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About Darryl

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  1. http://www.msn.com/en-nz/money/news/a-cult-new-zealand-honey-is-causing-legal-problems-in-the-us/ar-BBMtL5V?li=AAaeXZz&ocid=ientp Seems like even Americans are trying to jump on the manuka band wagon
  2. Actually mead was what I was originally keeping it for, but I've never got round to it. Given the cappings are a mix from all my hives, I'm certainly not going to be adding it now.
  3. Regarding feeding, I've just ordered a top feeder and am going to use it with a new split. I have a pail of cappings and honey that I scoop off the top of my spun honey before I filtered it, I was wondering if I mixed this with warm water then filtered the cappings out could I put this into the feeder. My concern would be the ratio of water to honey would be un- measureable unlike a sugar solution.
  4. So does anyone else have a 3 frame extractor they can give me feed back on. I had my suspicion the 3 aren't as easy to get a balanced spin as the 4 are and ikwezinz has confirmed that. And i always wonder why the 3 are always on sale but not the 4? Thanks
  5. I'm thinking of buying a 3 frame honey extractor as they are a good buy new at the moment. I have in the pass used a friends 4 frame extractor which works well spinning 2 or 4 frames. My question is can you spin less then 3 frames in a 3 frame extractor without it being out of balance i.e can you spin two successfully. As you all can appreciate I am not always going to have multiplies of 3 frames to extract. thanks
  6. As usual this year I removed honey supers and added bayvarol on 3/3. After this I had a hive fail (whole other story), so merged split with my strongest hive. Now this hive has ended up with way more honey then it needs to get thru winter. My question, is it ok to harvest honey after treatment goes in. The strips are not in the box the honey I would like to remove is in. I run with 1 fd brood box and generally leave close to 1 full fd box to get them thru winter. If no I will probably still remove but will use for emergence feeding for swarms etc thanks
  7. If your selling to the general public then I wouldn't use second hand, but your price would reflex packaging costs. But if its family and friends why not, glass is the easiest product to clean, the plastic lids might not last as long but Holmes sells lids to fit any glass jar available for a few cents each
  8. Yes Arthur Holmes are great, but for glass jars you can't beat the church shops. Get in before the bottling season small jars (500g or 300ml) 20c each with plastic lids or you can splash out on med and large agee jars for 50c to $1. People I give honey to have to bring back empty jar for exchange.
  9. Brought my practical guide from here http://www.gumboot.co.nz/product/102017/practical-beekeeping-in-new-zealand-4th-edition-book/ for $40 + freight, they have quite a few other titles as well
  10. This is my first full year. Started with to very small nucs Jan 2011. 1 had swarmed into a empty hive of my neighbours, the second was a split he did due to too many queen cells for 1 hive. Both he gave to me for free, but more importantly the endless advice and experiences he has passed on has been invalueable. So 1.5 years for me
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