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Kiwi Bee last won the day on September 11 2019

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  1. Here I go, with a new set up. As I mentioned earlier this year my biggest problem every season is to recover from the damages caused by the waxmoth. So, I re-set all the brood nests swapping frames of food or merging hives. Now I have colonies with 1 and 2 brood boxes, lots of bees, brood and some food(the food may not be enough till September however I'll sort that out later as needed). On top of each hive I have 1 or 2 empty honey supers(some frames don't have any comb either - I scrape the honey combs when harvesting the honey). All plastic frames. I plan to leave this set-up till late May or early Jun and remove the supers and stack them on a pallet with mesh at the bottom and the top to provide ventilation(not sure yet what to use to prevent rain getting into the boxes). And meanwhile I hope no waxmoth invasion will happen. if needed, I start feeding 1:1 syrup in early Jul otherwise late Jul. For feeding I only have the next options: - dry sugar or a patty on a paper on the top of the brood nest/frames - syrup in buckets (I use special ply lids with holes and 2L buckets) - I like the idea to try the drum feeding. I use a drum + petrol pump to make the syrup anyway. However I don't know how successful this method can be in the rainy winter I'm afraid to feed some extra food now because the hives may spread the brood nest upwards into the empty honey supers too. All the hives have mesh floors. How can I do things better?
  2. Where is the Show your varroa tester thread?
  3. @StephenPfrom what you say it seems to be PMS. OA/GL staples may killed the sick bees and the queen holds back too since there may not be enough nurses either.
  4. Thank you guys for the guidance. New idea. When I put the treatment into the hive I'll swap the middle box for the top box(to have the honey in the middle). Maybe I should add one more QE, below top box then to keep the queen in the 3rd box. Two months later when I'll remove the treatment, I'll also swap bottom box for top box(there will be no queen in the middle box). Also I'm considering to keep swapping bottom box for top box every 6 weeks in the winter. Does it make sense? Yes, I can do a split too.
  5. I have two hives that were running all season with two queens. I planed to remove the older one however today I got a new plan to winter these two hives jusat like that. Bottom box has the older queen and good brood and lots of bee bread + some honey(not too much). Next is the QE, then second box with the younger queen(daughter of the older one). Lots of brood, bee bread and honey. Third box has some brood and almost full of honey. I plan to put treatment in all three boxes and keep the configuration till spring. I wish to have stronger colonies in the early spring. See how this two colonies go through the winter.
  6. @Alastair, I was looking to an old Kansai like that on Marketplace last year. It was very cheap but not 100% functional. I did not want to waste time and money to fix it so I got a small Singer from Spotlight. I saw a video on youtube about a Kansai with 5 needles and this was the only reason why I was interested to buy one. I did not know about the elastic thingy(thanks @Philbee for that info). My first staples were made with zig-zag seams. It is using up a lot of tread(too many bobbins to refill). My last staples have straight seams made with a twin needle. And yes, for both type of seams I have to run the rolls twice(near one edge then the other too, so with my last design I'll have four straight seams total). Just as I predicted a couple of years ago(or a bit more) the new manuka standards will and they already did create a war. You no longer can can make a "normal" income from your average honey? Move your hives over someone else's if there is a bit of manuka bush. You no longer can can make a "normal" income from selling hive gear and bkping equipment? Copy and sale treatments based on OA or why not flumetrin, amitraz. This is how I see things happening. And it is not a healthy competition on the market. @JohnFthat is my plan for spring treatment too for four layered staples. However for autumn I'll go with sewed three layers.
  7. @tristan, i was expecting you to comment on the suspension and the carburetor
  8. Here is another research https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26866756
  9. Try duckduckgo.com in the future https://duckduckgo.com/?q=is+the+ice+on+anctarticaq+melting&t=h_&ia=web You think like a honey bee, not like a human 😁
  10. Does anybody know when will this $3/kg air on Country Calendar?
  11. I'll give it back to the owner...... for 250
  12. We are getting there. I was prepared this s[ring to remove the staples at week 4 and put new ones in however I am happy to leave them like that till next couple of weeks and then remove them as the flow starts.
  13. My hives started to build up. Still lot of equalization to do. The most common thing I noticed in every hive in the apiary(weaker and stronger too) is the compact brood. Very beautiful brood. This tells me that over the last few years the spring uncompact brood was a result of the varroa's viruses. I always used bayvarol for autumn and apivar for spring treatment(from 2019 autumn I use only staples - autumn batch was in all winter). A small flow is already there and they filled up the brood nest with fresh pollen too. While the weaker hives still have staples in there, the stronger ones destroyed them almost 100%. Splitting, second brood box, stealing capped brood was a must do management. Also I added new staples. Just finished a small but new batch(still three layers of plastering paper but this time I used a twin needle to make a double straight line sawing close to each edge of the staples).
  14. @Philbee you said that your "X" hive had the staples in from april till recently. Did you do a tongue test? Was there any acid left? How/why did the bees not chew those staples in bits and pieces? What do you think? @Alastair you said that those hives where you added an extra box, hoping the bees will expand the brood, actually shrank. When you added the extra box did you put staples in that box? I just did the same now in the spring Few of my hives looked like that they'll benefit if there will be an extra box especially because I don't plan to visit them for 4 weeks. So I added the extra box and I put staples into it too. I'll check them in a couple of weeks.
  15. It may not be the right thread however I don't want to open a new one just for a post. Admin please remove if not in compliance with the rules. I have a few years old solar beeswax melter to give away for free. Lately I don't have enough sun in my backyard(large trees shading) so I changed method. It is made of pine wood(18mm thickness) well painted. Inside has corrugated steel sheet + some stainless steal and a 6mm glass on top. The top edge is sealed with wedge. At the bottom end it has a compartment that fits three ice-cream containers to collect the beeswax. Inside loading bay 900mm x 500mm x 180mm. Pick up in west Auckland.
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