lengths if you use 3/4. 4. I have a standard Sistema click top tupperware style container - 235 L x 170 W. I put 60 of these strips in here. They are quite snug, but not tight. I mix 300g Glycerine with 200g Oxalic acid. I use a microwave to heat in 30 sec intervals, stirring well each time, until the acid has dissolved. Pour this evenly over the strips. After about 24hrs the mixture will be completely absorbed, and the strips will be tight in the container. They don't feel 'wet', it almost has a waxy feel. 6. My formula is in one of the pics - I do this because I will forget in a years time when I need more :). 6. I use a nail to put holes through the end of the strips. Then I put a toothpick through the end. 7. It hangs between the frames like this. I like this, because i feel the 'staples' that bend over push against the brood walls, whereas I have seen the queen lay on both sides of my strips, which are hanging. A good strong brood box would have 6 of these - this gives the box a 20g dose of Oxalic.. Hope this may be helpful some some other small scale beekeepers who want to experiment with this method of Varroa control. This is my own experimentation, and happy to receive constructive feedback.
  7. 8 points
    Today I went out to check on yesterday's graft and gauge the hit rate... and found a 'ball' of bees on the ground in front of the hive! I gave them a quick poke and found a queen, so got the phone out to see if I could film it. Not brilliant footage, but for an unpredictable event, not bad either!! (feel free to flick through...)
  8. 8 points
    All honey is capable of doing great things to the throat. I’m gonna start having a spoon a honey regular thru the day. It can’t do any harm and it potentially will do much good. I’m not short of the stuff. Reckon all us boomers should do the same! I’m gonna send parcels round the country to whanau tomorrow.
  9. 8 points
    Good points Chris, I've decided to change tack. After finding all those mites i worried about the other hives i treated with these strips, so last night made a bunch of new strips with 8 grams of OA per strip (250 strips with 2 kgs OA & 3 kg's Glycerine, 100% absorbtion so 8 grams acid per strip). Went out this morning and checked 2 of the sites, 64 hives total. They were treated on the 20th february which is 3 weeks ago. The hives that were treated with 3 gram strips, still had quite a few mites, plus had chewed out the strips, in some cases completely. So I've decided that 3 gram strips are a waste of time. The ones treated with 6 gram strips had chewed the strips somewhat, as per the pic. So chewing seems to be related to how much acid is in the strip, the more acid, the less chewing. These hives were much better on the mite count, the general vibe of the hives was good, I only washed 2 hives and was satisfied things are working, one hive 2 mites the other 3, I'm thinking that after 3 weeks of treatment that's fine, probably wouldn't have been any better with Apivar. Depending how much the strips have been chewed I have added from one, to four, of the 8 gram strips, per hive. I am happy things are moving the right direction so will not bother those hives again for a month, hopefully at that time the mite counts will be zero. What I can say thus far anyway, is I found no damage to the bees at all, caused by the OA. Be interesting to see how that aspect is in a months time. Nail on head Jamo, I realised that looking at the hives today. The hives today have a better bee population and have been interacting with the strips, chewing, and presumably walking on them. The sick as hive yesterday had no evidence of any bee activity on the strips they looked just like the day they went in. The bee population of that hive was sparse, and I think they have been avoiding the strips completely. They certainly were while I was looking at the hive. There has been comments from other people that you have to get the OA strips in before the hives are really bad, and perhaps that is the reason.
  10. 7 points
    Sounds pretty much like this:
  11. 7 points
    Something to consider is in a normal brood nest with perhaps 20 k bees there is a lot of bee to strip interaction regardless of what type of strip it is, bayvarol apistan ox/gly etc. Because the ox/gly strips have a somewhat repellent effect there is probably much less bee to strip interaction in a small sparcly populated brood nest. This in my opinion is a limitation with ox/gly strips and could be why a particular strip design/strength may not work in a small week hive but could be fine in a normal one. Probably not saying anything that you don't already know but considering the stories of hive losses from around the country after using various treatments there appears to be much to be learnt/shared yet. How many grams of solution have you got in your week strips vs your other strips? Ps a very pretty picture but glad it's not from one of my hives.
