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Stoney last won the day on December 24 2019

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  1. I would say anything placed it a beehive is very quickly spread to all corners, perhaps a glycerine and food colouring or blue light dye test could be done to show this. The constant movement of the bees to all areas including inside the cells surely means this is the case.
  2. What does the bush look like wider scale Kaihoka? Is this the only red tree in the vicinity or are we looking like it’s going to bloom wider scale?
  3. Let me know if you would like some... can wheel a few drums to you no drama. Agree though, very versatile is our Beech Dew.... hot drinks , meat marinades... baking...etc. Never granulates, has a nice strong Smokey caramel flavour that enhances venison steak when mixed with soy, garlic and a touch of Chinese 5 spice.. mmmm
  4. Very true.. gone are those days.. but then some of us living out in the sticks still hold true those ways set into us by dads and grandads etc.. had to drive into the big smoke today to collect some frames.. first time for a long time.. jeez I wish I could build a big wall and fence them all in it. Very sorry if I may have offended any town folk 😬
  5. Italians.. although the east coast bees are becoming darker now that work has halved the queen unit opting for cells out on production sites.. it doesn’t take long to see the change.
  6. They’re slowly getting cheaper.. at least it would be tax deductible. Wink wink The work hives we run on the west coast can be hard to contain specially with the regular wet weather and big honeyflows quite often they are down to a few hundred bees and a dozen hatched cells but you never see the swarms they just vanish into the thick jungle.. the cost of finding them would be far more than would be acceptable of course but I do wonder where they end up and how long they survive.
  7. Do you think a thermal would see the heat signature of swarms living in the bush? We have work sites targeting willow areas for spring build up and there’s been many times over the yrs when you stand up and scratch your head while looking out into the tangled mess of broken and hollow willows asking yourself... I wonder where this colony has gone...? Ive only ever cut 2 ferals out of the willows.. actually one I cut out the other I petrolled and expanding foam treated.
  8. Wasn’t expecting to be here a few days before Santa arrives.. last winter I built all the gear I thought I’d need for my leap into the honey tank.. so anyway here I am.. sweating over the superdipper punching through another couple Hundy boxes. Been a pretty solid flow and found myself using more than expected.. My bees will be out on the hill today... hopefully paying this bill 😳
  9. Not everyone has serious pressure on their boundaries from other beeks kaihoka.. specially down here in the south, however the honey test isn’t as strong. That batch of Allistar’s buddy should grow to 15+ with DHA that high. MGO and DHA are used to forecast the growth. That is as long as this test was taken at harvest and not after storage where it may have already grown.
  10. Alistair a couple of points to note, your testing of bees, all be it not exactly as instructed, showed high nasties, also in your words staples were used “the wetter the better” and “straight through the brood, no pussy footing round the edge”... also very little forage entering the hive during treatment are all fairly large clues I think. Really wish I had the magic reason to put the finger on but honestly I don’t think there is only one. I think it’s a combination of factors. I definitely think this type of treatment is better early spring or late summer than over winter and not the first time I’ve said that. if it doesn’t work for anyone for whatever reason why not just stick with synthetic treatments that do the job for you?
  11. Please take some time to read through the oxalic acid thread, the journey from start up until now is fairly well documented along with pics and the odd hiccup here and there along the way. Attempting to know everything and run eyes closed full throttle into it may result in some tears.
  12. As mentioned in oxalic thread.. 4 per brood. DRY, on alternate frames , 2-4-6-8 and alternate ends on the edge of the brood. Our bees winter well.. pics posted.. usually 2-3 boxes of bees, 6-8 brood. Higher altitude a bit smaller.. wintered with oxalic. Randomly some hives take a hit. First treatment for my hives end of July- early aug. (bush flow. No sugar) work hives on the flat, treated aug fed sugar. Work hives treatment replaced continuous til main Manuka flow- dec, my hives this season almost zero chewing so spring I chewed treatment removed as prepped/ harvested for Manuka end of Nov.
  13. I understand.. but bear in mind we treat our bees well early starting in August not close to the main flow .. so we have time for anything knocked back to recover and recover they do.. still in time to produce the goods.
  14. Maybe just maybe a few of them deadouts were repopulated with ya neighbours swarms.. we had a doozy at work last year into a row of pallets ofboxes... was 4 boxes of brood deep once discovered.
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