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    heres another, good spot to stop for a coffee break
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    i would convert to 3/4 brood boxes and use 3/4 supers. running different sized brood and supers is a major pain in the rear. this is something i suffer with every year and have a great deal of experience with. make it easy on yourself and stick to one size.
  4. 3 points
    Gum or grape juice.
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    I have only even brought new gear the risk of getting afb is not worth it for me. It is interesting how many companies are buying to tack on to there existing portfolios. Makes sense if the bees make a loss in a particular year just write it off against other profitable income. Given the scope of wild swings in production/prices this makes sense. There is no doubt there will high numbers of bees for sale and the price will reflect that. Will there be any demand? Time will tell. Comparing to cows the price can vary between $1200 to $3500 based on how the economics of dairy is going. Bee will be similar. I would not be surprised to see nucs go for $150 come spring. Even then they may not sell. It all comes down to people abiity to sell honey at reasonable prices. And by the sounds of things that is not happening.
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    Some hives that have had the Scott towels
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    thats why its called "beekeepers back". yes and no. good commercial may not screw up as much but running lots of hive means screw ups happen. its possible to run two different sizes. but imho you will either be a PPBK or a very well organized one. most people that i see running both sizes are beginners. it doesn't help that in some circles they say the best brood size is a FD and 3/4 brood, so they are screwed from the start.
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    Hi @TonyG. I’m new and use 3/4 gear. I’m fit and well and was totally surprised at how much a full 3/4 of honey weighs. Lifting it off the top of a stack of 7 requires some effort. Combine that with a restrictive bee suit, lots of bees, baking sun and you have a bit of hard work. I’m impressed that people deal with full depth supers, but wow it must ruin your back. Something that is possibly under appreciated is how forgiving an all 3/4 system is. When the queen gets through the excluder and lays in the super it would be a complete pain to solve if using different sizes. It’s irritating with 3/4 boxes but you just swap them. It’s also handy being able to switch around frames if needed. Maybe the experienced guys and girls guys don’t screw up as much as me?
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    I have the smart one and there are trays you can slid under. I've tried putting both trays in (fully close bottom board) and the trays got filled up with condensation pretty quick and it's not even winter cold yet. I think bees can handle the cold better than damp. Not to mention dampness attracts other insects, fungi, etc.
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    Here's a bit of fun to get everyone's brains ticking this morning... Was having a look through my brothers hive and much to my luck the wooden frame broke. Anyway, we let the honey drip through and this is a sample of what we were left with...very, very dark honey. Came from urban area (Hawke's Bay); was in the second box in a frame I put in no later than 4 weeks ago; hard to see with the jar but is very deep red in colour; and has a tart taste with an almost 'burnt' after taste...my tastebuds think it tastes like burnt golden syrup. Being the time of the year it is, our household are all thinking gum, but are interested to see what the rest of the community think..
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    View Offer Detector dog AFB service Doc1.xpsDoc1.xps AFB Detector dog Service - NZ wide Helping you in the fight against AFB with the most powerful tool available, detector dogs. Whether you have AFB in your old honey supers, nucs or in your beehives, detector dogs are Capable of detecting pre-clinical levels of infection, stopping the spread at the source. How long does it take? The inspections are very quick. It is possible to do between 200-400 bee hives per night although it depends on the far apart the sites are. When can inspections be done? When the nights are cooler (Under 10 degrees) and the bees are inside the hives. It is very important the dogs do not get stung. If you have had AFB or would like to get an extra reassurance after your Autumn splits, contact us now to book an appointment Price $0.00 Submitter afbpawpatrol Submitted 04/09/18 Category Commercial Bees & Hives For Sale
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    Pick the right tool for the circumstance. Those markets have different circumstances i.e lots of regulation versions and a much longer market cycle. Momentum or trend following would probably be better tools
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    run all 3/4 supers, think of the difference lifting 20-odd kg vs 30-odd kg boxes on stacks like this: .Per @tristan's post, it's probably easiest running brood and supers the same size in spring, but plenty of people don't. to convert, the easiest option might be to make a split in spring out of the full depth gear, then sell it I had to lift a full honey super off the top of a six full depth stack the other day, it's not something i would want to do regularly/all day
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    To make it easy on your back I would suggest 3/4 depth honey supers. Occassionally you may have a hive that will be three FD brood boxes deep, then you go and whack on one or two FD honey supers - oooh I can just hear your back complaining now when you go and lift off the full honey supers.
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    In Germany we mostly use meshed bottom boards which are kept open during winter, so that the bees will stop rearing brood (Important for varroa treatment with oxalic) an insulated inner cover ("warm head cold feet") is considered to be necessary though -15 degrees during the night... not a problem at all... dont worry. Just keep in mind: we usually dont use upper entrances and i think the resulting draft would be very bad in such circumstances.
