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  1. It’s an interesting observation you have made.. however in my opinion, a shotgun brood pattern is caused from issues un related to ox/gl staples being placed in the hive. My question was, do you notice the same effect following an oxalic dribble where the bees have consumed an amount of oxalic acid?.. i haven’t used ox dribble before so have no idea of any negative effects observed following a dribble treatment.
  2. For sure paddy.... pretty darn good on vanilla ice cream and fruit as well as in the bowl of weetbix .
  3. Agree.. There are commercial beekeepers around here and I’m included that after last seasons issues would potentially not have been giving the kids much on the old dinner plate but for honeydew sandwiches... and she’s a bit runny for the Sammy option....
  4. I’m sure you will spot it on your regular inspections if it does show up. When we find afb on a pallet we usually find another one or two on that pallet, sometimes up to a yr later.. which is interesting because we full brood check risk sites ( where afb has been found) every round of the season.
  5. I believe there is nothing illegal with this system, I am running a 2 part oxalic acid varroa treatment experiment on my hives... and openly communicating the results as I see them and as they happen. So after opening hundreds and hundreds of hives so far this season I’ve hardly seen a mite.. that feels pretty good. What I have seen is a very fast build up of very clean bees on a seriously solid willow flow, my boots are soaked at the end of the day with nectar from the brood frames I’m inspecting.. while grinning like a fat cat.
  6. From memory I think 12.5 days is the earliest for visible afb symptoms to appear .. but this will depend on the queen, as it may be a swarm with virgin.. which will take longer. Always afb check once the brood is capped to reduce the chance of your swarm bees feeding larvae with infected honey and initiating the disease please always use foundation for swarms. It’s industry best practice... simple as that. They draw the frames out incredibly fast and by the time it’s drawn the Queen is usually laying up a storm.
  7. My experience with big staple chewing thumper colonies shows no signs of shotgun brood patterns or any negative effects at all other than where some of them remove the comb to avoid the wide staple.
  8. I’ve not used oxalic /syrup drizzle before but is this effect also noted when bees are dribbled?
  9. I think after the colony has spent some time in “the gym” it will need to relax.... I’m offering the all new, never seen before, revolutionary.. “BEE LOUNGE” for the reduced opening special wonderfully wonderfull price of $299.. this gets you a parrafin dipped pine Full depth “large lounge” area box, filled with fully capped honey frames.. in this ultra trendy box your bees can enter and find “all the work has been done” therefore they can waggle dance together or simple just hang around with the girls. Message me to place your orders but be quick, these won’t last long at this price.
  10. You may have mistaken “emergency” cells with swarm cells.. the old queen does not lay eggs right up to the big exit.. often there is no sign of the old queen as the first virgins emerge.. yesterday we had a rager in a yard, they were all ragers but this one was big, no eggs, no marked Q, only 5-6 day old Q sign, the bees appear to do a “stop and vibrate” dance at this point of swarming.. I figure communicating the imminent first virgins emergence.. there is definitely a point of no return where it doesn’t really matter the manipulation you perform they will still go hang in a bush..
  11. Sorry Matt .. just re read your post. Been a long day.
  12. Hard case and possibly not very helpful to the thread but I have the opposite to Matt, I regularly use Q cells built via swarm urge and place in a freshly made nuc using all the same bees/ brood. I find mixing up bees from different colonies they will draw their own cells from eggs and remove any existing. I use cells staged from an egg in cup through to emerging always made from the same bees/colony and with good success.
  13. Last season at this time ours were flat out removing them and they were placed opposite ends as per my method.. just an interesting note really.. not sure why as strength is definitely there. .. I mean some are certainly removing them but overall nothing like last season.. this season round here is poles apart from the last .. thank the gods, having a very good willow flow currently things are extremely positive. Regular rain to boot. Last year we got a springs worth of rain during the Manuka’s patchy flowering.
  14. Oxalic staples may be a good option as there would be a couple of good folds worth in each one.. Anyhoo... interesting to see this seasons chewing has been fairly minimal, staples in end of August, bees built well and had top splits made above entranced mat placing a ripe cell, mating appears good so far with a couple more days to wait for capped brood.. downstairs in the engine room last yrs queens are chugging away on a nice willow flow and the miteless colony is barely touching the staples.
  15. Crack willow flower is only just opening around my sites, pussy been flowering a while but is few and far between. Theyve been drawing wax.
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