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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. Possibly just bees in robbing mode - they tend to move around as a buzzing hoard.
  2. Usually feed at the top of the hive, so robbers have to run the gauntlet of the guard bees to reach it, and with a reduced entrance, guards should win. Feeding at the bottom was always going to be a problem, as guards are on a hiding to nothing.
  3. I thought that Tony Alexanders article was really interesting, but didn't factor in the drop in oil prices internationally - the Russians and the Middle East are in a battle which will impact USA hugely, as it will drop their income at a time when their trade wars with many countries are only just starting to hit home.
  4. Perhaps a 'home' of bamboo in short lengths stacked and in an open front box - let them hibernate in the house, and then 'gift' to somewhere far, far away.
  5. Thank you @Katipo, had always wondered why everyone got caught up in draping strips over frames as I thought it must make them more difficult to remove. Conventional strips are suspended, Apivar I put toothpicks in to make life easier - wouldn't like to do that as a commercial, but with a few hives, hobbyist can do that quite easily.
  6. Overnight on Al Jazeera, Trump did a press conference stating that USA will not have a lockdown, apparently it is not the American way, so soon we will see what would have happened had our government put short-term money in front of peoples lives. Pushing a button would be only marginally worse than what could now be about to happen in the US. Darwinism is alive and well!
  7. At least at this time of the year, most honey is off, and treatments in, so what better time to sit down and plan for next season, work out what needs replacing or refurbishing, and then starting to work on the to do list in the shed.
  8. Excellent suggestion, that woman certainly didn't evoke any sympathy here..
  9. Lynda Hallinan - ex editor of NZ Gardner has posted an excellent 'beginners guide to fast growing food', and is widely followed, and given that everyone will hopefully be spending more time at home in the near future unale to do the things they usually do, whatever seeds she talked about, instantly sold out. She grew micro-greens in used coffee cups, so appealed to the greeny yuppie types.
  10. Obviously not, or else Auck would have unloaded lecherous Len before he started his second term. But on second thoughts, we would need a seperate one just for the lunacy of our super skitty.
  11. That is the best of the new charges, it no longer pays to have dump sites, Yahoo!
  12. The old stuff is a far heavier gauge than the new spit through on a few years product, so well worth salvaging.
  13. Knowing how many eggs are in each cell is more important than more photos - all eggs of laying workers are drones, and raising them would further weaken the hive.
  14. Sixteen year old grandson told me a four months ago that Warren Buffett had been cashing up, he reckoned the US would crash because you can't hold trade wars with virtually every large country in the world at once and win, so Trumpty de dump has been rescued with an excuse to explain the drop, it was already going to happen.
  15. @olbe - would you please share which cardboard are you using, or are you using gib-tape?
  16. In chemical manufacturing plants there are samples for testing, but also a reasonably large sample which is the 'retained sample' labeled with batch number and date which is generally kept for 5 years, so if there are ever any questions over time about a batch, staff can refer back to the retained samples.
  17. Lovely story for first post @Carol Thompson, welcome to the forum.
  18. Someone who knows more than me will be along soon, but to me there may well be a queen, but her ability to lay will be suppressed because of the lack of honey near the brood.
  19. Very puzzled, are you not the same identity as set up Puriti, as you only have only two posts?
  20. Time some of you women pulled rank and pointed out that men generally has a higher accident rate, so you drive and new slave inducted.
  21. Most importantly, have you narrowed the entrance down on both hives - if not, that is a do now job, as you know you have robbing going on.
  22. Thread with photos was possibly a couple of years ago, and can't find it. Too IT challenged to post photo, but it is the same range as you show in the photo you posted above, only you put the white basket out of the 500 ml size into the 1 litre container from the same range - often used to be on sale at the Warehouse. That way, when you roll and shake, the varroa are able to drop away from the bees for counting.
  23. Most of us have what was called the @Dennis Crowley setup, the 1 litre container with the basket out of the 500 ml container. Leaves plenty of room for the fallout - the Red Shed has them on special often.
  24. Think you have stumbled on a much overlooked possible target market, just hope they tell their friends who tell their friends....
  25. Some of the $2 shops have packets of about 5 of the sports ball inflator fittings that fit in the tyre pump fitting which work well only need a 3 mm hole in container, and all good to go.
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