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  1. thanks @Philbee do you achieve it by pulling out all and replacing them as Alastair has done or do you just replace the holey chewed ones
  2. Oh I only replace mine if they are well chewed, @Philbee can you give your opinion.
  3. Excuse my ignorance but why did you replace them?
  4. Hi @Alastair I think @Phillbee recommends the strips in for 2 brood cycles. Will you be doing an alcohol wash or sticky board drop to see what you varroa levels are.
  5. What a doll, she is beautiful @Daley
  6. What does that honey taste like? Is it a good representation of our best bush honeys to get the consumers back buying? Has anyone tasted it? Just asking because I havent
  7. My thoughts as well, we are cycling our old frames out but often if I look into a failing hive I have two thoughts low pollen, (though not always) and excess older frames, and we know they not only hold chemicals in the wax but also diseases. So in my mind this equates to excess stress on the bees.
  8. Did you read it All?? looks like they are one of the buyers of Revolutionary Beekeeping. Just commenting. Bored and BNZ has crashed so cant pay some bills..oh well.
  9. To me that is a sign of Cororapa especially if your stores arent being robbed out. Pick up some bees and get it tested. Cororapa is a mix of 2 viruses Lotmaria Passim and Noseema Ceranae.
  10. So was out working the hives today, before rain. Liked what I saw Alcohol washed the first hive I went into strong happy hive. 1 varroa. All the autumn strips intact completely. Replaced the whole 4 The rest of the site - a few hives had the middle two eaten out others had them partially eaten and nearly all of the outside strips were intact. All had a good bite to them. So ended up replacing the middle two or 3 strips depending on brood numbers and left the very outside strips, either both outside ones or 1 depending on how many I was replacing. Who has taste tested new strips how strong are they compared to ones we take out? I dont know if I am game to taste new ones,dislike the taste of old ones. @Philbee just a thought If you changed the colour of the stitching on the strips every few months then people could track the age of their strips by the colour of the stitching bought in certain months. just an idea. Bees drowning in large numbers in top feeders, Bees in clumps on fence posts or railings looking lost. Bees all disappeared leaving plenty of stores in hive which dont get robbed out, unlike AFB. Only half a cup or less of bees left with a queen. Collect some (20) of those last bees put in ziplock bag and send to John McKay and DNature in Gisborne for testing. Those hives that have died out in this way are treated in our operation as follows. Seperated as diseased. Old frames get all wax blasted off. If frames are good for brood those boxes go into heat tent and get heated 40-50 degrees surposedly for 2 hours but often longer. Bases lids div boards queen excluders scrapped down and either go in heat tent, or dipped in janola, or if nothing done with them in winter and we are back to hot days are laid out in sun on very hot days singly exposed to heat and sunlight. By doing this we have reduced our disease loadings and now only get the occasional sick hive. We know we had corrorapa because we tested. We know cororapa is held in the wax because we sent our wax out of sick hives (ie cut out brood wax around the surviving bees) and sent it to John for testing.
  11. @kevin moore are you saying the bees have disappeared but left stores only a handful of bees left? What percentage of your operation is like this?
  12. Hmm @Maru Hoani I'm looking at that two ways arent sure if I'm beekeeping till the end or if beekeeping will be the end of me. Son gave me a lecture the other day that many beeks as they get older downsize.
  13. Interesting answers. The only ones I tasted were at the first site and heaps of bees with the staples intact. Definitelly screw up face material (which I find interesting) and probably vinegar taste maybe nearer,. Lots of spitting after tasting. I suppose I will have to taste some outside ones in a weak hive.
  14. Hi @nikki watts how do you describe acidic?
  15. In autumn staff were told if bees numbers shrink then move strips in. The first site I saw with the zero mites and loads of bees had removed very little of the strips only a few nibbles of the centre strips they were basically intact. i have never tasted new strips. Tasted a couple of outside strips old and they were very salty, still had lots of bees on those frames . maybe others who have done the taste test can comment on levels of saltyness.. just got a little bit on my tongue but kept spitting it out.
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