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About Stoney

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    House Bee

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    Okuku
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    Commercial Beekeeper

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  1. Stoney

    Wasp nest close to my hives

    Red meat mince, 10ml fipronil to 1litre water spray small amount of the mixture on the mince and mix through, place bait when wasps are actively hunting insects/ spiders and good bye wasps. I have had half handfuls of bait removed in an hour before. Very effective. By 14 days later you will see as serious drop in activity. Keep away from water sources. I bait on fenceposts around bush edges sand up in branches around head height sad soon as I see them hunting. Vespex is of course a product based on this and available to buy ready to go.
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    Manuka fail

    Southern bees love the EPs... southern mites despise
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    afb bonfire

    Here in canterbury we currently have a fire ban, however if I need to burn AFB I can apply for a special permit to do so, this is dependent on meeting certain criteria. We have successfully applied for permits to burn AFB during fire bans in the past.
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    Bearding pics

    Heck no mate.. not those plastic hives. We lost thousands of plastic FRAMES that were inside wooden boxes.
  5. Stoney

    Bees and babys.

    I believe the dried venom coming in contact with them through both breathing into lungs and also externally on the skin causes their bodies to build a huge defence reaction and then suddenly when the venom is pumped into there body through a natural sting it goes into a big over the top defence reaction causing anaphylaxis. Theres a large number of beekeepers kids allergic (anaphylactic) .
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    Bees and babys.

    I understand why you would want to do this however if I was you I’d still consult someone in the medical trade... definately buy an epi pen for home. I cant stress this enough. Their wee bodies don’t handle the hit like our wrinkly weathered leather skin does... the signs can be minute as in my boys case.. only a slight cough.. very hard to miss when at home. We live a wee way from help too.
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    Bees and babys.

    Definitely continue, next Thursday is next attempt.. this is the new RUSH treatment.. obviously being so sensitive to bee venom we will have to revert to the “old” way. One part sting per week building up to a full dose over a few weeks. RUSH was 5 stings day one and two totalling a full sting dose each day then weekly then monthly for 5 yrs. whole program still will be over 5 yrs
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    Bees and babys.

    My 6 yr old son suffered anaphylaxis last October following a bee sting at home, it was his 3 rd sting with the first 2 being on his feet off the lawn (kiwi as) with no real reactions. Yesterday was his first day of the RUSH treatment at CH CH hospital, the plan was 5 stings 1 hr apart starting with a dose of 1/1000 of a full hit. Everything went well up till the last dose.. 15 minutes following it he developed a tiny cough, concern was noted and coughing was timed by the fantastic team of nurses.. increased cough timing was the only symptom, heart rate remained the same as pre treatment hours earlier. We were then seen by the specialist by which time Caleb had become wheezy. Within 30seconds of the wheezing he had the adrenaline needle hanging out of his thigh.. damn. This kicked things up a gear with us bundled into a single room, hooking him up to monitors etc, all pretty scary for him who moments earlier had been quietly watching dirt bikes on the I Pad. With no decrease in his wheezing a 2nd shot of the good juice was delivered, followed by me spending last night in the chair beside his hospital bed... thinking about my chosen path in life.. All his early life I had been pretty casual about my bee suit in the house, I work gloveless and if hot have my sleeves rolled up meaning the venom both on my skin and leaching out in my sweat he was exposed to. Also the dried venom on my suit being spilt into the house as a fine powder to be breathed in. Also washing my filthy suit in the house machine with other clothing on the odd occasion. There is a high number of beekeepers kids doing this program.. this isn’t a coincidence. Bee venom can kill, think about that.. think about the exposure you may be giving your wee ones or even grandkids.., their wee bodies can build a really strong reaction to the venom you can’t see on you or your gear and no one will know until that sunny arvo on the lawn kicking the ball around and you get caught holding a big filthy surprise. Epipens in an easy spot, beesuits not in the house, beesuits soaked and washed with the hose outside, wash/ change before playing with the wee ones. Just some small snippets of advise from someone that found out the hard way.
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    Storing supers

    Jeez.. makes my 2c look a wee bit on the tight side.. I suppose if you take into consideration the exchange rate...
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    landcruiser 70 series upgrades

    Ahem... actually I'd hazard a guess and say Stonemasonry is older.. possibly even the same age as prostitution as the masons would have needed a hand to unload their rocks...
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    Storing supers

    This will create a huge webbed mess and increase wax moth numbers. Wax is worth good money why not melt it all down and store in blocks or sell and use the coin to buy new .. my 2c worth.
  12. Stoney

    February 2019 diary

    I had bees sprayed a couple yrs ago during pollination with an "organic oil" they took a lot of love and attention and time to come right... spoke to that cocky this arvo.. he mentioned spraying- I mentioned shifting out... we reached an arrangement.
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    February 2019 diary

    James did they use Metsulfuron on the gorse?
  14. Stoney

    Are you a member of APINZ?

    This is true in some cases however we sell thousands of queens all around the country for use making splits, pretty tight schedule as the splits are often made in advance of the courier delivery, if they are short on numbers (poor caging weather) or late can cause issues. Hiveware prices should also start to drop back I’d say now that things have cooled off.
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    What is an acceptable margin

    It also cost a few x to get it from the producers drum to the shelf.
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