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  1. On 16/11/2019 at 4:53 PM, Alastair said:

    Did not get 100% the results with the smoker bellows I made, so today I knocked up the mark 2. 🙂


    This is bigger than anything you can buy and had the room so I put in two inlet holes. 


    This puppy blows WAY more air than anything else I have ever used, and can quickly puff up a storm, which is a great boon, when needed.








    Show me a pic of your smoker.


    If it is compatable, I will send you a home made bellows you can screw on, and then blow smoke all over your buddy. 😉

    thats better, yell out if you want to try abit of leather, i got a little saw bench like that, a great wee secondary saw for the smaller stuff 

  2. 13 hours ago, Alastair said:

    When I tried Varroa Death Strips last year, they just had a row of 3 staples down each side, looked like it was done with just a normal office type paper stapler. Not quite the finess of a nicely sewing machined job, but seemed to work. Would certainly be a heckuva lot quicker.

    I have used the old office paper stapler with no problems.

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  3. 9 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Yes I've been in touch with a couple here, unfortunately they were not helpful. Thanks for the offer Trevor, I intend to do some more investigation locally but if I don't get a good result I'll get back to you on it.



    The vinyl? I don't know exactly what it is I just went to an upholsterer and got an off cut. Not sure how long it will last, I would like to know myself, what is a good vinyl for the purpose.

    replaced my vinyl with lamb skin leather, goes great, also added another inlet hole up higher and put a leather patch over it so it pulls in when releasing the bellows and pushes hard against the wood when pushing, the patch needs to be quite flexible to work, yell out if you want to try some leather Alastair,

    the battery powered smokers with the fan goes pretty good, just pain changing batterys

  4. On 8/11/2019 at 8:01 AM, Gino de Graaf said:

    I don't sense too much hostility, more frustration at not being heard. I also shared my Tape outcome, and no one could give me a answer. There are others, who either don't share or are not here on forum. We hear the success but fail to see hives thrive when using it. Do we suck at our jobs? Our bees are sicker? Our conditions don't suit? 

    well i was beginning to think i suck at beekeeping after loosing so many hives, things are looking better, i did think it was the oxy strips not strong enough, have put another round in as i think we still need to learn more about using them, so far all building up great, a little slow in some places, but thats to do with where they are, the hives that dropped out tended to be the older hives the newer splits bolted though, so not really sure what to think, i'am just glade theres a heap of honey still in the shed,

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  5. 11 hours ago, Bighands said:

    Yes it was why did you not introduce yourself

    I didn't go over I saw a post on face book and thought I think I know who that is, great wee set up with the cart and the bike, are you based round the fox river,?

    will get over to see you some time when I get the bus back on the road,

  6. 4 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

    @kevin moore off topic just quickly but wondering if you sent samples from your dwindly hives away to be tested and if you did have you had the results back yet?

    also how are the hives looking now ?

    hi frazzle, yer no sample sent in just been waiting to see how jamesc's samples turn out, not alot of money in the coffers at the mo. the earler ones on the second round which only had a soft ball size cluster died, was talking to another beek the other day and he had some thing much the same, this he put down to lack of pollen, still had plenty of stores though.

    the dwindling or slow hives have come away but are slow to build up, these have both plenty of honey and stores,

    the hives that were ok have had split of them and are still going gang-busters,

    this is all happening in a year that i don't really want alot of honey, so we will see,

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  7. On 14/10/2019 at 6:28 PM, tristan said:

    heat treated aka flash heating. also can be combined with moisture removal. the moisture removal is the new thing.

    so is this honey passed over a hot surface like pasteurization, but not as hot maybe !

  8. If your keeping hives in town or built up areas swarming is the number one thing you need to be on top off at this time of year, a course that doesn't cover  swarming i would very much dout the value of it.

    we have hives on peoples home sites right next to fences beside pathways etc never had a problem, noise not a problem, as some one said you do need to bear in mind where cloths lines are and the bees flight paths are not in direct line to where people are walking, 

    also bear in mind the person mowing the lawns, 

  9. On 11/10/2019 at 8:38 PM, Daley said:

    Your right, and obviously it’s less work, handling, and honey keeps better on the hive.

    However it’s easy enough to miscalculate how much you need to leave with each winter varying.

    And you can end up with a significant problem in spring if you leave too much honey on, it needs to come off and go somewhere, and it’s had varroa treatment.

    What do you do? I wouldn’t want it mixed in with my new season crop.


    This past season I paid to have all my honey extracted and thermalised so I have future proofed now.


    But I had some honey from the season before which I’d extracted myself and jarred that had fermented in the jars, faced with the task of having to scrape it all out to waste into a hole, I chucked it in the feeders of some hungry hives and man it took all the work out of it, jars came out beautifully clean and minimum effort.

    Would I do it again? No.

    Would I recommend anyone else do it? No.

    However I think the risk is fairly minimal knowing that none of the hives it came from have had AFB.


    Personally I think it’s a much bigger risk buying secondhand gear and there’s no shortage of people that do that without being chastised.


    Thermalised, now thats a new one i've not heard about, what is it and how is it done and what is the purpose of it pls

  10. 7 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    Does it have a chiller (fridge) type system as well.  Creaming needs/should to be done at 8 Deg C.

    It has no chiller and we have never used one, the honey is once creamed and package is stored in a cool room, we have only ever had one batch of creamed get the frosted look and this was bush for some reason, we are making a batch now and hope to do another couple before summer, we dont creamed in summer,

    7 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    Yep.  I certainly understand that.

    We are talking about the Lyson Creaming Unit.

    This unit is designed to be used all year round and supposedly makes a very nice creamed honey.  That is why I asked @kevin moore if it has a fridge/cooler unit.


    it would be easy enough to add a few rounds of cooling tube around it if you had too

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  11. On 21/09/2019 at 8:23 PM, tristan said:

    whats actually in it?

    what i see in their manual is basically just a stirrer.

    yes pretty much  just a stirrer with four bits of flat steel attached these are set a different angles to push the honey up and down, seems to work very well

  12. 7 minutes ago, Philbee said:

    Last Autumn in a n organised trial one site was much closer to a certain large outfit than the rest.
    Its initial mite loads at day 1 were 6- 10  times  that of the Sites further away.

    Its got nothing to do with luck.

    These hives are in a 2.4m pa rainfall area and this season has been very wet
    Ive been at this a while now and have cracked it

    What you see is how I roll

    were those strips put in in early autumn or refreshed during the winter

  13. lots a good luck, not sure what your weather has been like over the winter, but we have had a lot of wet or cloudy days and found our strips got very damp and quite wet feeling, we had our strips in the corners by the brood, not cut across the middle like those in the pic, i have run out of ideas on these lose's it just seems so weird

  14. 1 hour ago, CraBee said:

    I know some people have had success with Oa/Gly over Winter, but I'm not so confident it is the best treatment for that time of year.  To me at least Ox/Gly seems to work best when bee numbers are strong, and when it is applied outside the wet/damp Winter period.  So anytime from Sept to April. 


    I think Apivar is quite a good option over Winter given it is slow acting and lasts the longest out of all the treatments....and the hives get a break from the acid and more acid building up in the wax.  


    Through this Spring I've been running OA/Gly staples and Bayverol (in separate hives not together) and both are doing a good job.  I like Bayverol it has a quick knock-down and has always worked really well for me, but for my next couple of treatments and through Autumn I'll use Ox/Gly staples almost exclusively.  It is hard to go past them for effectiveness and at about 1/3 of the cost of the other treatments...

    I think the oxy staples are ok for a spring/summer treatment and then go back to bayverol for autumn winter treatments, this is what we will be doing

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