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    its possible it will only affect rata , pohutukawa and lophomyrtus badly
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    Based on mean reversion theory, I think there will be a small correction in bee prices this spring Pricing components for my forecasts of 2018 Spring nucs: Demand: Expecting the same. Looks like its inelastic in the $150-$300 price point. Supply: Expecting more. Based on the good bee margins over the last few years I think more bee suppliers have entered the market. (Ignoring changes to the winter loss rate and honey price)
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    I got a Facebook message from a neighbor across the road.....”we have heaps of bees over at our place we think they are swarming or something, can you come and have a look?” So I stroll over and notice bees stuck on the roof of their ute in the morning dew, upside down wriggling to get back upright. I already knew what the “problem” was before heading over. My bees at the back of my section have been making a beeline across our house to their place as they have an awesome eucalyptus tree that flowers this time of year. It was really humming with bees at 8am this morning. The Tui we’re enjoying a sweet start to the day as well.??
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    Nicely laid out Jason, good to see some of your work!
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    We use bayvarol and apivar and very rarely see mites and the only time we have pms issues is when we miss a hive during treatment. Just mentioning it because up till today we have no resistance problems although I'm sure they will eventually come.
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    One of my sites near egmont National Park in Taranaki
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    Happy bees out of the shade,now in the sun. Final small move up onto deck this evening.
  25. 1 point
    Other way around. Cerracell purchased the Mahurangi frame business.
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    Collins notebook A5 96lf one double page for each apiary a special page at the back for average production, number of hives, AFB et cetera and two double pages with all apiarys with months divided into threes. One for varoa control and the other for feed and supering. It's worked perfect for over 50 years so why change. I've never had any trouble with the Collins notebook, it's not cheap but it doesn't full of bits like the cheap versions.
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    The alcohol is the solvent that dissolves many of the components in the propolis, and makes it spreadable. As with paint and varnish, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind the bee-friendly surface. At our local building supply store, the denatured alcohol is labeled "Alcohol fuel." Frankly, I don't know if it's methanol CH3OH or ethanlol C2H5OH (same as CH3CH2OH). Methanol (AKA "Wood Alcohol") makes you blind and kills you. The ethanol just makes us drunk, which may sometimes kill us. If we let the boxes dry for a day after painting on the propolis solution, they're safe for the bees.
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    Maybe because they are more likely to be permanent sites.
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    I've no idea, quite possibly but when you fill out your harvest dec you state if you have used only approved treatments in your hives or not. I could be wrong but I would think using treatments not approved in honey production hives would mean the honey is not considered fit for human consumption.
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    Thank you!! Please tell the other half.
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    That’s pretty good going first time round. Keep them alive through winter and another season it will be cheaper. I always say to people that only want to keep bees for the honey that it will be the most expensive honey they have ever bought. Unless a person is capable of making their own equipment I recommend buying honey direct from a beekeeper. If keeping them purely for the joy of bees then you can spend as much as you like.
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    I only got started because I watched my plum trees in my new orchard flower with not a single bee come visit. And a grand total of 3 cherries from 3 trees. Since I have expanded my orchard to include more plums, apricot, plumcots, nashis, apples and pears, the little blighters had better earn their keep.
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    I started about 18 months ago and harvested my first honey this year, it tastes delicious but I reckon it works out at nearly $200 per Kg. Just as well I didn't start with profit in mind, it has been (and still is) a wonderful journey of discovery. Spring will come soon enough and then go for it @Hayden you will love it. ps was surprised to see how many Haydens we have
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    Pen and paper here and also writing on the lids
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    Ok .... so it's official ... climate change is here in Whitecliffs ..... the Rhododendrons are flowering again ...... that heralds the start of a new bee season !!
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    thats actually a good start. keep in mind that its a long road. far to many think they can just buy a hive and be up and running. they usually end up with dead hives and a mess for everyone else to clean up. as above spring is the easier but more expensive time to buy a hive. buying a nuc in autumn is not for beginners. not something i would recommend for anyone. buying a full hive in autumn is ok IF its already set for winter. you will need to get all the gear ready and the storage space ready. also have some idea on what time you can spend on the bees. quite often bees get set aside as they are busy with other things. bees is something you have to be on your game.
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    So ignorant hobbyists are a bigger risk than pigheaded commercials ?
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    sounds very easy to market.
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    Will I get myrtle rust if I eat infected honey? I'm worried because my immune system is compromised after a severe reaction to a varroa bite.
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    i just found another commercial up for sale.
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    Or maybe they have too many wet bus tickets and need to use some up.
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    You did pretty good. I think my first harvest worked out double that.
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