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  1. tests where bees were fed OA are simply irrelevant. Oxalic acid vaporization was already used in the soviet union and continues to be wideley used by many beekeepers in europe. Italy Austria Spain, Switzerland and half of Germany use it (despite the treatment being illegal there) Last season i have only relied on OA vaporization. Before that formic and oxalic. not a single loss. I monitored mite drops during the time i did my treatments and generated some interesting data. Beeswax will NOT absorb OA in any relevant anounts as it is water soluble. But Honey w
    7 points
  2. Here's my bee dog. He's a wise one and watches from a distance - the girls nail him.
    4 points
  3. nice to have you back Roy O,
    3 points
  4. Found it! It's an Aussie called Hakea Laurina
    2 points
  5. We have a much longer breeding season than do most parts of Europe hence our varoa is much worse. Not sure about varoa sucking bees blood. I'm sure I heard somewhere that scientists now think that the varoa eat another part of the bee. Australian beeswax does not have might treatments in it but it does have antibiotics from the treatment of European foul brood. It's not used by every beekeeper but is used by some even in the supposedly European foul brood free areas. I don't know if that makes their wax worse or better than ours
    2 points
  6. From my experience in this case i can give you ease of mind... For Years many beekeepers have been using OA as the standard winter treatment (getting rid of 90% of the mites to make sure you do not have to treat until the honey supers have come off - no treatment in Spring was allowed - over cautious as always) Also due to the fact that most of them use wax foundation, laboratory tests of residues in the wax are very common (you should not buy wax without one of those in europe) Years after "Perizin" (coumaphos) is not used anymore traces of it can still be
    2 points
  7. I can't believe you lot who have given this a "funny". I'm serious. The attitude is the root of a heck of a lot of trouble in the world.
    2 points
  8. it's the public domain ..... life is very transparent ..... and if we all have to hide under mushrooms the future looks grim
    2 points
  9. Yes good old hakea . Different from mine , but bees still love it .
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  10. Your season then is five months, ours is six months here. Without treating in Spring for the most part hives would be dead or irretrievable by late January. I calculated some bee hive densities - NZ 2.98 hives/sq km, Germany 2.32 hives /sq km, USA 0.26 hives /sq km, Aus 0.06 hives /sq km.
    1 point
  11. One of the reasons I collect Wax and bank it in my shed None of my wax has been in contact with any treatments other than Organic Acids Its probably not a biggy but something none the less.
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  12. Can anyone ID this fairly distinctive tree? It's usually packed with bees but probably recharging the nectar after heavy rain for the last few days. In other news bees are foraging on the pink manuka in my neighborhood - I'm gonna be rich I tell ya, I can see the cash pouring from the combs already!
    1 point
  13. @kaihoka, as the oxalic acid is water soluble, if you wash the crushed wax in water you will be sure there is none in it.
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  14. Copper negative on right is crimped into Ali block and copper positive threaded onto glow plug post Both insulated from each other z
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  15. Regarding the OA strips i have not done as much research as this method is not currently used in Germany. As far as i know it is still at a very experimental stage with many beekeepers steadily trying to improve the formula. I personally would wait till it is more wideley used and then check the experiences. I would assume though as opposed to vaporization, having strips of OA and glycerene in the hives for a long time will tempt the bees to remove them by chewing. This might cause them to ingest some of the OA which seems to cause problems. Nevertheless if you keep the treatments
    1 point
  16. A despicable way of referring to fellow humans.
    1 point
  17. This is a very good point and is now plain to see To treat a two box hive in a way that is without compromise costs a maximum of approx $3.00-$3.50 per hive plus the labor content of mixing up the Acid and placing the strips. The Labor cost is small but to mix enough Solution to make say, 10000 Staples (2500 single box hives) will take several Man/ Days or about 50 cents a single box hive What this does is create a viable job for a Labor unit or two during slow periods, like now for example.
    1 point
  18. One winter if I remember correctly Definitely not over a long period In fact I suspect that you could damage your health really quickly if you get too much of this stuff into your lungs
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  19. Theres plenty of special stuff about Kanuka it just hasn’t had the marketing, same as beech honeydew
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  20. Kanukas better eating I reckon
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  21. They were algood this season except I lost about 4 or 5 to starvation but it has become better then having sugar in the honey, I'd rather risk losing a half dozen to starvation then risk everything I'm after a 5-6t 4x4 if anyone could point me in the direction of the Isuzu dealership that had to return good trucks? My honey has been going to HNZ for about maybe 4 years?
    1 point
  22. James I don't get this court case at all. Despite the red tape and bureacracy we have to live with now, if the landowner gave you permission to put hives inside his fenced land and you did that, but the land turned out to be fenced wrong but actually belonged to DOC, I am sure that a phone call to the right person at DOC would have sorted it if you pleaded ignorance and offered to remove the hives. Unless there is something I'm missing I cannot see why they would waste not just yours, but their own time, in persuing a court case.
    1 point
  23. They are working well for me. I only use them because I have the equipment on hand already for strapping hive components on to pallets for trucking anyway and plenty of years in sawmilling so an endless supply of the strapping available as well. I think SecureLoad in Tauranga also supply a reasonably priced ratchet strap.
