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  1. Yes Otaki/Te Horo, weather has been pretty average with rain and high winds, was feeding up to 3 weeks ago but we have finally had some hot weather and there is a flow on finally, but now another 4 days of rain forecast ☹ Guess I will wait for weather to settle and try again, I thought the success rate was pretty low
  2. Out of interest what percentage of mating flights are unsuccessful, been a shocker this year, some really windy days but others perfect weather but the virgin queen is gone, running at about 40% success rate
  3. I guess the point of my post was that the shop towels went in pretty wet and I didn't see any real losses, but maybe they were so thin the hive heat dried them out when the same doesn't apply to the staples if they are too wet. But yes they were a pain compared to staples
  4. Alastair, just picking up on the dry vs wet, when we all started down this road, shop towels was the product of choice and those were all fairly wet but hard to deal with hence Philbee's staples being a choice of many after Pam's Cloth, Gib Tape etc. I personally don't recall any losses with the shop towel (including Queens) so what would the difference be I wonder? Maybe the amount of active product was less on the shop towels I'm tempted to go back to shop towel as an experiment with some test hives even if they are much more work
  5. Anyone found they have had queen losses after introducing new strips, I have had two fairly strong hives go queenless on me and the only change was new strips
  6. Storage/use of strips Have had a shocker season with post Covid work taking my eye off the hives completely so some serious losses. Question is I have a bunch of strips I bought from Phil ages ago, with much reduced hive numbers producing strips in bulk is seemingly pointless unless: Can strips store for a while, if yes under what conditions Second can one make up the oxalic mix and store some in glass jars and reheat and apply to strips as required Or do I just use much smaller quantities albeit its really hard to do that?
  7. Trevor. Out of interest have you done an alcohol wash after the co2 test to see if there was any mite drop from the same sample?
  8. @Alastair- again sorry as I am sure this is covered, why dry over wet. Has someone done a trial of one vs the other -? Maybe that's my new project as I rebuild
  9. I also had presoaked staples from Phil and had them stored in a sealed bucket in the garage, didnt use them for a good 4 months and when I did my losses were up to 50% over summer, mainly what seems to be overload and Queen losses - worst season ever for me and I was treating regularly, in some cases strips were removed quickly and in others hardly touched, no correlation between the two when it came to losses I suspect 4 months is too long and fresh is best so probably my fault however I have been off the forum for a while so have some questions, hope you don't mind
  10. 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?
  11. Same method that I use and most I would say, I wouldn’t want to drop oxalic into heated glycerine
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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