  12. 7 points
    I have a nice story about honey gifting. I used to work in a Council call centre and we would get calls from residents about bees that had swarmed and settled on their properties. We had a list of beekeepers that were interested in collecting them, who were happy for their numbers to be given out. (We also tipped the beekeepers off about bees on council land. We were supposed to log for the pest control contractor to deal with the council land swarms, but always tried to get the bees collected by a beekeeper in the first instance). One guy in particular was happy to attend even if the bees were still swarming, and often available when others on the list could not be reached. He was also the only one that turned up at council with jars of honey for us, to say thanks for getting in touch about swarms. We loved the idea that we were helping to save bees anyway, and he appreciated getting bees - that he put into nucs and shared with new beekeepers.
  13. 7 points
    MPI's manuka standards are complete and utter rubbish. I had some very good manuka last year with a high UMF and it was graded as non-manuka yet mix enough clover with it and it becomes multi floral manuka. Either clover is magical or MPI don't know what the talking about..Interestingly this honey came from plantation manuka with the plants sourced from Northland and they look completely different from our local plants. I know I have said it before but it bears repeating. I have seen some very good lines of manuka fail and I have seen even more lines that I wouldn't dream of calling manuka pass with flying colours. Still I only have 50 years experience with manuka so what would I know. New Zealand beekeepers brought MPI's standards on themselves but MPI could at least have got it right and now they could face up to their mistakes instead of trying to sweep it under the carpet and save face. The new standards haven't had that much effect on me but they have seriously hurt a lot of New Zealand beekeepers for no good reason and the inaction on this matter from the government is shameful.
  14. 7 points
    . Back to topic. Honey prices at our local store ......1kg Pams clover $19. 1/2 kg pot Budget clover $10.50 . We've had some really strong honey sales lately ..... to the roading crew rebuilding the highway at Glenroy. Main Man brings in the empty pots on a morning, drops them off filled the next day. . $12/kg. No charge for delivery.
  15. 6 points
    Measured by happiness😁 I'm not in debt and my family is happy plus I got my class 2 so no more lifting hives soon
  16. 6 points
    Well my circumstances just took a turn for the better, my crop which i thought was bush and unsaleable, but had 3 in 1 tested anyway, has turned out to have a good UMF and good DHA. Not just some of it, but the entire crop. Unfortunately, after the OA staples debacle this spring my crop this time is less than 1/2 what it was last year. But, got to wonder. Could that have something to do with the better UMF? Don't know. Anyhow, feeling a little better about life. 🙂
  17. 6 points
    In the North beekeepers have claimed for years to have manuka honey when there was probably some manuka in it and a whole lot of kanuka. If there is not enough 2-MAP but it is otherwise strong on the MPI markers, then chances are it is more kanuka. They can bleat on about 2-MAP being the problem but the problem is the type of honey they are collecting. The real problem beekeepers with actual manuka have is keeping the C4 level below 7 for the more active honey.
  18. 6 points
    If no joy with that, the other option is to put the queen in an introduction cage, make a nuc from one of the good hives, and introduce your queen to that. Don't have a queen cage? Here's an old beekeepers trick from way back, when every bee truck had a box of matches instead of a lighter. Tip the matches out of the box and put the queen in. Put 2 bees in with her if you are clever enough but if not, no worries. Open the box a tiny smidgen, enough for the queen to poke her tongue out. Put the matchbox between brood frames of the hive she is to be introduced to. The bees will get to know her, and chew the cardboard to let her out.
  19. 5 points
    any inside pics of this James ? hi no its all fresh as, well we have had a bit of luck, cleaned air filter out, not much dirt in it, shortened the fuel pipe a bit it had a slight kink in it, but noticed after it had been sitting a bit a dirty big air bubble appeared in the line, so chanced that bit the bullet put air cleaner and all on gave it a pull and started after 3 pulls which is about normal, little twink on the mix screw and all pretty good just need some wood to try it on now
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    DNA is a very stable molecule and you'd be surprised just how much of it is "floating" around. Labs doing routine DNA testing have to be very careful and pedantic with clean surfaces and equipment as it is super easy to contaminate things otherwise. Part of the issue for labs working with DNA is that many tests rely on amplifying (making many millions of copies of) particular bits of DNA, which makes cleanliness and sterilising super important.
