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olbe last won the day on November 3 2018

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  1. Even more unlikely to find any honey in it !!!
  2. I don't waste my time on that anymore, Can't seem to find any in my age group
  3. The only three things I miss about the old black bees are The wasp resistance, the stock resistance and the theft resistance , sometimes I think the bitchiness might be worth having just for those three traits
  4. Shop towels will work between the boxes of a double brood colony , don't work very well on a single . and they are a pain in the butt to work with , stick to the strips
  5. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I believe MPI would love to see the demise of all the mum and dad operators out there , the large corporates just roll over for a belly rub when new regulations are imposed upon us , but the smaller operators tend to be a bit like aunties chicahuahua , we snap and nip at MPI's heels and just like us with aunties chicahuahua , they get to the stage where they just want to kick that yapping dog outta there
  6. Like most I got sucked into the "specially formulated for bees " blerb, but am going back to the animal feed at the same feeding rate as bee feed, as for what way do I think its better ? Dennis its more of a gut feel than anything positive, just feel the bees brooded up better on the old product . One other thing I have noticed over the last few springs is quite a lot of hives having sugar that has crystalised in the frame and I have been wondering if this was caused by something in the agrisea seeding the sugar syrup .
  7. I believe they are different herbal products for the bee feed Personally I think the animal feed is better
  8. If you feed a sugar syrup with high hmf you will have bee die-off , but if you feed a fondant with a high hmf you would be less likely to see much bee loss because the bees use fondant a whole lot slower than they do with syrup and therefore the amount of hmf each bee consumes would be lower and extended over a longer time.
  9. Agrisea was being used by myself and other beekeepers long before it was promoted as a bee feed. I was using the animal feed purchased off trademe in 20 litre containers for a couple of years, then out of the blue I got a phone call from someone at agrisea telling me they were starting to get quite a bit of interest from beekeepers in their stockfeed and wanted to know why I was using it and did I think it made any difference to the bees,I think it was the next spring that they started advertising the "bee Feed" as specially formulated for bees.
  10. Hey Maggie I don't think MPI are running the beekeeping industry , more like ruining the beekeeping industry.
  11. My personal feelings are that the apiary register should remain with asurequality , that way it would be seen to be independent of any beekeeping organisation and only made available to pmp for afb use . thats what it is for .
  12. there is a supplement company in Hamilton who's packaging proudly displays " 100 per cent New Zealand owned" , but the propolis inside is made with " local and imported ingredients " I wonder if that company owner has a beehive in their backyard !!
  13. If you have mesh floors and a vaporiser that pushes out a decent amount of vapor like the one shown you extend the nozzle and fit an elbow then just vaporise from below the mesh floor quick and effective , don't see a need to block anything. Not good for those plastic floors though.
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