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Curious George

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  1. I wonder how someone as an equipment supplier, who didn't actually keep bees of their own, would get on?
  2. The one I work for has one of those too - and only very recently did they remove the "will be shot" clause from the list of punishments for it!
  3. Nice spot up there, @BRB - must be a neat view!
  4. A rather heavy show just passed over-head here, still raining lightly. Looks to be blowing your way Rob, but may dry up before it gets there with any luck. Right as I was getting ready to do some concreting too!
  5. Welcome to the Wairarapa, Rob. The last couple of days have been quite the excitement - so much for @yesbut's weather predictions a few days ago! Will be heading out tonight to feed my home hives - they'll be tearing through their stocks at this rate.
  6. How big are the bales, @Rob Stockley? I brought a wool fadge from RD1 a few weeks ago that was compressed full, around the $80 mark.
  7. I have found five or six so far this year - mostly in the house. They have been hibernating in my wood shed and when brought inside, warm up and begin flying around. Squash! I was thinking about putting a bug bomb in the woodshed and putting a tarp over the front to seal it best I could, but it's only about 10m away from the hives, and don't want to nuke them with the fumes.
  8. Hmmm Tom I would question that - I was always taught to add acid to water. The process of adding water to acid is a highly exothermic process which releases a large amount of heat. When acid is added to water with constant stirring the heat is evolved gradually and absorbed by a large amount of water. As a result, acid doesn't splash out and thus no acid burn takes place.
  9. We were posted from palmy two years ago, spent last year in Waiouru, and now to Wellington.
  10. Hi Rob, I'm a little further south in Featherston. Would definitely like to catch up over a cup of tea or a smoker one day. There is a Wairarapa beeking club on Facebook and although I haven't had a chance to go along yet, they do seem very active.
  11. Thank you all very much, I am once again further learned.
  12. @Trevor Gillbanks, Trev, many moons ago you recommended a particular brand of hand pruning saw to me, but I have forgotten the name - could you remind me please? This could have been a PM, but others will probably benefit from the knowledge too. Cheers
  13. We're having quite the problem with them here too. They're going through poison like it's candy, but I keep finding dead rodents so it's working...
  14. Drowning them in cheap beer, jam and water is working reasonably well here.
  15. I imagine there would come a point where the hive would collapse and abandon the location as the constant flume of oxalic would severely interfere with their pheromones. Where this point is though I'm not sure - every day / second day / five days?
  16. Very watery - you want them to drown in it.
  17. @Dave Black, forgive my ignorance, but would the fact that they haven't been using Bayvarol for over a decade in Germany mean that the mites would "lose" their resistance to it? I understand that the resistance is a chance mutation that is then passed on, but if that mutation no longer was an advantage (ie Bayvarol no longer in use) would it still be prevalent? Please forgive my murdering of the language of your field, hopefully the gist of what I'm asking is there.
  18. I'd give them a call tomorrow. In my first year of beeking, I had no idea about this levy. In fact, the first I knew of it was a physical letter saying they were going to be taking debt recovery action against me. Apparently they had emailed me twice, but as I don't make a habit of checking the spam folder, and it getting emptied automatically every 30 days, their emails had gone the way of the Dodo.
  19. Great to meet a fellow beek from here on the forums. @HSV_Darren has a great spot for his hives, I'm definitely jealous. As he has mentioned, we went through the suspect hive in great detail and although it has a very high mite load and lots of dmv, there was nothing that we saw requiring a bonfire - a huge relief all round. Bit of a feed, some varroa treatment and a close eye should see this hive bounce back ok. Full credit to Darren though for putting his hand up publicly and asking for help - it's attitudes like this that will help us work towards minimising or eradicating AFB.
  20. Thanks Frazz, I have learned someting already today!
  21. Perhaps MAQS might be a better option, or at least a treatment of MAQS and then Bayvarol? That woud at least drop the mite load down significantly at this later stage of Autum.
  22. Definitely glad I saw this thread here - got me wondering about why I hadn't got an invoice. Sure enough, there it was tucked away in the spam folder! Even google thinks it's a suspicious email...
  23. I'm in Featherston @HSV_Darren - having burnt a hive myself earlier this year I'm willing to have a look with you, but it would have to be tomorrow as I head back north for work in the evening - PM me if you like.
  24. I find that to be very interesting in regards to the ripped seat. The following are the only reasons that a vehicle can fail an inspection in relation to the drivers seat: -A seat frame or seat structure has been weakened, eg due to damage, corrosion or excessive wear. -The adjustment mechanism of a driver’s seat: does not operate, or is worn, causing excessive movement of the seat. -The attachment of the seat to the seat anchorage is loose or weakened by damage. -The attachment of the seat anchorage to the vehicle structure is loose or weakened by damage. -There is corrosion damage within 150mm of a seat anchorage. -There is corrosion damage within 300mm of the anchorage of a seat with integrated seatbelt anchorages. -A driver’s seat is in such a condition that it does not allow the driver to have proper control of the vehicle. So with the above in mind, a ripped seat would have to be pretty horrific to cause a fail.
  25. Having seen that a few times with work vehicles, usually you'll see the tyres on the trailer catch first - I could be wrong in this case, but they aren't burning on the drivers side...
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