  22. 5 points
    No need for an accountant to apply- its very simple. The business needs to supply their name, IRD number, business number (easily got from the companies office) and contact details. For each employee you supply Name, IRD number and date of birth. The company is then to endeavour to keep the employees on at 80%. heres where to apply for a company. The sole trader one is there too. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#null and the money is thru very quickly Stay safe folks
  23. 5 points
    Went back to the very badly mite infested hive today, 19 days after the oxalic strips went in. The bee population had reduced to 3 frames and pretty much all capped brood was dead. I did a mite count and it's running a bit over 100 mites from a 300 bee sample. So on the face of it the mites have not reduced, but considering the bees population has dropped a lot which would concentrate the mites, maybe the total mite population has dropped. Also have to consider that a lot of mites could be trapped in dead brood, so not really sure if the OA strips have had any effect on mite levels in this hive or not. But in anycase the hive would not survive, no point continuing with this hive, I decided they have suffered enough and have given them a frame of good brood with bees and some bayvarol. The pic shows the hive now with the frame of brood and bees added in the middle with a bayvarol strip each side of it. Of the other hives at the site most of them have lower mite numbers than 19 days ago although not as low as I hoped. I've put new OA strips in most of them, but a few hives, i think 5, I have called it quits and put bayvarol in. Although only one of them, other than the really bad hive, was bad enough to need new brood. I've marked the bayvaroled hives on the lid cos I won't bother opening them for a couple of months, but I'll continue to monitor the OA treated hives.
  24. 5 points
    Harvested one of the butternut weeds on the weekend. We might need these for winter vegetables as theres not a brassica plant to be found in the shops over the weekend. Not even seeds... The most bizarre times imaginable.
  25. 5 points
    I just pulled bayvarol out and Apitraz is out of stock until the 1-2 april, should be right Been in my zone this season, been a big year, I've just gotten on with work and this season I pulled more honey then ever before and it made me really look at where I am and how far I've come.
  26. 5 points
    Ha... we did better tha yebutt today... views were’nt as impressive. And we even found the Queen.
  27. 5 points
    I can share a little - Most of it you probably already know. The pandemic has effected sales and distribution into China but to date the rest of world has more than made up the difference in demand for Manuka. Demand into the USA and EU is significantly up and the web traffic researching Manuka has also lifted significantly from what we can monitor. Obviously we will now have to see how and if distribution into these areas will slow or stop as shut down measures and transport restrictions come into action. Domestically the tourist season is non existent so the usual annual spike in domestic travel retail Manuka sales will not transpire. Pharmacy sales are quite obviously strong which for us with PURITI is a boost.
  28. 5 points
    Not at all... we only just started! These are really classy drums. A big thank you to Jason in persevering to get us to buy them .... a quality product in some pretty sharp packaging.
  29. 5 points
    Yesterday I found another afb hive. Also found one late spring. The one before that was over 16 years ago. Both recent finds have only been 1 cell each. It would appear that now is the time to be vidgalent.
  30. 5 points
    At the very least- read the summary. Its worth reading most of the posts as it gives an idea of the development and the changes that happened over the course of time. This is in my opinion still an unproven and experimental treatment and until there are consistent results and understanding of what causes the failures and what contributes to the success, i believe as much information as you can possibly get is the wiser course of action. Within the thread is a calculator for quantities....on page 64. My notes refer to P47 & 48 as having good info re proportions and quantities. Do you just read the cover of a book? or the precis on the back?
  31. 5 points
    The West Coast is 15 km from my property, the Manukau Harbour is within 3 km (Tahiki River), 5 km to Clarks Beach. Whenever there is a good westerly blow we get a layer of salt on everything. I am not surprised that bees will collect salt especially from surface water supplies.
  32. 5 points
    I have seen plenty of blackberry honeydew over the years and it's always very dark and relatively easy to extract. Dry honey can be a problem and what you generally see is the honey from the centre of the cell coming out with a lot left on the cell walls. Forget the 3 km. I have on rare occasion seen bees working honey that could only have come from 5 miles away. I have also seen manuka turn up in apiarys when they have produced nothing but clover for 20 years and were a huge distance from any manuka plants. Bees can do some strange and amazing things at times.
  33. 5 points
    You don’t need to blend multiple sources of “ Manuka” honey to achieve MPI standard because if it’s deemed to be Manuka in the initial testing then it’s already achieved the standard. Blending a mono with a non Manuka is not adulteration it’s blending to meet a standard. many non and multi Manuka honeys are failing on one point and that for a lot of people is 2MAP. blending a high 2MAP with a low 2MAP to get it over the line makes perfect sense. It needs to be remembered that the current standard is something that has been put together by PEOPLE . the original standard they brought out had a 2MAP minimum of 1 for mono PEOPLE changed it to a 2MAP minimum of 5 meaning a whole heap of beekeepers are looking at having to blend to make standard. We hear beekeepers on here saying any standard is better than no standard and I bet you one of my worthless beehives those people are sitting comfortable on their drums of mono and don’t give a fig for others who produce Manuka honey that doesn’t fit the standard some boffins in an office paid came up with.
