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  1. We've been using nucs in a covered orchard it has some open sides so not fully enclosed, one thing I noticed is they are slow on eating the sugar I been using two box nucs so 9 frames and a inside feeder, we also been using full size hives the nucs are easier to get to the awkward parts. One of the reason I was trying nucs was I didn't need to worry about them getting wrecked when they where done in the orchard I just put them out to recover, the other thing is this orchard was using bumblebees but for there money you dont get much in my opinion a nuc has a heck of a lot more bees in them than the 20 bumblebees that appear in the nest.
  2. I would agree it would be hard to come by, I know places in south island can do it but I would have thought not to much on the grand scheme of things. On occasions we will get a pohutukawa/clover blend that's quite light but its still odd years. And to be honest I get no more for it than a dark Bush so who cares.
  3. I was always impressed with hollands creamed clover how light it was and smooth to.
  4. 20 tonne of honey that light what's that worth per kilo?
  5. Is this a site record of the oldest topic bought back to life? haha just curious nearly four years.
  6. Is there a good premium for clover or any honey that gets that low in colour?, almost manuka value I reckon, it must be like Hens teeth. Anyway about the topic I'm not that clued up on co-ops but it has some appeal, security would be one of them, there would be nothing worse than not know your honey would sell you cant operate a beekeeping business with not knowing what you produce won't sell, and with that if a price has been set pre season you know what you can budget on even if its dismal, a co-op to me seems like a long term investment you need to ride the lows and highs but knowing your honey will move is the best security you can have. One thing I think a co-op needs is a diverse marketing team not just one or two people but a team. We had a long term relationship with a well known honey company with which name starts with C, more than 20 years, but as soon as we decided we would stop chasing manuka they pretty much didn't want to know us, that left us really vunerable, it meant we needed to build new a relationship, that's not easy in today's environment. And when theres 100s of tonnes on the market that doesn't make it any easier.
  7. That's interesting cause when you look at your frame the honey is all at the front of the frame then??, from my experience that's not normal, normally they store the honey to the back of the box, but if that's the case why are they chewing the back strip first,? Is it so queen can lay there or store food there maybe,
  8. My thinking is as long as bees are active and have contact with the product it will work, different in winter cluster. The strips I place at the front of the bottom box basically at the entrance are always the ones that get chewed the fastest, which means its contact, looking at James photo I note that one strip is getting chewed, James is this the front of the hive? It looks it to me. For me it makes the most sense to put at least a couple strip at the exact location James has, it's where all the bee traffic is.
  9. I place them exactly like that also probably little bit tighter in autumn but exactly like that in spring
  10. Nah james not that shed, but it was that shed couple weeks ago we dropped some honey in after harvesting and we got back late so just dropped it, then next morning it was raining so we opened the window to let bees out, then we thought we'd be smart and shoot out to a area that wasn't raining but while we where gone the weather came out sunny as, when we got back... well man the bees could have flown away with the shed you couldn't see for bees just a dark cloud, there was nothing I could do till dark, amazing though they didn't upset any of the neighbors, phew. My son was so impressed he videoed it he seen nothing like it.
  11. Yea phill I understand why you are doing it, good idea, I was meaning in general at this time of year, I use inside feeders in my nucs but it would be disastrous if i feed them at the moment.
  12. Sorry don't know why so many went up admin may be able to sort that.
  13. Inside feeders are pretty much a no go this time of year I dont understand why you would do it, top feeders mostly ok but if hive is a bit week and it's a madlib top feeder you could say see you later, also the fact theres just simply to many bees around. Some seasons are worse than others but generally this time of year is a nightmare and feeding with inside feeders is I consider a no, no. This is what happens when extraction roun door isn't shut properly at this time of year
  14. Yea currently it is for 200 strips, I have a old deep fryer and I throw them in the morning and walk away then at end of day take them out and then do another 200 over night, the calculation is a bit over estimated as I dont use the full 2kw ( Full heat) I couldn't be be bothered working it out, so just went of maximum kw of heating, to be honest its probably 1/2 or less but that goes in my favor. When I change to gas and go to 800 strips which is what I have set up for my next batch and i have calculated that cost also, (another refill page haha, ) the strips will be cheaper again, but for now that's how I've been doing it and that was my costing.
  15. Ok guys I have attached my costings for my oa/gly treatment, the missus nicely typed it up for me, I just had it scribbled on refill paper, I could probably make it read a bit better but it gives you a indication of what my costs are, some of my concerns with the cardboard are it holds a lot of ingredient for the surface area it provides, and my next strips that I ordered will hold more as they are longer so I think I will somewhat exceed the 18gm per brood box if I use the same amount of strips. But it's work in progress so in a few years I should have it sussed, on a side note I already exceed the 18gm per box in spring to a total of 25.6gm I have seen no harm from this but that may have to do with my placement. Oxalic Acid Glycerine strips costing.pdf Oh if anyone finds issues with my calculations please feel free to judge, I can handle, it was a quick work out, though I gave it a quick proof, i may have missed something
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