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silverhope

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  1. Been thru that experience. Not a good one. If caught these people need to be named. So that all in the industry can be wary of these operators.
  2. How does one reply to this topic and contact members through message.? It may be a simple answer but I would appreciate a idiots guide for navigation.
  3. Thanks for the replys, However makes one think there are "shysters" out there if they can't put their names to an email.!
  4. I received this in the Email today................No signiture and where is the origional email this all stemed from. How can anyone have faith in the industry and whoever sent this if they hide behind others??? Thought please.... lets have this out in the open PROPERLY!! "Copy and pasted from my email inbox" Updated version - thanks to our members for pointing our error in an email address below. Dear Fellow Beekeepers Today, many of our members, but not all, recei
  5. You may have missed seeing the freshly laid eggs when you first split the hive and put the queen in the bottom box. Remember that freshly laid eggs stand upright in the cell..... as the egg matures and is close to hatching the egg effectively is seen lying flat on the bottom of the cell. Therefore you could have missed seeing the fresh laid eggs in the frame that you put in the top box.... making the evidence of what you found when you opened up the top box after 3 days perfect timing. There are several ways to eliminate this happening and it all comes down to counting the days in the le
  6. Having made my own vinegar honey vinegar "otherwise known as Honeygar"is definitely an option. Yes the acidic reading needs to be above 4.5% or the produce you pickle will go off quickly. Honey creates massive " Mothers" Mine are between 1 & 2 cm thick. Take care to sterilize the vinegar to destroy any microbes etc before using.
  7. I understand that the price of honey needs to find it's true level in the market be it nationally or internationally. For the millions of tons of the blended honey that now sits in storehouses with next to no market to sell. I am indeed mindfull of the price of honey in the supermarkets presently. Food for thought, Ponder this....... If this honey was presented as own product at a reasonable price compared to jams and spreads. (Yes I remember the day when peanut butter and Marmite were more expensive and jam was always made at home cause it was cheaper as compared to the bulke
  8. Great step in the direction of opening up new opportunities. Having contacts and building bridges always a positive move. I may be newer to the industry however, watching the ups and downs over recent times highlights the volatility that exists in this industry. Resilience and diversity is a key element for success. Understanding that the high honey prices could not last. Yes honey price is supply and demand, however blending, fueled by hunger for the $$$ has certainly not made things any easier. Even more difficult for those of us that have stayed true to the character of the honey and restr
  9. Well......... The wax from the cups must surely be NO GOOD for the internal workings of the dishwasher, and then further down the track clogging up the Waste drains.
  10. Flat paddocks are challenging, however think outside the square, how many times do you see the odd bit of culvert pipe, fence strainer etc left lying in a paddock, these make good mounting sites, the whole camera doesn't need to be visible, only the lens. I mounted one of mine in a dumped car wreck that had been left in the paddock years ago. If you want to mount a camera badly enough there will be a way, not everything is easy!" Necessity is the mother of invention"
  11. Yip Hokey Pokey, goes down a treat.
  12. I stand to be corrected, but from stories from my Grandad and Great Grandad and seeing them practiced. Sugar is used to make a poultice to draw out puss and boils, honey is used to keep the wounds moist, back in them days bush people used these methods a lot, my famz were definitely bush people but I don't know if a specific honey was used, it was more like whatever honey was found in the hive when the tree was opened up. I still use the old methods.... some of them are coming back into vogue, yip call it what you like, dockleaf included.
  13. Anyone thought of the liquor trade, I have made awesome spirits from honey. beautiful mellow edge to the finished product. Roll over honey mead, with the new equipment on the market now there should be a place for honey based spirits. Not talking health and nutrition here, just an avenue to put some of the bottom end honey to good use if it is a problem to sell. Definitely worth jumping through the red tape especially when one sees the new boutique "ciderries" and beer makers setting up. The sweet market is another option, ever considered why the most popular sweets for
  14. Can't say for your situation, however we have had 2 swarms each season come thru our property in town. not far from orchards. Guess is the swarms are coming from there. Last one arrived last week, moved right on into an empty box with dry frames I was about to work on, had it sitting on peice of 4x2 for air. Took 40 mins for the whole crew to settle in. Lovely queen and man what a size, certainly don't say NO to visitors that want to stay.
  15. Close to the Expressway, check with Them to see if any movement was noticed last night. Might be the route used for direct escape. I lost 54 hives last season and the police weren't helpful neither were the local beekeepers Assc. Almost have to sluthe the culprits on your own sad to say.
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