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  1. 5 points
    In the instructions I show a small strip of carboard in a 'V' that plugs the gap and is a two second job to make at no cost..or Plug it with a $2 frame? If your getting great $$ for the nuc a $2 plug is a pretty cheap option? The other benefit of inserting a spare frame is there is more volume for the bees to expand into if the bees get stressed while traveling plus location to store honey if the new owners don't get to it quickly...or sell it with an internal feeder and recover the cost in the sale? The new box design now have seam sealed edges for insulation and are able to be clipped together to stop them tipping over plus have rotating queen excluders in the base...will need to get a video together to explain the excluders as some of the larger commercial guys helped me develop the nucs to make two nucs from a hive with very little effort.... I test all my products pretty vigorously and in real world commercial beekeeping terms and like to see where the failures are coming from before customers do so I can rectify issues before I make new runs of product....hence I am onto version 5 of the nuc box now...To date I have run the same 200+ nuc boxes for 3 years now and apart from the odd Velcro dot falling off and split end where I forced a frame out using the side of the box rather than prying off the frame and they are still looking good and have a few more years in them so interested to know what has gone wrong? As all beekeepers do things differently i need feedback to improve and if I don't get feedback I cant fix it. Appreciate your help The new boxes have a few more options that I need to explain in a video...
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    *BRAINWAVE* Frazz, I'm gonna scrap going to conference this year and just spend the grand coming down to spend a week following you and your fella around instead.
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    Thanks Trevor, Does make you wonder why the paperwork of ADR COI and Levy aren't co-ordinated all around the same time. They've managed 2 out of 3. For a first year beekeeper the ADR does makes you think that you need to get your bees inspected now , which I have just done ! Oh well, I thought my hives were healthy but at least I know 100% now and ready to get through the winter.
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    Hi All, With regards to the 'too tight' issue I am happy to report my new box design has arrived and we have increased the strength by 50%, end length by 5mm and made it much wider so it can no fit 6 frames (at a push!) or 4 frames and a 55mm wide 3.5 litre internal feeder! Will explain with pictures soon. Cheers
  6. 1 point
    Dave Wrathall from Ecrotech mentioned this problem to me recently. It was their first attempt at spraying wax and they used too fine a nozzle which caused the beaded wax coating you describe. They have now changed their nozzles and are turning out a very good product. I'm sure if you raised the issue with Dave he would come to the party in some way.
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    Dealing with stock (queens/bees) or crops (honey, pollen etc) there is often variation between seasons or even during seasons. Partly with queens at least this can be missed, on a rare occasion, because the queen and laying is doing what it should be on dispatch. I'd assume you would do your testing on honey, keep your records and dispatch accordingly....so you have checked what you are dispatching before you send it...how is this easier to do than a standardized product coming from a factory to check??? Anyway, forget I started the thread...you try and give people a heads up....spend your money how you see fit. I've only been commercially beekeeping and queen breeding for 10+ years, what would I know. :-) Think I'll stick to working on my business rather than discussing this further tbh.
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    no problem with honey flow. you tend to get 1/2 to 1 extra box of honey because its no longer trapped under the excluder. its common up north due to first flow being manuka. you do not want to loose your big $$$ honey to the bees. whats often done is run double brood up until honey flow is about to start, then drop it down to a single brood. also a good time to lift up poor brood frames and put replacements in. that way with honey flow on they can draw out the new brood comb and use it. but if say manuka is later and they get cheap honey first, you can run doubles, let them fill brood with the cheap honey. then when rain comes etc they tend to eat out the cheap honey rather than the manuka stored in the supers. there is lots of different ways that you can fine tune to suit your aera. also as beekeeping is so variable, it pays to know different ways to do things, as each season is different it may require different methods. look at what the bees/weather are doing and adapt to suit.
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    I bought some pre-waxed frames from Beetek last year - the finish was a very dry powdering one - I gave the frames a light zap with a heat gun to melt the wax deeper onto the frame, so a bit more like a speed brush finish, and the result was fine…bees happy.
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    Will do it now.
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    We run double brood boxs until swarm season when we split the double into two singles and introduce either queen cell or mated queen. We leave them as singles through the honey flow because we get more honey from singles. Then either leave as singles if wanting to increase next year or recombine by killing the older queen and leaving the introduced queen. .
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    Absolutely, In fact this forum is full of useful information on getting the best out of our beekeeping equipment & informing about products to avoid because they don't work as well as they should. I base a lot of my beekeeping spending on the information I get off here. I also think it is good to let the company know that products purchased from them don't work as expected. They may not be able to remedy the situation but at least will be given the opportunity to fix future shipments. If it was ecrotek then the product can be reviewed on the website
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    Yep. .what frazz says....getting frames back to Auckland from Nelson is a big issue let alone getting them back from the hives dotted all round the countryside. The issue was not that they weren't fully coated, just that the coating was not effective, which is why I'm sure it's a system issue. I'm certainly not trying to besmirch their company, just saying I would recommend people to wax their own plastic frames. I'll still be buying from them, just not this product. If you are putting a product into a market surely it's on you to check that it works first? Especially when the product is going to be dotted all round the countryside. I agree that company's should be given the chance to remedy the issue. in my case a combination of needing the frames out, being very busy, and having staff and wax available meant the need of the production over ruled the need for compensation. As with most posts on this site I am trying to impart knowledge/experience to prevent others from making the same mistake and/or at least going in with eyes open.
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