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Everything posted by Goran

  1. 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..
  2. 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 researches, I got impression it is widely spread in Europe and it seems well organized. Seems criminal organizations have better cooperation, organization and function better than countries themselves..
  3. 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
  4. 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..
  5. At my place RJ is taken from queen cells not drone cells..
  6. 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..
  7. 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..
  8. 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"
  9. 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).
  10. Product diversification - can lead to increased sale. James what would you say I plan to try to mix hazelnuts paste and chocolate with it?
  11. 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 - does anyone tried? For robbing, I didn't notice any. I did notice silent robbing when applied thymol based treatment. I believe when all bees got scented with thymol it is harder for guard bees to identify, or this is my wrong thinking?
  12. 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 empty comb or very little remaining stores which bees when can lift up above their heads. The boxes, i forgot to mention, when flow for extraction is over, I take q excluder out and switch brood box on top and upper box ( super) with some stores below - which bees in time carry up and form arches. The bees are carnies which have brood break and also are rational with stores. We had usually cold winters, but as climate changed rarely happen minus 10C, and even snow become rare.. But in normal winters when is lot of snow and minus temps if I did all mentioned I don't think will they overwinter. They will. I think in some literature is mentioned our carnies when there is no brood they spend only around 1 kg of stores ( from 0.8 to 1.2kg) per month. Sorry if I just throw this here unconnected, but at the moment my mind is in sleep mode.. Next time will try to write better..
  13. Nah, they will throw nukes on hornets and will save their bees same as they intend to do on tornadoes..
  14. Some ideas for stands - type in google picture search " postolja za košnice".
  15. Over here we have days with over 20C, then after couple mornings with frost and again.. Madness.. Mana ash isn't scorched totally, I think about half left and offer nectar and pollen. Flow visible in the hives.. Seems will have some spring honey to exctract but with such berserk weather no one can tell with certainty.. I am hoping we are done with frosts, also that black locust isn't hit hard - time will tell.. I am in process of placing qe, adding foundations.. Overall, I must not to be totally unsatisfied. 59 colonies at the moment, 3 of them with chalk brood, 3-5 won't be ready for black locust ( bad queens, slow buildup), the rest seems fine. Lost one colony in December and one shook out recently - lost queen and laying workers.. Swarming season started.. found in couple qcs, I reshuffled them and gave them time to rethink, if intention still exist they will be dealt ( light split or removing queen, etc..). Some already spread at 12 frames with brood, but some stay at 6 and don't want to go further ( these are ones which I don't like, these usually want to swarm endlessly)..
  16. I don't like to get sting, it distracts me from work I need to do. I suit up and don't stop nor hesitate until I am done. From time to time occur some really nasty colonies - and I don't pull back even the veil is covered with bees. When I am light wearing I concentrate more on estimating where and when it will sting not on work. I am such, good or bad but that is my mindset.. Of course I don't like stings as stings - I am not masochist, especially when I read the venom affect on calcium content in human body ( decreasing).
  17. Usually beetroot juice is mixed with apple to get easier down the throat and some with carrot juice. I like to drink beetroot/apple/carrot juice or beetroot/apple. All only squeezed and pasteurized by temperature.. Carrot/apple is also nice juice to drink.. When adding apples, try some apples which are not sweet variety - nicer juice will be.
  18. Over here in these two days I went through hives of 2nd apiary. The reason is strong unpleasant wind. This apiary is in sheltered spot so I was able to dig into hives. All previous bad weather is seen into hives, for about 2 brood frames less than I expected to be in this time. One hive with yellow queen started to fail ( lot of drone brood, drones and less worker brood), I saw it yesterday but idiot had no paper with me to merge with neighboring hive ( nor even roll paper, just some handkerchiefs).. Today I come to sort it, remove the queen with prayer and asking for forgiveness.. and just to take the frame to inspect some more brood I saw new queen, I stopped. I left it as it is, though there will be no black locust honey from it I will be happy if this queen succeed and develop colony.. Her mother was awesome, so maybe new one will be similar.. Today saw first drops of nectar from a comb, some of wild fruits which survived snow and frost I presume.. Also found 3 colonies with chalk brood, will deal with it in next days.. Overall 25 colonies at this site..
  19. One of pollen patties, my mentor makes them for his colonies for spring and later as feed during qrearing. Personally I think in spring we have abundance of pollen and therefore I don't make them. To not be mistaken, pollen is irradiated..
  20. Forgot to mention, since is cold again and bees are stuck in the hives this little rapscallion ( marten) came too close.. Pic from yesterday.
  21. Over here after the snow again I was able to work in t shirt on Saturday and Sunday ( some fence/posts repair).. Today again day temps around 5C.. As I wrote there were snow and frosts some of the fruit flowers seems survived... BUT again we will have some 5 days with night temps of minus 3 to zero C.. Madness even bigger.. How such sharp weather changes affect on health.. who knows.. I still haven't taken a frame into hands this season, and seems not at least till weekend.. This is also strange for me.. On top of this that covid situation..
  22. Something like this?
  23. Some late apples and few pears didn't open the buds, but were greenish.. So time will tell will they also be gone after night minus temps.. Peaches, apricots, plums were in full bloom. Majority of pears like on pics, just to open in a day or so.. I think again we won't eat walnuts.. I think in 6-7 years once or maybe two times we were able to get some walnuts.. Madness.. Will see about beekeeping season. Will act accordingly. And Mr. T.. that is done..
  24. Flower buds were before the snow. Snow unfortunately still falling. Catastrophe.. When mentioned certain Mr. seems he wants to be known in US history as greatest serial killer.. I try to not read anything from USA, cause watching Italy and people talking that Italy will be fairy tale in comparison to USA.. That is when you put money before human lives, disgusting..
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