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Philbee last won the day on September 23

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  1. I have heard of it from somewhere but cant remember where.
  2. Thanks for that Alastair. A significant number of Beeks comment that in there observations hives or bees seem to adapt to OA/GL and show less and less mortality as time and subsequent applications go by. That apparent adaption is possibly not so must an adaption but more likely a change in Hive environment by one means or another. That means is possibly by a reduction in pathogen loading via culling of sick/old Bees or possibly via some direct effect of OA/GL on the various pathogens or possibly a mix of Both and or other means. I can say that the Beeks who have had the best results from OA/GL are those who had the best hives and Hive practices to start with and also those who have stuck with it when faced with Hives that have taken a decent hit. I look at some of these Beeks and think, "Fortune favors the bold"
  3. No one has claimed either way IMO possible for some pathogens but thats just a guess. Your experience is unique relative to mine in that this is the first time your Hives have had oa/gl. There is a very isolated Hive out in the back blocks that has had 600g of OA and 900g GL annually for coming up 3 years. That is non stop exposure. Last count a month ago it had 18 good frames of Brood. I take from this that in the probable absents of excessive pathogen loads and in that Hive at least, OA is unlikely to indiscriminately kill larvae via ingestion. The most serious issue IMO and experience is physical contact which is a well documented certainty for killing brood.
  4. Why would anyone put OA in syrup? We have had this same discussion a few years ago and decided it wasn't a good idea .
  5. What size Hives? What size and concentration of dose? What climate? (did queen shut down or lay through winter) What age Queen? What treatment history of Hives? How many Hives? What sugar concentration of syrup? etc.. There is currently a Scientific Study going on that started last April and will run until November and now that you have mentioned shotgun brood we will be looking out for it. However prior to the trial there has been a few years of general use that hasnt demonstrated a pattern of shotgun Brood pattern at any time. I can imagine that Stoney, like me is currently scratching his head on this one. BTW, like me hes been doing it a while.
  6. Im not sure that its that simple. If you rolled up to the trademark people and said you wanted to trademark the word Manuka, they would likely have said that its outside the scope of what is generally considered Trademarkable To spend millions back then would indeed have been a big call. As it has turned out it would have been worth the effort but hindsight is a great thing.
  7. It doesnt hurt the tax payer to put a little into Bees which is what Maunuka has done. After all, the general public gets Bees in their gardens for free.
  8. No one is going to pay $5 a kg for feed honey but plenty will pay that for a frame of honey like that.
  9. Its obviously for human consumption, the clue is in the reference to comb Honey
  10. The chewing will come but it is a numbers game Id say 20% of Hives chew aggressively and that 20% will cause a lot of problems if left un managed.
  11. The Nosemas will be part of the problem
  12. As at the 20th September my Hives hadnt touched the staples either but mark my words its coming. Even a hive with 18 frames of Brood still had last Autumn Staples in. We are doing a staple munching trial which started on the twentieth of Sept and will run through to end of November Ill check next on the 20th of this month and report back but expect that by then many of the middle staples will be substantially chewed
  13. For a research project the cost in the small amount of time required to get a Queen mated and laying needs to be balanced against the cost of losing valuable time when a virgin is lost within the research period. There is so much anecdotal evidences against using caged Virgins why would someone include them in a research project Unless there is a requirement for the Queens to mate locally??
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