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  1. Any one know of a facility in Wellington or Manawatu up to Palmerston North that would do small quantities - 20-30 boxes and possibly bottle as well?
  2. Same method that I use and most I would say, I wouldn’t want to drop oxalic into heated glycerine
  3. Anyway you read that is 4 strips per double brood box ? If you only put them in one box would it be in the top or bottom box Be a huge saving for a big outfit but you would have to think it’s a first step on the resistance path - zero science behind my statement but as honey prices drop so does return per hive and the one way to save (in the short term) is reduce your mite treatment costs
  4. Hi Phil, thanks - no favor owed at all - really enjoyed our chat - I have some splits, so I will dump the queen and frames and combine the rest with a decent queen
  5. Thanks - I thought so as well - Do you suggest I swap positions with the strong hive next to it and boost numbers that way ? The flow has dried up here so there isn’t a lot coming in at the moment and the strong hives are uncapping the honey boxes and pulling it down so that probably isn’t helping either
  6. I have a hive that has struggled through the season next to other hives that are going really well - looks like I’m onto the third queen so far based on the double eggs in some cells but look at the attached photos - something isnt right and I haven’t seen this before . I’m treating with oxalic strips There is no pupal tongue or roping out so not AFB but I have pupa dying in the cells and the hive is basically just hanging in any comments would be welcomed
  7. The couple of strips I used like this worked well, the bees chewed them out from the bottom up and left a small bit at the top - not sure I would bother in the future though as it’s a bit more time per hive but good to know it’s an option
  8. It’s come a long way since Jan 17 when the link to Randy’s research was first put up, that’s the bit about this forum that amazes me is how everyone is happy to share - result being you now producing a product that any beekeeper can use easily, cheaply in comparison and is very effective all through trial and error by people on this forum what astounds me is the number of beekeepers I know that refuse to consider anything new like this was two years ago, you would think it would be commonplace by now but even yesterday I was talking to a beekeeper of 15 years and he had only heard of vaporising - seems we are still a very singular breed for the most part and not open to new ideas in the main. Look forward to meeting you in person
  9. Will give the strips a try when I get them, easy for me as a hobbyist but for a commercial the fold over makes all the sense in the world for speed and ease of application
  10. If it’s the contact with the staple then what if one cut them in half, punched a hole in the top and hung them like a normal strip, would the bees then work underneath them whereas I find they tend to not work under them wrapped over a frame ?
  11. First swarm this year for me, looked fairly small initially but they were deep into the bush and the homeowner didn’t want the bush cut at all - took a while - hope they stay put
  12. I tried the banana trick, had a hive with bad chalkbrood, put the banana cut in half longways between the boxes - checked after 10 days and they had cleared out almost all the chalkbrood and the brood looked a lot better maybe just luck as a flow was just kicking in, but they certainly ate all the banana, so who knows - one thing, they were not happy when I put it in at all, the smell maybe ? will see how they are this weekend
  13. Agree, the strips are a better option but sometimes time just doesn’t allow, I now have a supply of pams cloth strips that I take every time I visit the apiaries , post was really more about the barrier the sheets created
  14. Sorry, my posts spelling was shocking - was using the blue towels from supercheap, I am trialling egg box strips and the pams idea, but the sheets still work for me from ease of use and application,
  15. As an aside, I was in a hurry a few weeks back and didn’t halve the shed as per normal and laid a full sheet which basically covered the top of the brood box went back yesterday and the hive hadn’t moved out of the bottom box, box was packed with brood and stored but the sheet was a complete barrier for them. Compared to the adjacent hive which had filled two more boxes in the same time and completely the strips I used, it’s a lesson learnt, they have to be able to work it from the edges A positive was that there was no sign of varroa at all, so I assume the vapour had an effect vs the physical contact
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