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  1. Hello Daniel, I have not logged in this site for a while. I am so sorry for my late response. if you want to contact vietnamese beekeepers, you can leave a message or a call at (Private contact details removed) I will try my best to help.
  2. Some people did not take care when collecting pollen. If they reduce the size of the doors and put the trays carefully, it would be more efficient. They buy these grids from suppliers. (my family also sell it. We provide a manufacture a sample, then order it). The trays in this videos are handmade. We used to make these trays from metal panels. Some people buy plastic trays instead.
  3. This is about how pollen is collected. .(This is not my own video - I copied from a Vietnam beekeeping group on FB). It is maize (corn) pollen from Moc Chau - a rural district of Sơn La Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam.
  4. Thanks @Manukamole, you are welcome! Yes, i'm here. How can i help you, @tony?
  5. How big Chinese is comparing to Vietnam or NZ? and how many tons of honey we export compare to China? countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2014: 1. China: US$260.3 million (11.4% of total honey exports) 3. New Zealand: $168.2 million (7.3%) 6. Vietnam: $127.8 million (5.6%) WTEx In 2010, United States Imports of Honey mostly from Argentina, follows by Vietnam. Mostly because we sell raw honey to intermediaries. Then they use a machine to reduce "percent of water" (i dont know exact words). after that, intermediary export honey over seas. a
  6. Dear @tristan I know that. But I don't argee with you that extracting honey from brood is fail. If we fail, why dont you think how did we export honey to US, Europe last year, 2,3,4...years before? Each country have their own way of rasing bees and extracting honey. Problem of my country is that many people who raise bees/resell our honey are unethical, not the way we extract honey. Vietnam is a poor country, most of beekeepers dont have enough knowledge. They even did not graduated secondary or high school. They need an agent who can buy their honey then help them to export it. Living stan
  7. Hi @Sam Tim Last year in Vietnam, the highest price for raw honey was $3.25NZD/litter. This year, this price would be much more lower. And we cannot export honey ourselves. Wish you can help us. :cry::cry::cry::cry::cry:
  8. The government have no compulsory rules or standars for this job which is completely differ from NZ or the US. People starts keeping bees theirselves. Everyone can be a commercial beekeeper with only around $13,000NZD (200,000,000 VND) start-up capital. 10 years ago, number of commercial beekeeps can be counted in hands (very few). the general problem in our country is that when people sees someone else does a job with high revenue, they are willing to give up their old job to start this one. Nowadays, I can find beekeeper everywhere. Last year, price for 1kg honey was nearly $2.6NZD (40,000VN
  9. I'm sorry for being offline from this site for a long time. Normally, Each commercial beekeeper in Vietnam owns around 250-500 hive (a box contains up to 10 frames maximum). This is the optimal number for individual. when doing this alone, they might have to work nearly full time of a day to feed 250-500 hives the or clean the boxes, etc... However, when extracting honey or moving these boxes to another place, they must aks for the help of some thereabouts beekeepers. For example: if they want to extract honey, It must be about 9 to 12 people in order to complete the job in the morning (fro
  10. In the honey season, if the hive is strong and the box is full of frames, the worker bees will create this amazing structure in the top of the box. We have to cut them out whenever we extract the honey. This is a very common phenomenon in Vietnam.
  11. 1st, about swarming. There are some reasons for this phenomenon: -The queen is too old while the whole colony is too strong -there are some diseases (such as varroa...) -The hive is too dirty -the worker bees create new queen cell ... The solution we use for these problems is that: insert a new queen cell if the queen is not goog enough; split the hive if they are too crownded; throw away the queen cell that the worker bees created and replace by a handmade queen cell. We also have some people to check the box regularly in order to make sure that all the hive is ok. Second
  12. We mix 5 litters of formic acid 94% with 1 litter of Melaleuca oil. The liquid that we got is used for varroa treatment. The small gray piece is flolite floral foam. Its size is about 1x3x5cm. We put in in the be hive for 48h then take it out.
  13. Yes, Ali. We take the frame out, which is about 5-10 cm above the box, then shake it carefully. The bees will fall into the box. After that we use a comb to clean the rest bees staying in the frames. A tool which works like gadern watering is used to make the bees cannot fly for a while. We put these frames into the extractor to get honey. The final step is putting the frame into the box. I will make a video about this but not at this time. Maybe a few weeks later. :)
  14. first is because of weather; the weather in vietnam is much more warmer (always nearly 30 celcious degree). We use only single box, do not seperate the queen with the top box like it is in NZ. And second, since we take honey out every 10-14 days in honey season, this small area at the top of frame seems to be enough.
  15. Some new images about beekeeping in Vietnam
  16. About 1/5 of frame (at the top) is used to store honey, the rest for bee larvae or sometime they store pollen.
  17. Cong

