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  1. At our place they pay beekeeper from 11,75 nzd to 14,1 nzd for raw ( frozen) pollen, dry pollen slightly higher ( the price difference not worthy to dry it). When I say " pay", the buyers usually demand to beek take half the money and other half in beekeeping supplies ( which are overpriced). So as explained, majority of us won't bother with it. I started to change wooden bottom boards with plastic ones ( which have pollen catcher within), but won't collect pollen if something drastic change.. About monocoloured pollen.. The beeks who collect large quantities are usually migratory beeks (
  2. Over here we use sheriff beesuit type 99,99%, lately some of your type of beesuits arrive but not accepted widely. It is thing of " changes" I believe, hard to accept new things.. Same as me I got used to.. I think mine cost around 40 nzd. Also to mention that is jacket, not suit for complete body, You can rarely see beeks with full suits here..
  3. Here is said that some samples of beeswax from China is paraffin with high melting point just colored. Further more also to pay attention, it is noted that is increased import of such paraffin here. Also is noted that majority of foundations sold here are falsified with more or less of such paraffin. Due to that here is trying to move into regulations beeswax standard to reduce criminal in this industry.. There are some great researches and possible simple resolutions, but if it is accepted the criminals will lose one source of easy money. When I started to follow development of these research
  4. Yes, I wait to sell some honey to renew some wooden ware before winter. Firstly I didn't bought in winter because I was hoping to sell some colonies. Since no buyers and bees were growing I had to pull some cracked and faulty boxes from storage cause in this covid-19 all stopped. It was tricky.. Bees were building comb instantly and nicely. But duct tape really saved me for boxes
  5. Temps for now around 20C here, bees when feel the short period of sun pour out like they are swarming.. Now I saw that I missed a month.. oops..
  6. At my place RJ is taken from queen cells not drone cells..
  7. I would avoid royal jelly from China in wide circle.. Crushed and strained young drone larvae in mix as in some which appear here.. Maybe this is no more the case, but hey why I would believe them again.. I still don't drink Brawndo.. So if You have to compete in price with proper royal jelly against that.. won't happen..
  8. Once I gave sample of my black locust honey to one company buyer at large. They return the answer that in my honey is too much of pollen of false indigo-bush. Area where it grows was nearest about 20km. The few plants if somehow were somewhere near cannot influence the black locust honey so much. They tried to reduce the value of my honey. I declined their offer, next buyer at large said samples were OK for black locust and paid rightful price.. At the moment I felt pride cause my bees travel for forage 20 km and bring honey and pollen back to hives..
  9. I have a cunning plan or to say counter plan... I will make mix of honey+chocolate+hazelnuts and with such combo export my honey in disguise to New Zealand. . I just miss couple millions of dollars, bees and such little things.. It will be advertised as: " It has electrolytes"
  10. There are many things I saw people eat and I would never put in my mouth, but hey if it sells my product in qty and price I like.. So be it. For example sweet and bitter in mix I dislike a lot ( like chestnut honey).
  11. Product diversification - can lead to increased sale. James what would you say I plan to try to mix hazelnuts paste and chocolate with it?
  12. Two seasons ago, if I didn't miscalculate I tried as summer treatment OA/GL - I mixed it and cut strips of material recommended in Argentinian paper. It had some success in beginning but later when I test with other treatment it falls more varroa than I can accept. So I didn't wait and knock varroa down with other type of treatment. There may be true that in what one poster here said - to change strips in 15 days, I didn't - I left near 4 weeks and test. I wish to try once more but there is always more important things and I take easy route.. Only for carrier if I can use plain cardboard - doe
  13. Hi I am a bit tired at the moment. Easier is now to for me to just write it what I do. First thing is antivarroa and nosema prevention in late summer and usually is dearth of flow and needed feeding to queen don't reduce laying significantly - end of July, whole August - if not so, will have little winter bees and colony will dwindle till January. The stores.. well I work with deep langstroth. 1st and tenth frame are stores, the rest 8 frames are with heavy arches. Even the colony is in two boxes, cluster is mainly in upper box with small part or none hanging in bottom box. Bottom box is with
  14. Nah, they will throw nukes on hornets and will save their bees same as they intend to do on tornadoes..
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