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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. Good that this system works and saves either a cut-out or destroy situation, but generally with swarms from unknown origins, we were taught to always use new frames and wax, so any AFB spores in the honey they were carrying would be used up drawing out wax, and safely out of harms way.
  2. We have a first year in our group who got a sting under his nose, and landed up looking like elephant man three hours later, so inner city jafaland medical centre fired off an epipen, and sent him to A & E who said that if they had seen him first, would not have given him one. Fortunately the GP in his family has advised him to take a non-drowsy anti-histamine before he works his hives to lower the risk, so that may be another way of helping dealing with this. I find sometimes I get far more reaction than others, and think that the nectar source may have an influence, but not a shred of evidence.
  3. I'm an unabashed hobby beek like Tommy Dave. I am definitely not really fit to carry the smoker of the likes of Alastair, and I am well aware of the huge chasm from me to those who have earned their living working fulltime for decades, and who did 'apprenticeships with as good as there was in the industry at the time.
  4. For new hobby beeks, we get 35 mm sidebar kitsets, as it means they are a close fit with little room to make mistakes. Some of the plastic frames - some white ones in particular have 31 mm sidebars, and Ecrotek plastic ones are 33 mm, so that can also change the fit of them in a box.
  5. At the start of his second summer, he 'gave' the ABC queens for all the clubs hives - their crop from 8 hives was 118 kg, and just a block up the road a first year with two hive did 90 kg. He continues to sell the rubbish queens, and nucs widely, including Trademe.
  6. Calling an introduction to hobby beekeeping 8 lesson course as an adequate training and then calling himself a commercial four months later really gets to the heart of the arrogance of the fellow, and shows the core problems in the industry, never mind the simpletons pledging money to fund it all.
  7. Starting page 120 in Practical Beekeeping in NZ by Andrew Matheson and Murray Reid cover the whole topic of moving hives very well, and there are other references through the book. When you have a problem, that is the first reference to use, alongside the yellow AFB book and the green varroa book. If you use online information (other than on this forum), you will continue to have problems, as anyone can post anything they wish, and much is guided by what they are trying to sell you.
  8. As long as you drizzle it with Speights, should all be good, regardless of the recipe you use.
  9. Some of the Chinese hive tools are the very ones that used to be sold at a far higher price when there was only one local Auck supplier - identical size, outline and weight. Truth is, I have only ever heard of them break with a man using them, so perhaps women just use them in a different way, and we all manage to get our hives open.
  10. Maybe "Evergreen' rides again? Court case over and fined, but no embargo on them keeping on keeping on!
  11. That map is rubbish - the Auck Council are already warning of the need to conserve water as the city supply dams are well down, it is regularly being advertised in the media.
  12. Please bear in mind that Britain has had varroa much longer than we have in NZ, so has had many more generations to evolve VSH characteristics. Our bees will get there, just not anytime soon, without a lot of human intervention, which, if not properly managed will narrow the range of the gene pool, which right now we have a huge advantage over most countries.
  13. Randy Oliver spoke about treatment free beekeeping while out here in 2011 for the NBA Conference, we realised that at that time, Randy was in the business of producing nucs for which he was able to charge a premium, so was able to cost in brood breaks, so this would not really translate to viable beekeeping for those who are reliant on pollination and a honey crop.
  14. They tried the 'no treatment' approach in Russia when varroa first appeared, and when over 95% of the total number of colonies were dead, and the whole food chain was collapsing, the illustrious rulers decided that maybe that wasn't the way to go.
  15. Revolutionary have what I have been told a really tight patent which they guard very carefully, so would need a real point of difference to negate the need to spend time and money arguing.
  16. Originally for the first year, you could buy the revolutionary unit, but then you could only lease, and a condition was that the owners extraction plant had to be used for the further processing, so that meant that most were faced with a considerable distance to cart the pails anyway, and I heard a take it or leave it price paid for the honey. About then the company seemed to become more difficult to contact as few found that suitable.
  17. There have historically been pockets of AFB in the Waitaks, so I would be thinking more about that risk, rather than the mythical colony which is totally varroa resistant. To me, not worth the risk or time.
  18. I know an excellent long-term beekeeper who was an early adopter, and bought one of the revolutionary gizmos, and loves it, but this only removes the comb and wax off the frames into bucket which then need to go to an extraction plant to process. as I see it, one of the main advantages of the system is that of disease control - the beekeepers boxes and frames stay on the correct hive, and as there is going to be an increasing risk in bigger plants with different beekeepers supers sitting in hot rooms, and post extraction in storage until picked up, and possibly exchanging all sorts of greebies especially in the changed estate of the industry. The downside if one could call it that is that bees have to draw out new foundation every time a frame is extracted, so not same economy of energy. Right now when wax is fetching a high price there must be added value in the increased wax produced - perhaps balancing out the lower honey production.
  19. The development of queens producing stock with higher VSH characteristics is still a work in progress, mainly based Otago University, but will only improve with time as the longer it is since varroa arrived, the further the VSH characterisics have developed. The trick is to not narrow the gene pool too much in the process. In Europe, some are mating a queen artificially with one drone only to get a 90%+ VSH rating, which I think is plain stupidity because only breeding for one thing means a whole lot of other positive things are lost, and very quickly.
  20. I don't know the details of the RMP setups, but I think an NP1 would be hard to formulate without the use of some final hot water washdown. The stationary ones I have seen have used gas to reduce the electrical draw down, and there are vagaries in moving gas around the country in large cylinders.
  21. If wekas dump on carpet while on a diet of ripe puriri berries there is no getting the stain out - cheaper to cut out and repair the section of carpet.
  22. Would also need a massive mobile generator as most of the machinery in a commercial size plant is 3 phase, and really sucks the juice through, even using gas to heat the wash down water.
  23. So, thinking this is your kitchen, you are on ' short rations'?
  24. Much of the cost of new housing is the change in expectations in size, and facilities - imagine a new house with only one bathroom? We are demanding huge homes with all the best of bells and whistles when most families have never spent so little time as a family as they do now.
  25. The problem is that unlike any other time in our history, we now have true 'city children' being raised in inner-city apartments, who are ill-fitted to live rurally, and have been educated to believe that BA or B Com degrees will provide them with all they need to earn big dollars. By the time they hit the labour market in early twenties, they have a huge student debt, and absolutely no work experience, with huge expectations as starting work as a CEO.
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