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fieldbee last won the day on September 24 2014

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  1. @Trevor Gillbanks I think John just called a spade, well I guess ..a spade. haha It's late is that what you were saying in a polite round about way?
  2. @Oma Thanks for that, I have been told by the agrisea rep that he go rid of the brown rot by spraying the ground twice in a year with the soil agrisea and 3 times a year on the leaves with the foliage agrisea. I was very busy and only got the foliage done once and what a difference no where near perfect but a big enough difference for me to make sure I do it this year. Also improves roses from brown spot. anything not to use chemicals..
  3. Till yesterday I had 30 odd hives at my house site. They have been right into fallen pears apples, peaches etc that are split and starting to ferment. Now the hives are gone those fruit have lots of flies and some wasps, till the cattle get them that it. My opinion could easily be fallen rotting fruit. I had one land owner saying our hives were robbing her peach tree about a month ago. .
  4. Hi @Oma a couple of questions, do you have it where cattle can eat it and do they. and how many plants do you have near you apple trees, a few or lots? I have apple trees with codlin moth and huge old pear trees that are prolific fruiters but heaps of moth. Thanks in advance
  5. So one staff is complaining of being affected by OA strips, I have never had a problem. Head aches, cant get to sleep. But then I'm the boss and made the decision to change. Can other tell me if they or their staff are affected by fumes. I also say dont breathe over it or breathe it in.. What sort of gloves do people wear when putting the strips in the hives.
  6. Hi @Jamo how many are eaten out like this? My question is how many staples this eaten in each hive (rough guess) and how many hives have this much eaten after 5 weeks? And is this the latest staples with the most stitching? Looking at the picture it looks as though there is still a lot of staple on the sides for the bees to rub over, would this be one of your most eaten staples?
  7. Thanks. These were the weakest of my nukes and after the queens were mated I put your staples in as per the amount of brood at the time. I am impressed with their build up. However I guess the question I now have to ask myself is if I had treated them according to @Trevor Gillbanks instructions would they be even better. And I guess that answer will be found in another lot of trials.
  8. @Philbee A couple of questions. I have some some nukes that I left to themselves and they are now 1 box of bees consisting of 3-4 frames 60-80%brood and rest of the frame honey and the 5-6 frames are honey. If I treat by the amount of brood for winter in my estimation going on the amount of brood I would only need 2 strips per hive. Can you comment, if you would use more strips can you say why? It will be your strips I use with 50/50 I am thinking
  9. Definitely a cutie, enjoy these years go so fast
  10. Hi @Phil46, when your operation is smaller it is a cheaper way to do your own harvesting, we also found our hives were much healthier making new comb. It worked well for us when smaller.
  11. Field harvesting with Revolutionary Beekeeping harvesters. It is done on site and the frames go back into the same hive on the field. I have their field harvesters to sell. They were great when we had less hives.
  12. @jamesc you arent the only one with very active bees I have some hives that are tearing the strips right up pulling all the residues including cotton sewing with bits still attached out the door and I put a second round in and the middle ones have disappeared after 10 days. pumping hives those ones. Other hives still great but more sedate about their disposal of the strips. @Philbee how long do you keep strips in for spring treatment I mean do you keep adding them for 6 weeks or is it 3 brood cycles or are you doing alcohol washes to determine the level of infestation.
  13. I havent used as many as you James but I am finding the same. Also in answer to some of the other issues people have raised no brood behind strips being one of them I get the same with sythetics, my deductions are it is the way the beekeeper is putting them in. Usually when a frame is spaced well all is good for synthetics and O/A but not if frames are to close, though I will say I always seem to get the odd one doing what it likes no matter what the beek has done. (wayward hive I guess). Have seen some die off in some hives, (used it on weak hives) have watched those hives and seen DWV show up but they are all generally recovering well and doing better. Very happy to now have these strips as a help in varoa treatment. Thanks @Philbee am looking forward to finishing off this lot and getting some new design ones. A question @Philbee: so after 4 weeks some strong hives I tried them on had cleaned them out, dumped the fluff (not all out the door) but dragged the last of the strips and cotton out the door. do you add another round of strips. if that happens
  14. Hi Phil does this mean you put the staples on your honey frames as well.
  15. Have i got this correct @Philbee it is being used as a carrier and stays in the brood frames in doesn't disperse and doesn't disappear. Or does it disperse throughout the hive?
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