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    Bees loving the hazel pollen during these still warm days
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    Originally for the first year, you could buy the revolutionary unit, but then you could only lease, and a condition was that the owners extraction plant had to be used for the further processing, so that meant that most were faced with a considerable distance to cart the pails anyway, and I heard a take it or leave it price paid for the honey. About then the company seemed to become more difficult to contact as few found that suitable.
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    You could go into a paint shop and look at the colour charts and see if anything inspires you . Or an artists supply shop and look at their paint range .
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    There have historically been pockets of AFB in the Waitaks, so I would be thinking more about that risk, rather than the mythical colony which is totally varroa resistant. To me, not worth the risk or time.
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    So a week ago I put some OA strips in single box hives that hadn’t been treated since last spring - only left them because I wanted to know what would happen with winter OA strips. All were 10 frame, healthy looking (!) and with good foodstores. Winter has been pretty mild for us so far so they’re actively foraging. 4 of Philbees wide strips non EP well drained, 40% OA, per hive. All on hive doc bases. No pre or post treatment mite wash. 5 hives look perfect, quite impressed, the 6th one photos are below. first pic shows dead bees out the front. It was so bad after only a couple days I cracked the whole front of the hive open to make sure they could still get in/out. second pic shows dead bees on the base - many adults, plus some larvae pulled. third pic shows hive put together after cleaning the base and active foragers returning. hive remains ok but has clearly had a large shock. No sign of disease (incl DWV interestingly) when the strips were put in. I didn’t pull the frames apart today, but suspect the hive has reduced from probably 7-8 frames of adult bees to 4-5, so I wouldnt be surprised if there was some dead brood in there from chill. assessing the hive, I’m comfortable it will recover ok and push along into spring. I’ve carried out a whole lot of different scenarios with these strips over the past year or so, a lot of it pushing the envelope and outside recommendation, just so I can get a true handle on them. I’m pretty confident in then now, I think there is more comfort zone with them than people realise, although I can see hobbiests getting the odd shock when they get it wrong and have a result like this one... from now on I’m running these strips, with FA treatments held in reserve. No synthetic strips. Kudos to Phil for all the work to date. Cheers Pics 1 and 2 Pic 3 - have a close look you may pick up something (I just did!) @Philbee do you supply strips in cardboard cartons? The pails are good but I think I’ve got enough of them now, if we could get the strips in cartons we can just keep reusing the pails we have. cheers
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    Its probably doable but its an expensive exercise that only adds to total existing infrastructure. There are countless other considerations like materials handling and storage etc Water and discharge rights are probably a major considerations also. I envisage a system where boxes are placed on a device that reaches up and drags / scraps the honey and comb into a large sealed slurry tank. Or alternatively and initially an operator within a bee proof cab is fed with full boxes that he uses a device to scrap each frame separately. the empty box is passed on through a seal to be placed back on the hive of origin. The slurry tank is taken to a wax separator for processing. Wax production goes up and Honey production goes down a little which probably isnt a bad thing
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    Hi It’s quite a nice day today so I thought I’d give the bees a quick mid winter check. One hive appeared to have inconsistent capping on the brood. I uncapped and inside was brown after a swirl with a match stick and drew out. Someone could give me a second opinion would be appreciated. Happy to pay. Cheers Hayden.
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    Each year the colony appears in a slightly different place and the old comb eventually Falls off.
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    And the additional heartbreak if you got AFB
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    You tell me, does "amber", "light amber", "dark amber", and "extra dark amber" sound nice and lyrical?
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    Oops I’m showing my lack of technology skills Swedish McDonald stores have McHives - they are promoting bee awareness. Imagine trying to clean that up
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    Or you could buy a Honey grading scale. https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/product/jacks-scale-colour-grader
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    ive been on it for a while
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    Hi Rob. What do you look for to assess if a hive is newly formed? That could save some time. Photo or it didn't happen.
