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Gavin Smith last won the day on September 9 2015

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  1. Details please, why did you do it? i was thinking full frames for caging. How long was too long. Please
  2. Happy with my treatment, my loses seem no higher then most i know of. Was just looking to add tool to the job. Thanks for the info.
  3. As i say i have used it solely for four years. Our winter temps seem to allow treatment even below optimum. My spring loses range between 10 /15%. Mostly colony collapse to varroa. I want to try caging the queen then treating three weeks later before releasing her. Idea is to basically clean all he brood and bees. Picking early june would suit before wintering down tight.
  4. I sell honey to Aussie tourists daily, they declare it and no problems. Western Australia and Kangaroo island absolutely no. They buy it because it tastes so good, so they tell me.
  5. I run 70 hives as organically as i can. The last four years all my treatments have been with Apigaurd. I also have a retail honey outlet and meet beeks from all over the world weekly. I was chatting with some german beeks and french last week. They both had long brood breaks and this is a real plus for the control of varroa. I by contrast have no brood break which led me to wonder if i could cage my queens to enforce a brood break. My greatest losses are from varroa over load in july/ august. Is there anyone out there has tried this? Any thoughts on how to do it ,/ Thanks
  6. I take it you are putting the brood on top with and excluder under. I tried it last season with several hives. As predicted by @faz the bees like to store honey above the brood and they did. They choked the top of the brood and it reduced brood development. Under supering the brood was fine but the hives did not produce as well as traditional hives. They tended to draw frames striaght down through the centre and leave light frames outside. Not something i will repeat, i had hoped it would make brood checks easier and save my back.
  7. Different point of view, since the rains a month ago most of the AKL region has food. I often find a hive thats got testy at this stage has varroa load. Check for varroa.
  8. oh dear, conversation over. This could have been such fun.
  9. mine are in 20 litre buckets so it takes 24hrs to get heated right through then another 24hrs stir and sieve. works well. Also do this with scrapings of bush or crystallized pohutukawa.
  10. I put them in buckets in the hot box for a few days and stir as they honey melts. honey settles and wax floats. Finally take the wax and place in sieves above the bucket gets most of it. Then wash wax and filter honey . I do this with each extraction for bulk Tutin test composite.
  11. We are not paying for it. It was an eventuality we fore saw and contingency is in place.
  12. They wouldn't have those wasp waists if they did.
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