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karuhi

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  1. Where abouts are you Jason?
  2. Great story, I cant offer any work but if you're up in Northland and find yourself in the Hokianga Harbour - i can offer you a place to stay and a glass of mead!!
  3. Hi Daniel, will you - or would you make another = with the new job, do you have time?
  4. Varroa, idiots, mud, wind, overcrowding, overcrowding & overcrowding...........
  5. Wow mammoth - but great read, been really interesting to see how this has developed. I used the scott shop towels last year - was undecided how well they went. Hats off to Philbee,Glynn and all the others for their work on this and their sharing of the results.
  6. what she says - all true that
  7. Thanks frazzledfozzle - i'll do a better search. I interpreted it to mean every super as well - pleased that's not the case. i have my anti theft - i'm a local stencil with all the particulars on it, that i have always used on the brood boxes but usually nothing on the supers. Come to think of it most if not all of the big commercials never have an ID on sites here, convita just has their barcode thingie. cheers
  8. Just wondering what others are doing or planning to do to become compliant with the new standards? They may change some of the blather over what is or isn't Manuka, but i can't see anything changing on the hive supers and numbering. The whole paddock to plate thing is ridiculous - But..... I wondered if going along with a cow tag pen was acceptable or am i going to have to create Q codes and stick them to boxes?. And is anyone using or looked at using the software that the kiwi crew has put together?. Actually is anyone using some kind of computer based software, and if so what one?
  9. Hi all, been awhile since posting - but i now have an opinion i'd like to add ...... Being in the thick of tai tokerau - i think "maori" agenda is the same as Pakeha agenda - make money & gain sustainability - of the brand as well as the manuka plant. to talk of a separatist agenda stinks of racism, red neck chest beating, and more ridiculous conspiracy theories. It's not needed nor wanted of course this is purely my opinion
  10. Paulownia is naturally pretty waterproof, i use it to make surfboards - don't know how much absorption you'll get.
  11. I also have treated 50 hives today. I used the 'Scott original shop towels' that the original scientific beekeepers study uses. Two half roll towels per hive. I haven't as yet treated any nucs - what do people think of treating un mated queens? Brood break enough to stall the cycle?. Will be treating 50 more tomorrow. Havent put in sticky boards or done a sugar shake - just seems to be no time ......
  12. Put the bait on the ground or even better over a crack in the ground under a bucket. Bees will never see it
  13. The small ones are native and harmless. The big black ones are introduced pests and emerge that size and eat grass and it's roots overnight like locusts. As a kid any outside light or street lamp was a magnet. Millions upon millions congregating under each pool of light
  14. we used to mix up the user friendly, oats/wheat in a concrete mixer mixed with maldision. nails em
  15. Thanks yesbut - i just couldn't find it, yet another foriegn invader...................
  16. Well i've never seen this one before, the orange was unbelievably vivid. I looked on the web and couldn't find it. Anybody else seen this species before? It was competing with the bees on a very unseasonal variegated pohutakawa.
  17. I've also followed with interest. #It's not a competition (beekeeping), there is no first prize. #If your bees a far enough away from others - no economic advantage is to be had by sharing or not sharing information. #Why would you join a beekeeping forum if not to discuss ideas and learn from others? #it didn't have an exclusive commercial forum when you (whoever) were attracted here - and doesn't need one now. #many ideas that could or would be discussed in a commercial forum would need knowledge of others (maybe hobbyists) that have knowledge bases outside of beekeeping.
  18. As per normal the price on Amazon is tiny compared to the price here in NZ. Maybe if people are interested a group buy could be done if no one can find a similar substitute here. NZ post can give anyone their American address and it is then on sent (for a small fee) - my daughter uses it often. But even if you use the amazon option for postage that is there for 30 rolls it works out at $7.62 US per roll WYPALL* X70 Single Sheet Wipers - KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* I would say the above product is the same as the Scott shop towels, i do not know the price though
  19. Scott Pro Shop Towels try that one, Yesbut has got the correct one the same as i have, which is the type that is shown in the scientific beekeepers page. I have a sister in the states that had sent my mother a couple of rolls for ........... something :unsure: she is now going to send me some more
  20. Excellent stuff Tony. I have a roll of the American shop towels the same as what scientific beekeepers calls for in their web site. And another couple of rolls coming. there is also a roll on trademe. It is a very heavy but soft woven fabric, more like cotton than cellulose. is apparently washable!! As long as my oxalic arrives before Saturday i will try this on some hives.
  21. Just picked this thread up - very interesting. Have a few questions i hope someone can help with does anyone put a layer of plastic or something under the roof to stop in corroding? or will the hive mat be enough? Is it temperature affected? its about 28c here and around very high humidity - how will that affect treatment? shop towel - is it paper? i have a roll of 'shop towel' i use in the workshop and its a sort of lightweight chux type woven cloth - would this work? would it slow down the bee removal? Anyone with an idea or opinion on any of that? Typically - i didn't read all the article before asking the above questions :whistle:. Some are now answered!! One question i do have though that i cant see is ..... okay you soak the roll,squeeze it out - how are people storing it before going out to apiaries? Ii don't know if i've worded it right. If you have a roll of treated wipes are they just tasking the whole roll out wrapped in i suppose plastic and then tearing one off on site? or do you after treating the roll. peel them off and putting them into something? Is there a small time window of treating towels to treating hives?
  22. alters the dynamics of your sense of humour/temper/wallet and stomach - it gets a hole!
  23. Do an artificial swarm, make a nuc by taking away the queen, a frame of capped brood, couple of drawn out frames for her to lay into, a frame of nectar or honey - if honey scrape the capping. Make sure there's pollen somewhere or you'll have to add one with some. and a shake or two of bees. take it away - somewhere. most of the shaken bees will be nurse bees so will stay with queen/brood, they have food and pollen so will be fine. Go to the original hive smash all but the biggest two or three queen cells, let them hatch and one hopefully will mate and return. if it all goes south you still have the original queen and can re combine if necessary. If it all goes well you can squish the original queen and recombine bees with a sheet of newspaper between hive boxes (i just spray a bit of toilet spray to kill scents) or persevere with her and see what happens.
  24. I hope it's a bit warmer! Hokianga is certainly a different climate than the east coast an hour away, and yes it blows. I don't think you can be anywhere on the west coast of NZ and not have the wind. East coast seems to get more rain during summer, we get more in winter. We get ALL the wind. And yes i have a few acres of mangroves myself
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