    1 point
  24. Here is how I tie up the loose ends. Nothing flash.. Stock have never chewed on my strappings. Here is my name woven into the strapping. No extra cost for this.
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  25. I will take a photo. I don't get flash. Just bunch up the loose end and shove it under the strap. Then final ratchet tighten.
    1 point
  26. Here is How I do it I have about 110 Square kms of exclusive country with unlimited access to as many sites as I can create within that space. This costs me less than the cost of one Labor unit per year which is still a lot of money. I have developed smart ways of increasing my productivity, one of which is as simple as a small investment in a highly effective Trailer Crane and more recently beating Varroa in a cost effective manor relative to turnover. My Hive numbers next summer will reach 700 production hives that by virtue of their location and relative isolation have been and w
    1 point
  27. All up my expenses are around $200 per hive. That figure of course is not including any wages but it does include everything else and if I was pushed I could reduce it considerably from that figure. Anything over the $200 is my profit. In the last 20 years I have never made a loss but I have worked for nothing some years.
    1 point
  28. Busy day for the bee dog trying to figure out if dad's face is better than laying down in front of the fire
    1 point
  29. first business i bought had afb, after burning most of the hives and older gear, i still had 16 palletts of supposedly clean honey boxes with only 1 season in them. I had purchased another business, with the new business when i had placed all hives on honey sites i was 20 boxes short of having 3 honey boxes on all hives, so i grabbed 20 from the supposedly clean gear. when taking honey off a month later i had twenty hives with afb all the same age and all the same honey boxes from the supposedly clean gear. spent the weekend burning 20 hives and 16 palletts of supposedly clean gear. You c
    1 point
  30. I've heard a few yarns regarding arrangements like this where a few cockies get together and employ a bkpr to run hives for them.. as a sideline, usually through not trusting the bkpr they each had on their farms. I think I like the idea.. but I'm not 100% , cockies often don't see the whole picture, after a 30min yap about keeping hives alive, pest and diseases, seasonal management, failed honey flows, often the reply is "sheez there's a lot to it isn't there.. think I'll stick to the cattle/deer/sheep"
    1 point
  31. I love it, sewing corner on the bee forum ? My sewing machine is sick, it needs a visit to the doctor, last time I used it smoke came out.
    1 point
  32. Iv I’ve been using triple gib tape strips oxalic and Glycerine recommended by you @Philbee. Thank you so much for sharing it has meant an amazing transformation to the health in my hives
    1 point
  33. Of my 4 hives two had huge varroa drops and 6 weeks later they are still dropping. One of those hives will need to be consolidated into one box I think. The other two hives had about 10 varroa in the trays of the hive I could measure and are thriving. One of these two good hives has capped another 3/4 box of honey. The difference is totally down to the effectiveness of the OA vapour treatment in feb. I know exactly what went wrong and it will not happen again .
    1 point
  34. Thanks everyone for your comments. I wanted to put Bayvarol in earlier than I did but was advised by an experienced beekeeper (not Andy!) to wait - no worries he said, plenty of honey flow. As a beginner, I'm finding this challenging - ask 5 beekeepers and you'll get 6 different opinions. I just have to learn myself, listening to as much advice as I can get! I have an album of varroa photos here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/152273445@N05/3P8BY7 Only a few of the dead bees out the front have DMV. I suspect (hope) that this is just the foul weather we are having. Better weather
    1 point
  35. Could have told them that at the beginning. What a waste of money and effort. Do we not ever learn anything. You can't fight nature. We tried with varroa and we still got it. You just gotta role with the punches and adapt ..... as nature does.
    1 point
  36. No gun owner can afford to think like that. If things go pear shaped my freezer will always be full The second best home defense is a bad as Dog best is two or more
    0 points
  37. Going by the reactions it must be just me.
    0 points
  38. Example please, or is the issue really just confined to your mind?
    0 points
  39. I suggest Otira Pub, and I can come and take the minutes
    0 points
  40. One thing I know for sure though, my cannabis plantation hives will never be as productive as my meth lab ones. Probably less aggressive though, and not as likely to steal your car If it works I'm going to re-name my business Tairawhiti Honey Company or THC for short.
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  41. Bull#### sells David Remember in the old days when Toyota got their TV add pulled because it showed a Ute climbing a 45 Deg grade which was deemed false advertising ? Nowadays they have sheep driving the Utes and no one bats an eyelid, they just buy the trucks.
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  42. I've previously worked on $350/hive including wages for me. I've just peered into the budget for the coming season and it is more like $400/hive. That includes some allowance for a helper this year. I've also allocated some of the costs for mobile phone, property costs, insurance away from the personal side into the business side of things as they are partially tax deductible. By far the greatest cost is my wages which need to account for living in Auckland with a family to support. Click here to givealittle. Sugar, extraction costs, helper's wages are other notab
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  43. Crikey that’s me not dad, this industry must have taken a heavy toll
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  44. It's a sewing machine, not a racing car.
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  45. Woulda been better to have admitted it straight up than have to get outed though.
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