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  1. @Adam Boot Good piece Adam A post or two back you used Champagne and Caviar as examples in a Marketing comparison. Personally I understand what Champagne is and how it is consumed, same for Caviar How do international consumers use Manuka Honey?
  2. Good observation Not an issue if the dripping is from outside frames in a single but gets complicated if the dripping is from the second box where there are few Bees and the dripping is onto the poor Bees below. This is a new issue thats come to light For the years Ive used the Staple system it has usually been in single brood hives and it was known that the outside staples were inclined to absorb water as the Bees move off them and toward a central cluster. My view with regard this happening in my own Hives is that its probably a bit like a winter OA dribble. Some Bees might die in some Hives yet not in others. Come Spring I dont have dead outs from it Best way to avoid it though is to treat earlier and run 50% spent Staples into winter rather than fresh ones. Having said that I currently have a trial going where the Hives received their Staples late, (early Apri)l and will receive another lot early May. This is asking for trouble IMO but will be an interesting test.
  3. Probable poisoning In my early days of OAV and other alternative ways of combating mites I had cases that appeared to be the result of poisoning. Thats Hives with rivers of dead Bees out front or hives with layers of dead bees on the floor. I was certain that they were being poisoned. There were always some hives though that didnt seem to suffer and it was this anomaly that caused much confusion. I was sugar shaking in the spring /summer and seeing very few mites but by the time May came around and the Hives were poorly it was a matter of trying to save the 4 or 5 frames of Bees that were left so it didnt occur to me to open the hive up and start shaking Bees. Overall it was about inexperience.
  4. Good one Adam One day soon we may also see some sort of claim that our Honey is produced by "Non Medicated Bees"
  5. Went out today and washed a few hives that were outside of my current efficacy trial. They were all good but this one was the best
  6. Good healthy Hives dont miss a beat but not all hives are as good as they look and sometimes the stars line up for an unfortunate result.
  7. Good move That Glycerine is interesting stuff. A few days ago I dropped a set of scales into a pail of Glycerine and even though I cleaned them up really well, every morning the scales are covered in water droplets.
  8. All good but Ive been cautioning Beeks who have been calling me for help in the last 7 days As the weather gets colder as it is on the central plateau Im nervous about adding Staples. On frosty mornings Staples that are not well covered by Bees will absorb water and then drip out which stresses the Hive. IMO the staples need to run into the cold not be added during the cold damp weather. My advice has been that if Beeks want to treat now with Staples they do a small trial first and see how the Bees react
  9. Yes and thats why I never put steel in their mouth In the old days I rode a lot of problematic ex race horses First step take the bit away, its not going to stop a horse that is intent on bolting
  10. Lol Yes a Thoroughbred but very Arabish to look at. As for the halter I tend to be a minimalist as far as tack goes Never ever ride in a bit, This horse has never been mouthed. She will happily go 80km endurance bare foot and will carry me 100kg all up at evens pace (60kmhr) One hell of a horse
  11. Yes I know what you mean When I sort my bees for the wash they are shook into a tin hive lid so there are two checks for her, one on the frame and then another in the tin lid They are easy to find in the lid. The one problem Ive had with sugar was when the bees were full of nectar and it ends up wetting the sugar.
  12. Then those controls themselves might become the subjects of a parallel trial where they are monitored to access their late Autumn recovery or continued decline. Alcohol washes
  13. A control Hive is one that remains untreated in the trial The idea is that the untreated Control should continue to show an increase in mite numbers whereas the treated Hives should show a decrease in Mite numbers over the course of the trial. In this case the controls will only remain as untreated controls for 4 weeks then they will be treated to prevent them collapsing as mite bombs.
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