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kevin moore

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  1. alot of the hire hives we have now get two hives for the price of one, the reason for this is it is much easier two keep two hives going together than one on its own, One of the other options they get now is no retail cost if they have more than five hives on the site - they still get there free bit of honey thought out the year, any hive that dies is replaced at our cost, usually gets replaced with a yearling, any manged hive that dies in our care is also replaced, unless the owner has done some thing stupid like putting ant bate around the hive,
  2. yep i have one, never thought of using it for this job, should be really great as they are nice and light,
  3. we hire hives out to people who are normally very keen gardeners, but it is only done as a service, the down side of it is you are only servicing one or two hives at a time, nine times out of ten the person wants you to stop and have a chat or a coffee, costs are higher, more traveling for one hive, you are far better to set up a site of 10-20 and start there,
  4. yes i'am ok with that, we do send you Jafas a lot of power
  5. yep thats the chaps that had the dipper i was thinking of, but sorry it was $850.00 not $700.00 the listing number was 1668950921
  6. one on trade me for around $700
  7. welcome to the site, did you make the video, its very good
  8. just had a thought, and i see it is still on you tube, danser put on a video on how to make simplicity frames," look it up", this is where i got the idea from for making them, over the past four years of making these i think i have only broken about 5-6 they are quite strong, hope this helps
  9. I did that about 10 months ago, never heard a thing from them,
  10. Its easy to do, but you need a good saw for ripping, a cut off saw for docking all the large knots out, a router to cut the side bars to shape, and a drill or drill press for boring the holes in the side bars and alot of time to do all this, cutting top bars i think you are looking at something like 5 cuts though the saw, every cut you make though the saw is the last for that side, no planning needed, side bars you are looking at 4 cuts i think it is, these are all just straight cuts, once this is done you can leave them as being finnished or you can put it though the router so it looks like a shop brought frame, and then when finnished bore a few holes in it, bottom bars these are easy, most of the time you can make the bottom bars out of the left over bits from the top bars, the top bar i tend to have a sorts of size's as long as they hold the bottom of the frame together frame as above you do need to keep your dimensions in keeping with the bee space etc, at the end of the day if you keep to the same size's as a brought frame your bees will still be happy, i will try and put a few pics up for you over the next few days, if your coming to blenhiem next month look us up, Garden Bees,
  11. there are many types / grades of s/steel the poorer stuff will rust.
  12. all our hives have emlocks, we get them cheap at the ware house, only thing with the ware house ones are that they are a bit short, but as we don]t stack our hives high its not to big a problem, Aerofast straps we use for the higher hives and when shifting hives,
  13. Anne, did you carry on with the blue gum boxes, or has any one tried making any ?
  14. in the past we used cut up bits of wind break, just fold up and push into the entrance, have herd of people using a length of garden hose cut to the entrance size,
  15. awesome Daley and Chris, looking good, a new beekeeper lol
  16. we have two off the machines, they do tend to take up much needed room, can make good work benches with machines off,
  17. awesome, i have just the right place to house it, so cool
  18. yer found one in the BBQ department, then went to Bunnings and brought the gas for $5.30 for 4 bottles, happy as.
  19. yes I see that, will have a look today, the site does say they have it in stock,
  20. went and had a look in mitre 10 today for one of these head set's, they have the bottles but not the head sets,
  21. yep done that, but was for 3 weeks and my heart sank to the ground when I saw it, half the hive was dead, no honey left in the frames or very little, had to clean out heaps of dead bees and requeen and put a couple of frames of brood and honey back in for them, hive did well after that,
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