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  1. Interesting. What % of each frame is covered in brood? You May find if you total it up the total area the number of frames is significantly less than you think. sounds like no queen excluder is being used. Keeping the queen in x2 FD brood boxes may give you a better indication of her actual performance.
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  2. pretty sure its a whole lot more. i will have to check some other day. only skim reading it so excuse any errors. the problem is not the amount sold. the problem is if its fails testing overseas and has no traceability the industry is in the crap. govts overseas will simply ban all nz honey. other parties would be pushing for tariffs, added inspections etc, anything to make nz honey get priced off the market. typical govt response to that is that all beeks would have to be under the rmp scheme at great cost to hobbyists which know doubt you will squeal at. a
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  3. A month ago I treated a hive with formic acid pro. Before treating it I did an alcohol wash and got 21 varoa. I did an alcohol wash on the same hive today and got one varoa so it did work although I would have to say it was pretty harsh on the hive with several handfuls of dead bees over the first few days and the grass is still scorched out the front of the hive. The hive is only about the same strength it was a month ago and although it still has the original Queen she is not laying startlingly well and there are a lot of dummy cells. The hive next door had five varoa a month ago
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  4. Yes. That is exactly what you should do. Remember, always split from strength to strength.
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  5. Arataki did produce a thistle probably around that time . Despite being a beautiful honey it didn't sell well probably because of the name Thistle. You have to remember this was back in the days when New Zealanders ate clover honey, mild cheddar used fat for frying and anybody that ate anything different was either foreign, Communist or both. Mind you I still think food fried in fat tasted better.
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  6. I have a friend looking for a swarm, just one. He is North Shore and would be extremely happy to drive over and collect. You can see my phone number in my profile, if you can call me we can exchange details, and if / when you have a swarm available let him know .
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  7. That's exactly what I paid for my first queen, right after the new money came in, I bought a queen from Whites for $0.75. This was funded from my pocket money, $0.20 a week. In my childish ignorance I had only put a 4 cent stamp on the envelope when an 8 cent one was needed, so instead of the queen I got an indignant letter from Whites saying they had been required to pay the extra postage and they now wanted that, the cost of sending the letter to me, and of course I had to pay for a second lot of postage to send that to them . Anyhow in due course after that my queen
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  8. Percy Berry and the other Hawkes Bay beekeepers of the late 1940s and 1950s faced the first of the really bad pesticide damage to their hives. Orchardists sprayed quite indiscriminately and there were large bee losses for the first time on such a scale.
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  9. LOL, there were some good ads way back. Can't remember the name, but there was another guy used to put a pic of his face on a queen bee. Caused a bit of mockery but his own view was all publicity is good publicity.
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  10. most people around here use utes plus trailer. not many have the big bucks for landcruisers. buy 2-3 utes for the price of a landcruiser. one of the downsides of trucks is deck height. however this all comes down to how are you loading hives etc. do you have a crane/lift ? personally i would not go 5 hives wide. that means having extended mirrors etc which tend to get hit. plus many gates can get rather narrow, especially when sliding around in the mud, as do many orchards.
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  11. Sounds a reasonable combination. Are you expanding? With 300, a truck is added costs in maintenance. And it will sit around a lot. Those cofs.... Plenty of Beekeepers use a Ute and trailer. It all depends on your situation.
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  12. I'd be grateful just to have hair
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  13. The bees are no longer lost. They have all mysteriously turned up right next to my apiarys. Would those that have lost them please come and take them away.
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  14. Hi @frazzledfozzle - I went to PM you but can't, & your email is not listed in your profile. My cousins in London are fine. To them it is not big deal. Several of them working from home. As far as they are concerned the ones dying, are the ones that aren't doing what they are told. The cousins outside of Derry are finding it difficult. They are on a farm and the 2 mile radius that they are allowed to move in, is causing problems. They do not have a supermarket or any other shop within 2 miles. Fortunately for them, their son does, and he is also within the
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