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  1. 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).
  2. @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.
  3. 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.
  4. @Jamo I don't have commercial experience so I don't have the reason to give advice here. However When I come across a weak hive in the early spring(varroa or other reason) I no longer play with it like years ago when I did just like you(adding brood and bees). I better combine the weak hive with another strong one(first I kill the weak hive's queen). Or another way I do if the weather is fine and it is in the morning, I'll kill the queen and I give a lot of smoke to those bees to get some food into their mouth, then 10 minutes later I shake all the bees on the ground several meters away. I leave nothing where this hive was. The brood/food frames if any will be spread to other hives in the apiary. Obviously I check the weak hive for AFB before I "demolish" it. Vasteing the time to figure out what may be the reason behind weakening that hive(apart from AFB or obvious/visual varroa signs) it's not my cup of tee. I'm not that smart. 1 - Demolish the hive(takes minutes) 2 - Move on 3 - Make a split few weeks later if needed
  5. About 12km southwest of Maungaturoto. North of Maungaturoto. Roughly as far as to Auckland.
  6. @ChrisM, I found this site. However I never used this method. It sounds expensive however you have to try it yourself before you know for sure if it is worth. https://www.reddit.com/r/Beekeeping/comments/59o6vc/refining_propolis/
  7. I think a better reminder method will be via TXT message. Medical centers are using this method with no problem and they(some) have 10000+ clients(they are not texting all of them in the same time).
  8. After 4 weeks I checked mine ones last weekend and I replaced 98% of the staples. They were chewed and were falling down. I put the bits of "old" staples on the top of the frames hoping the bees will remove them from the hive(so they will get in touch with the OA and spread it more). No wash here and no visual sign of varroa or virus. The hives in the full sun are doing very good(some swarm cells - but I made the split so it is all good).
  9. Over the winter I scrapped all my honey supers and the frames and I have some propolis in 6 ice cream containers. I better start chewing it if it can not be sold. What is next? Royal jelly?
  10. The Konigin creamer explained a bit better.
  11. @CHCHPaulyou marked them before their mating flight?
  12. Yes, 1/1 syrup. However not with all the sugar in from the beginning. Let say 100L water in -> start the pump -> add the sugar by 10-20 kg at the time. As I said earlier it will take longer to mix the syrup but you can do it indoor too. Meanwhile my petrol pump is ready(the new fittings are on) and I got some sugar today. I will try to do the mix on Sat, depending on the weather condition.
  13. On the box of this pump Al-Ko 7500 it says that it can transfer debris of 30mm in diameter. However you do not know till you try. For $130 is not a big burn into the wallet(and all the extras you need are a drum and a hard wall hose of 3 m long). The Al-Ko 12000 is $199 - it is a bit bigger......... and I guess it is stronger too. These pumps will go more silent however it will take longer to finish the mix.
  14. What a weekend, what a disaster. I managed to set up my thank/drum and the petrol pump. However the pump sounded a bit too noisy in the backyard of the townhouse so I put everything in the SW and went into the apiary. Sweet, rain started purring however a tough bkper never gives up. Pump on a pallet, drum on the other pallet, water in, sugar in gooooo. Big mistake. The returning pipe(50mm hard wall) was not secured properly and withing a couple of seconds it jumped out of the drum with the pump running. Also it was full of sugar/water so in fall to the ground and it broke down the plastic outlet fitting of the pump(that fitting came with the pump). No tap at the bottom of the drum so the sugar/water mix washed the pump inside and outside too. Maybe 5-10 kg of sugar left into the drum. A good intuition I had, by taking an extra pail of water in the car and while I managed to spill half of it on the ground the other half was just enough to wash everything down and put them into the car. Today I got few new fittings - quick coupling. I just saw in Mitre 10 Mega the Al-ko submersible electric water pump for $130 and it can transfer debris too.
  15. My urban hives are going very well, while the rural ones are starving and are small. No losses to varroa or their viruses. New staples doing their job.
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