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  1. 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 

  2. 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 .


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  3. 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. 

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  4. 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.



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  5. 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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  6. Broom is a useful plant, somewhere hidden away in one of the many boxes of books I have is a recipe for wine made from broom flowers, supposed to be veeeery nice.


    I once tried to make a dandelion beer , god awful stuff couldn't even give it away as poison

  7. stoney, if you go down the storage rmp route don"t forget you will probably have 3 audits to pay for in the first year, that will more than take care of any savings you make from having your own rmp.

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  8. Manuka Honey Boom ? well thats what the man from Api nz said on the country channel  a couple months back, he said the packers stock were getting low and they were now looking to restock , all the white honey from canty was sold, things are looking up for beekeepers, Just what my farmers wanted to hear "you back in the money boy, where"s my share".


    unfortunately there share is still sitting in my shed along with my share, and I am still wondering where this new sales boom went


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