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    Hi alastair Good to see you sharing your experience with oxalic acid even if it was a negative one. We now know that hives on a flow are maybe more able to cope with excessive acid than hives on no flow. I have talked to a number of beekeepers and generally they fall into one of 3 categories. Use ox and like it. Haven't used it and maybe havent even heard of it. Have used it and are reluctant to use it again after a bad experience. The common issues where people have had a poor experience seem to be. Staples too wet. Colonies too small , less than a box. Used staples too late in the autium. Colonies moved away from poorly positioned staples. Excessive mite numbers to start with. Staples made from a material like thin card that gets chewed out too soon. Regarding staple dryness we hang ours in a rack to drain/dry for 2 or 3 days prior to use and have never observed negative effects on bees or brood.
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    I don’t understand why so many hobbyists think that commercial beekeepers coming in will cause invasion of varroa into their hives. im not 100% sure who “your” migrants are but if it’s who I think, they are very good beekeepers and will have treated for varroa up till putting honey boxes on and moving them in and they will treat in February as soon as the boxes come off. There should be no “ invasion” .
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    I've used OA/G for the past three seasons, the first season using my own cardboard, last season our own home made gib staples, and Phil's staples, and this season a combo of OA/G and Bayverol (thus far). OA/G works, but like all applications has its pro's and con's, one of which is they shouldn't be applied with excess solution. I personally think OA/G could contribute to a spotty brood pattern if there was excess solution and it found its way into the larvae feeding. Alistair has run hives with both OA/G and Bayverol on the same sites and observed this. He's an incredibly experienced, highly skilled beekeeper and I personally find his observation as highly credible. The spotty brood issue is backed up by Randy Oliver, and his comment was that it seemed to occur with excessive treatment (or conceivably in this case excess solution on the treatment). There is also evidence/research from OA applied as dribble generating adverse effects. I don't see any of this discrediting Oa/G in any way, or the staples for that matter. OA/G and the staples have been shown to be highly effective.
  4. 1 point
    It goes very fast not as much suffering as gasoline or poison. You can get the stripscan in winery supply.
  5. 1 point
    Thanks Jamo that IS very helpful. I used some staples that were too wet, but that could not be the whole problem because that was only the staples at the bottom of the bucket, the majority of hives were done with staples from higher up in the bucket which were dry, or at least dry enough that you would not have been able to squeeze anything out of them. The thing you mentioned that could have been a problem is lack of flow, there was none where my bees are, throughout the whole treatment period. Except for a couple of sites, and they were less affected. All the beekeepers I know in my area who have tried staples, have had bad experiences exactly the same as mine, except for one. And this one is the only one who has a lot of hives close to the suburbs, where there is a trickle of a flow. The rest of the beekeepers are same as me, no flow. So maybe it's that, and staples just aren't going to work here. And hey, it's very refreshing to get some informed, concise, clear cut answers, appreciate it. 👍
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    Come on now boys.. if you can’t play nicely in the sandpit Trev will put the sand back in the cat litter box.
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    Aaah yes grasshopper.. and the best beekeeper ditches the bad sites without a second thought. Bad sites are like bad ex’s .. if you keep going back you keep getting burnt.
  8. 0 points
    or chucks a fake and then quickly bails teeth intact . when that jug tapped my face and i heard that line it was the closest i've ever come to a pre-emptive strike in my life. Lucky i didn't as i suspect it would have ended badly for me (skinny white-boy out of towner with dreads from wellington heading north to go climbing, and had ill-advisedly responded to a request for an opinion about various tractor brands and whether dreadlocks should be dagged). All ended just fine for me in the end
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    .thread almost starting to remind me of a memorable line heard in a taihape pub decades ago: "you've got a lot of teeth for a smart c...."
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    Wow. That's a heckuva revelation. I sure can see why somebody was so concerned. 😄
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    i always find that the cells in the frame edges look a bit suspect so i open them up, i'm paranoid on that checking front. It's annoying. Queen should know to stick to the frame programme! obviously short of stores on that frame too. i'm trying to figure out my hive years, not many anyway, a few hives for less than ten years - regardless of anything else i'm clearly less competent and less worthy of an opinion than someone who did a course two years ago then bought 500 hives and now has 750 hive years *assuming 50% hive loss that first season - but still clearly incredibly competent due to their 750 hive years *assuming 50% hive loss that first season - but who is still clearly incredibly competent due to hive years. "hive years" without the breakdown of the hive multitplier and year multiplier is a crock of whatever in my opinion.
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    Problem with you guys, is you just don't have enough "hive weeks". 😉 I will certainly not be showing any of YOU my brood. 🤣
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    I'm pleased I'm not the only one wanting more popcorn and a comfy seat to watch the show.
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