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  1. Yep. She's a good old girl. Totally reliable but also really fragile if anything gets out of place. Even sewing fabric theres lots of fibres which collect under the bobbin. Paper can be very abbrasive on delicate parts, I wouldn't use my scissors to cut cardboard either.
  2. My machine is a juki walking foot, set up for canvas and leather. I made a roll or two of staples to start with but I agree with @kaihoka I'm not going to risk it getting jammed up with paper dust.
  3. My thinking was the hives had a double dose of acids. Firstly the OX and then when things got damp FA.
  4. We used staples from Phil that were purchased already in the solution. We had the dwindling issues. Not all hives though. Affected hives had the Queens cowering in far corners of the hive away from stores and slow spring build. From @Alistair’s post it is possible we over heated the staples by leaving them on the back of the truck in the pails in the sun for too long. I certainly noticed a Formic acid smell. especially in spring which i put down to damp hive conditions. The gly sucking in the Condensation which reacted with the oxalic to make formic.
  5. Ours were the same. I haven't used a smoker for the past month due to fire danger. My smoker will be going today !!!
  6. One of the things I value in this thread is the collaboration about how people are using oxalic and glycerine, be it in strips, cardboard or dribbling. Also the sharing of results both good and bad. It would be good if we could get back to that.
  7. ######. Hope there’s no blood in the honey. 😎
  8. Woops. Should have added we were in central north island and taranaki.
  9. We've been on a road trip harvesting and moving honey this week. Our teenagers really stepped up and pitched in, pretty stoked with that. We saw lots trucks bringing the liquid gold in. Good to see. Hopefully some good news this season.
  10. Yeah, I guess it would. But you’d still have to search through and find that horrid queen.
  11. Wow. That hive sounds down right dangerous. They sound like they’re acting queenleas to me. Disorganised on the frames, no eggs, aggressive. there is a chance they are in the the process of re queening already. If you can’t find her or eggs next inspection (and bear in mind all continual opening them up and pulling the hive apart also makes them more defensive) Take the top two boxes off. Shake most of the bees from brood box two into that bottom brood box. You don’t have to get every bee just enough so you’re comfortable you haven’t missed the queen. Queen excluder next with 3 or 4 layers of newspaper on top of excluder. Slice a couple of holes in the newspaper. Put the second brood box on the bees from that honey box should come down and look after that small amount of brood. Put your caged queen into box 2. Tab end facing upward. You can either remove the tab now or come back a day or two and do it. Leave them alone for 3 weeks. after that go back and find that queen in box 1. Often the bees will have already disposed of her. Good luck. If you can cope with this hive you’ll make a good beekeeper.
  12. Yes. Hobbiests (and books) might put the cage in then go back in a day or two and break the tab off so the bees can release the queen. Commercials just do it all at once.
  13. Before we were able to fly groceries in, the only delivery was once a week, on Thursday afternoon. The social club night was a Wednesday. The teachers got sick of over tired kids arriving with a tin of baked beans and a can opener for lunch so they declared Thursday brought lunch day. 😁
  14. Lack of water. If they're going to have a garden it's a veggie garden. Plenty of flowering shrubs but many fancy things like roses. We only moved here in 2001, stories from the 70's make it sound pretty wild west. Not too late to come and visit.
  15. We’ve started re queening. As @Otto said, with the flow drying up due to drought the drones will Be the first to go.
  16. We only have bush. Any farmland here is pure kikuyu and no one really has gardens even in the ‘suburbs’ The Bush has been through drought before, a few trees die but the rest carry on. Most of our crop is on by Xmas so that hasn’t been affected but the hives usually restock for winter from mid jan onwards. They will need more feeding than usual to get through.
  17. Seasons finished here, theres only a dribble of nectar coming in and robbing has started.
  18. That's what keeps us all fishing.
  19. No. Very little. Or maybe just too many bees.
  20. Spring splits don't build in time for a crop here. We dont the have enough Spring forage and they don't raise many drones until November.
  21. Same here. Manuka is amber, rich tasting with slightly bitter aftertaste which leaves your tounge a bit numb. kanuka a almost cleat light green colour and milder taste.
  22. last year the manuka in the hills didn't didn't really flower. But low lying areas a reliable. With kanuka having a huge flowering this year it really shows how much it's outgrowing the manuka in some places.
  23. We've been harvesting. It looked like we'd get another 2 or 3 weeks of flower but the hives have very little fresh nectar and are storing pollen. Time to start thinking about autumn !
  24. A hive with a high mite load is unlikely to produce very much surplus honey. I’d do an afb check, remove the honey boxes to another, stronger hive to finish off and then treat this one. Close the entrance down so it’s not robbed out, spreading the varroa to all your other hives. Have you done a sugar shake on the other hives too?? As some else said, here’s a good chance they have high mite numbers too.
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