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    Back in the old days we assumed bees that looked this way were robber bees and had lost their hair robbing. Viruses were not often talked about back then.
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    This is an interesting opinion piece regarding 1080 and the targeted species. https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/112038546/nature-not-natives-must-be-the-priority-for-molesworth
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    There was a thread about wasp guards that was closed a while back and on the face of it the OP broke a few forum rules with regard product promotion. I meet these guys in Thames on Saturday and they are a unique team IMO. To be honest my opinion after spending a hour or more looking at their product and more importantly listening and experiencing their knowledge was that the wasp guard that they have developed represented only a small part of what they have to offer the industry. To put it in perspective, IMO the wasp guard they have developed is but a very small representation of who they are, or at least who they potentially are. Kind of like IBM being represented in the market by a Keyboard Mouse. Another field day visitor who meet these guys along with me took a sample to try in a completely different sphere of bee keeping and we both agreed that the product in another pest sphere had the potential to be a game changer. I cant say too much in this regard as it could have IP implications but I personally look forward to meeting them again and talking pest control.
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    Huge Eels The creeks have cut up to 10m down into the Papa and the eels stay there in the inaccessible pools land locked
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    Saves the bees chucking them out the door ?? Not really other than its away from the brood nest . After my dumping bees out experiment , it's clear the Type 2 bees are mature flight bees and probably have no business in the brood nest, as thats the place for young nurse bees, which I suspect preserves the brood nest from virus so healthy bees will come through . I am unsure which bees the Type 1 are ( hairy with V wings) because there were plenty of them dead in the feeder in one hive as well . I strongly suspect that once the sick bees are dead, the remaining bees will recover, but they will need looking after through winter with reduced hive sizes . Live bees and wasps climbing over dead bees here. Wasps flew in as I opened hive
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    We use white sugar for syrup, but we also use dry raw sugar into the top feeder in Winter or early Spring if needed. With mixing 2:1 we usually heat the water first by dropping a couple of elements into it. If the water is not heated it can be difficult to get enough sugar in to dissolve to get to 2:1. With 50/50 we don't bother heating.
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    Iv been using the invert for a few seasons and it seems to store well. I use cleaning agent then no rinse steriliser, I use my Ibcs first then my 10,000L tank last because its propper food grade plastic and keeps longer, if you use too much it leaves space which creates condensation and it will automatically water down ready for spring usually but this season I still have 4x Ibcs left (due to poor Bush price) so probably won't use the tank this season.
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    We have tried normal syrup and invert syrup, I can’t see a difference in the hives. We buy ours as liquid sugar.
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    The lowest I've ever seen . I've almost forgotten what they look like . Not being silly. Avid Staples fan here
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    dry raw sugar. keeps fine for years or until mice chew their way in. raw syrup typically in IBC or the bags in the round container (can't think of the name at the mo). IBC can go off but the bags keep for year easy enough. raw sugar syrup thats been open to the air tends to go off quickly. white sugar syrup doesn't go off very quickly at all. we have a big tank (20000 liter ??). IBC's etc all stored inside. all long its keep depends on how much gets used. some will sit around for a year. some will go out as fast as we can get it. all syrup is thick syrup and its then watered down to suit what ever the need is.
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    This is an issue that comes up often There tends to be two ways that Beeks place Staples and one way results in less Brood damage. Some Beeks remove an edge frame, spread the remaining frames out, insert the staples then press the frames back to their original position by replacing the edge frame that they initially removed. This method often results in Brood damage because if there happens to be burr comb or any other proud contour in line with the Staple when the frames move back together this proud feature will cause the staple to be press firmly against the comb which in all likelihood will contain capped Brood. The preferred method is to refrain from placing the Staples until you have completed your inspection and replaced all frames. The burr comb near the top of the frame is cleared away at the desired location and the Staple is jiggled down between the frames This results in a looser fit of the Staple and results in much less brood damage. The newer Staples are now 25% thicker for the wides and 33% thicker for the narrows so are much more rigid, aiding insertion. Another important but unrelated point that needs to be clarified This point came up at the ApiNZ Waikato Hub field day on Saturday. There are photos on this thread and possibly other places that show Staples in Honey Supers above the Queen excluder I also make reference to such arrangements when speaking about the Staple. This is not a practice that I recommend and not one that I use in production hives. In my case this practice is for observation purposes and the Honey is being left on for winter feed. There is one substantial Hive in my operation that has has 20 staples in 4 boxes above and excluder for 2 seasons continuously. This Hive is one of those freak hives that sometimes appear but then fade to mediocrity or die over winter. One of the purposes of this observation Hive should the opportunity arise is to have its Honey stores checked for Oxalic Acid residue. The Hive currently has a Mite count of 1/350 bees and considering its size and forage /robbing power I consider that count to be very low.
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    A Summary of the OA/GL Staples Thread.
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    Lol, Bill was a bad shot but still not worth the risk. Im talking Coote's to the north,
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    You also might be a lot better Hunter than me I remember back in the 80s doing live capture of Goats in the Mangapurua valley(bridge to nowhere) we would work hard all week and eat goat and beans. In the next valley was a flock of sheep which after a few weeks of lean meat we would be driven to steal. It was a primeval drive inherent to the hungry hunter. Sneaking in on the prey I could taste the fat (calories), pure gold
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    Drones are out here in Onehunga - the weather has been excellent. I have a newly mated queen too. I wasn’t sure what would happen or if supercedure was happening too late, but as soon as I opened up you could see that every possible cell had eggs, hopefully her enthusiasm slows a little for the next few months.
  17. -1 points
    More like Deliverance
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