  34. 5 points
    Here's a bit of free advice for you and every beekeeper producing honey at the moment (and you know what they say about free advice, its worth exactly what you had to pay for it, nothing) but here goes. Just because you produce honey that doesn't mean that someone has to buy it. Just because you have tons of honey in drums in the shed, doesn't mean there will be a market for it latter on. If you can hold on to the farm/homestead/and keep banks at bay by other means then go for it. At some point you may have to make the decision to put a halt to proceedings and stop incurring cost's, but better to do that on your terms and not the banks. Bees can look after them selves with a little help from us until things turn around or at least get better than where we are at the moment. All the best with your extraction and hope it pays dividends for you.
  35. 5 points
    To me, OA /GL strips are only worth doing if a way can be found to do one treatment spring, one treatment autumn, and that's it job done. Because if multiple treatments are required each time or through the year, there is not a cost advantage against the synthetics. And if the extra time to do extra treatments is factored in, probably negative. And after that, the risk to the bees, which does not exist to much extent with synthetics. However a very good reason for pursuing the use of OA, is just that it's another treatment, a safety net against some other treatment failing, it's another option. That may outway any cost disadvantage.
  36. 5 points
    $2.85 was not a price you would have received for North Island honey from the Coop in 1999. For North Island suppliers, grades 3, 4, 7 and 10 was more the norm - $2.70, $2.45, $2.30 and $2.45 respectively. Average $2.48 per kilo. And then you only got 80% of that paid out over that year so $1.98 - the rest 5 years later - if you chose to not support the requests for further capital. Bottom line, $3.04 in today's money. And way better than $1.50 in the 1987 crash. But the 1987 crash was caused by the World market taking a huge correction as the USA dumped 100,000 tonnes (their total annual crop back then) onto the World market at US$0.39 cents per pound down from their US$0.67 per lb subsidy loan scheme price. Today our low prices are a reflection of a slightly reduced World price and our internal manuka bubble aftermath. Until the large surpluses of bulk honey start to move to the export market, there will be no significant improvement. As of the January export statistics, more than 87% of our honey exports are still being sold as manuka. If you're in it for the long haul, you can expect the World market to rise again to around $4-$5 returns. In the mean time honey that is in storage is aging, much "tempered" manuka honey has higher (and increasing) levels of HMF and there is no traditional market for these products against which advice based on history can be offered. We're in uncharted territory.
  37. 5 points
    The catch is, the price is like a leaky boat. The hole starts small and grows. Beekeepers fold and take the low price which then sets the price. So .... get a part time job to tide you through ..... and Hold the Line.
  38. 4 points
    I think Alistair was testing what level of low dosage he could get away with, the dose he used probably too low, I don't think the recovery plan was as important as giving the testing a chance...
  39. 4 points
    At what point in the year do fold these ones up, and concentrate on the full hives that will happily make it through the winter and be able to be split in the spring. There's a big difference between a young 3 frame expanding nuc, and a three frame old dwindling compromised hive. Sometimes less is best.
  40. 4 points
    I think some people have a weak constitution. I average 5 strong cafe style coffees a day and often have one before going to bed. I never have an issue going to sleep. The key to that is to work hard and play hard. My wife can’t believe that I can be snoring and in a deep sleep within 10 minutes of my head hitting the pillow😆
  41. 4 points
    In light of the current economic climate.... this shed has become an infrastructure project. Finance has agreed to and approved the budget blowout.
  42. 4 points
    one of the simple issues is that we make more honey than we could possibly ever sell locally. any decent local market that has good sales typically has beeks fighting over spots in it to sell. really if your going to do any decent quantity its going to be overseas and thats a whole different ball game. i used to sell at the market many years ago, one of the other issues is it another working day to fit into your week. to do more volume you need to sell at different markets, then when do you fit the bee work in? you really need to have someone else do it, then they need paying, then you need to run more hives to pay for it, and it can snowball.
  43. 4 points
    I don't have a problem with the Big Cross. It just says that the person giving the post disagrees with you. Heck, it would be a very boring life if everyone agreed with everyone else. We might even have peace and love in the world. Now that last sentence should be able to generate a heap of Big Crosses. Pretty please.