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    I know an excellent long-term beekeeper who was an early adopter, and bought one of the revolutionary gizmos, and loves it, but this only removes the comb and wax off the frames into bucket which then need to go to an extraction plant to process. as I see it, one of the main advantages of the system is that of disease control - the beekeepers boxes and frames stay on the correct hive, and as there is going to be an increasing risk in bigger plants with different beekeepers supers sitting in hot rooms, and post extraction in storage until picked up, and possibly exchanging all sorts of greebies especially in the changed estate of the industry. The downside if one could call it that is that bees have to draw out new foundation every time a frame is extracted, so not same economy of energy. Right now when wax is fetching a high price there must be added value in the increased wax produced - perhaps balancing out the lower honey production.
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    I already had 30 full, now I have over 40 since using staples. I'm currently fulling a bucket every 2 full days out in the field or scraping boxes in the shed, around the same time it takes to use a bucket of staples.
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    There are bees under a bridge in rural Hawkes Bay in a similar situation. We check on them every time we're in the area and can see where colonies have died out and new ones formed
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    @Hayden I’m not in your area but wanted to say how awesome it is to see a beekeeper asking for a second opinion on possible AFB it’s a big thumbs up from us here hopefully you have had heaps of people offering help
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    IMO one needs to look at extraction system types other than the norm. An example is the Revolutionary type where the Honey is scraped on site then further processed at a second RMP site. The benefits of this system are numerous. beeks will usually point to Robbing being a limiting factor in this system but that is manageable by using novel new ways of sealing the system. The advent of plastic frames has further added to this systems viability. Whats more on site extraction substantially aids the battle against AFB. Its a no brainier and an open source design effort would nail it in 12 months.
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    I always carry 20L mitre 10 buckets they're 10 bucks. All scraping goes in and zero robbing
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    Most extracting equipment is made with single ph motors as equipment manufacturers know that many beekeepers live in the boondocks where 3 ph may not be available. Some gear is 3 ph but usually 230 volt 3 ph so can still be run through vsd from single ph supply. Most extraction gear uses motors 1.5 kw or less. Of course with a few things going total power usage can add up but is usually able to be run from a typical domestic supply.
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    Beautiful day here one of those where it feels like spring is almost here. very mixed bag of hives some good some middling and some rubbish. good amounts of pollen coming in and it feels great to be out with my head in a beehive again. Ive been feeling so negative about the industry over winter I really had lost the desire to do bees anymore but am feeling much better after a day out amongst it .
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    It's a beautiful looking hive but I don't think I would breed from it.. I like hives that conserve their stores and come through winter in reasonable condition but not too strong. They have plenty of time to build up before the honey flow and the last thing I would want is everything two box of bees now.It depends what you want to do with the hives of course but some strains of Italians had a well-deserved reputation to just keep on breeding until they starved. I won't be going into my hives for another three weeks yet and any that can't wait till I get there will get a Darwin award.
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    @Markypoo not my hives , the migrants , nice guys . The coast at the bar is eroding fast . Back to cliffs with coal seams. We found some fossil rocks in the sand a month or so ago . Big chunks of compressed layered leaves . Very heavy rocks , early angiosperms I think , 80 million yrs old .
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    I was told to put I'n my tender to keep a Kanuka block that I was in for a few seasons and put 75 per hive as my offer, luckily someone else had a higher proposal and took my 5 year contract, Now I'm neighbouring the area in a big way paying 50 per hive just to rub it in to the migrant beek. I wonder if they'll be back next season lol
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    If you're ever wanting to cross-check the accuracy and calibration of your refractometer, we've got an accredited moisture method at the lab that you could use to make sure you're getting the same results. Sending in one or two samples as a bit of a QC check would do the trick. We currently charge $20 +GST per sample and don't need much honey at all to run the test.
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    I'm sure there are many variations on the Beekeeping Calendar, I thought I'd start with this one: August to April: Breaking things May to July: Fixing things Share any other variations you may have....
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    Boringly unoriginal description but yes.
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    Good idea, now you getting staples from Phill, you got heaps of buckets
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    You'll be wasting your time. I deported the first one around here about five years ago, and the tranquility lasted about a two weeks, when a whole family turned up.
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    Into a site today for the first time since April. There were 11 or 12 hives left there, not certain of the number as I'd moved some out late in the season. Anyway I was greeted with what you can see in the photo. There is new fence in the background so presumably the land owner has had some fencing done, and then let some stock in as its chewed right down and they'd never had stock there before ........there were seven hives left. Suffice to say I'll be moving these soon too.
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