    Brown varroa

    A kind of varroa that we got in Vietnam. One of the most terrible diseases happens every year.
  18. Cong


    How many hives are there?
  19. I don't know the others. My family's productivity is around 80kg/box/year (that is what my father said). As I said, each extraction time we get from 700g - 1,100g/ frames. I don't know exact number because I was at school almost all time. By calculation, it could be like this: He said that we got 240tons. 240 tons= 3000 (box)x 800(g/frame)x8(frame/box)x12.5(times of harvesting) 12.5times spread out from Jan to November. It's quite a long time. The mean is around 800g, I think so. If the mean is not 800g/frame, sometimes higher, we can have expectation of 270-280 tons. Once a
  20. I dont know what you mean with "not much time to rest running single box hive". at the beginning of honey season, we regularly take honey off from frames each 14 days (approximately), and we feed the bees immediately after that. or whenever the frames have stored around 700-1,100 gram (usually when there are out of honey sources), we would extract honey but never forget feeding them. We feed bees by the mix of pollen, soy flour, honey and some additional vitamins (some of these would make the queen bee give birth more). the way we feed them is as the picture below. By that way, we can keep th
  21. About the productivity of my family: Each year, on average, my family get: 10kg/frame or 80kg/a box of hive (around 8frames for a box as you see in the pictures). for each extracting time, it would be around 700 gram to 1100 gram for each frame. Recent years, My father has owned nearly 3000 boxes (or hives), so, he got 240ton to 270, 280 ton of honey each year. However, there is some unethical bees keeper (not my father). They feed the bee too much sugar, therefore, the honey of my country contain lot of sugar. And the result, we lost the contract with the US. There are lot of honey we
  22. @tristan So sorry that I didn't see this question. And because I was busy for the final exams, I couldn't answer for a short time. I'm free now. In Vietnam, we have many sources of honey. Our season begins around December in lunar which is around January or February. At this time, my family raise honey in Daklak, Lam Dong and some provinces near Daklak. The bees take honey from coffee trees.This is the most important time for us to store up coffee pollen too. (because we feed bees by the mix of pollen, soy flour and some additional vitamin). each hive can stores up to 5-6kg pollen. Fr
  23. We now are living at Binh Phuoc province. In June/July, we have bees in DakLak province (mostly) to get some pollen and honey. My family may have some in other provinces near Binh Phuoc too, just think so. Really want to see you but I will not be in Vietnam at that time. I have to study in Wellington, . :confused::confused::confused:
  24. @Dave Black So sorry, I made a mistake, not B10. the pill includes mainly B1, B2, B12, B6, PP. It call multicap, one kind of functional food (extract from fruit, I think so). About "special drug" I said, its name is mivit or ampimivit (images below). Ingredients: Ca, P, CU,Fe,ZN...Vitamin ADC,B, complex, C, amino acid... It is used to increase life time of bee worker, productivity (honey, pollen...), increase larval rearing, rehabilitate bee after honey season...
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