  44. 4 points
    I stack dark boxes outside on pallets on top of a propolis mat (at least they are good for something..) and put a lid on the top. I've played with formic treating them but anything to do with formic is no fun to deal with. Separately, I put out cells on 27/2 and went through some mating nucs today. In four of the first six I looked at the recent Virgin was showing mating sign. I've never seen so many like that before. And today is only Day 9, that is about as early as I remember for having Queens mated.
  45. 4 points
    I’ve used only 40% ox staples for the past 3 seasons, originally straight down the middle but evolved to frame 2,4,6,8 or 3,5,7,9 at alternate ends and usually about 1.5 staple widths in (wides) because we found they split the brood nest in half in most hives. I like them sitting on the edge of the brood over the pollen band. last season the bees were ferocious at chewing them out hence Phil’s edge protection design which slowed them down really well. This season was a great flow here compared to last yr and the bees have barely touched them at all. My first treatment goes in end of July/early Aug and some hives do lose some population but only maybe 5-10%, this season was barely 3% but quickly bounce back. Colony size for me can be 2-3 boxes of bees at this time. Manuka harvest is early Jan , treatment in and then another treatment in mid feb as summer bees are dropping off, I will place a fresh treatment mid -late April and shut them up til July.
  46. 4 points
    Unfortunately the PC brigade got involved and increased the bureaucratic costs way out of proportion
  47. 4 points
    Good answer. Just to add to it, years ago when OA / GL soaked towels were first being researched most of the work was done by an American researcher and commercial beekeeper, Randy Oliver. At first no water was added. Then for some reason which i don't remember, Randy experimented with adding some water. I think it was something to do with the rate that the OA can break down, but not 100% sure on that. Then Randy decided there were more cons than pros with adding water so went back to a non water solution. It was about that time that NZ followers of Randy started discussing OA mix here on NZBees. The full answers to all these questions will be in the writings of Randy Oliver but it goes back years and there is a lot to trawl through. Not for me I'm sorry, but if you are keen enough, you will find Randy's writings very interesting. . Been out this morning and finally found what I've been looking for, a sorry little hive in a very bad way with a heavy mite infestation, for me to experiment on. As shown in the pic, bees with malformed wings, and PMS. Without treatment this hive would not have long to live at all. . Did a mite count, get a different answer every time i count them 😮, but it's within cooey of 70 mites from a 300 bee sample. . So i wanted such a hive because it will be a great test of my low dose oxalic strips with only 6 grams per strip. Have installed the strips as per the pic, will be interesting to check this hive in a month or so and see if it has cleaned up at all. If it has, will be a great result for low dose strips. . All the hives at this site have a reasonably high mite level, so some of them i have also treated with ultra low dose strips, 3 grams per strip. This may be pushing my luck but will be good to test the limits, and know what can be done and what cannot be done. These hives will also get looked at and reported back on in around a month. My gut feel is the dose will be too low and the hives will have suiffered, but it will be good to find out for sure.
  48. 4 points
    We've been splitting and requeening too. Good amount of brood but very little pollen being stored. Only 1 site with varroa issues so far. Best of all I did 37 Grafts and got 34 cells. Stoked with that.
  49. 4 points
    For some time there has been reaction against any new cellphone technology, and one of the arguments used is that cellphone towers and cellphones hurt bees. However few beekeepers have ever taken this seriously because it's always been hearsay, there has never been proper scientific based evidence. But references to this youtube presentation have been flicking up in my feed. Its not a bee video it's about the badness of cellphones in general, but starting at 45.38, the presenter claims that if you put a cellphone in a beehive for 10 minutes every day for 10 days, after that the bees will not return to the hive. This sounds like the usual stuff we have been hearing for years, but this time it is backed by a scientific study, proving it. I'm guessing that if I am getting this in my feeds, likely other people are also. So have to mention that the scientific study that these claims are based on, has fatal flaws and has been retracted. Here is the link to it. https://academicjournals.org/journal/JEN/article-full-text-pdf/DF0005361486 Unfortunately, the youtube video will continue to be circulated by those with certain beliefs, and the fact that the claims related to bees are based on a study that has been retracted will probably for the most part go undetected However I'm saying it here, just so our own beekeeping community is wised up.
  50. 4 points
    I pushed like however it's the stonework I like not the fact you have to take the extra work on.
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