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Everything posted by olbe

  1. I get the board precut to 400x350 then we cut 11 strips @ 400 x 30 per sheet, we then fold strips before soaking, we have costed out to around 4.5 cents cost per strip before soaking. we use 2000 micron board food contact ( not supposed to say food grade anymore) .
  2. I use solid fibre board from Oji fibre solutions , but we buy by the pallet enough board to make around 22000 strips. smaller quantities you should be able to get from somewhere like Attwoods, Their Hamilton store will cut board to size , so I assume there other stores will also do the same. I know others have found more suppliers out there but I don't know who they are . I don't see a need to try gib tape as the board works very well for me, we soak for 48 hrs , then leave to dry for about a week before using
  3. I use screened floors and most hives will have no card dust on the screen , some will have little mounds of card dust on the floor , these look as if the bees don't touch them as they are usually neatly rounded piles. I sometimes wonder if the bees that eject the card dust are perhaps more hygenic and maybe I should be using this as part of my breeder criteria. When I first started seriously playing around oxalic strips I used my home apiary which had a lot of poorly performing hives that I had brought home plus a few good hives that had high mite counts and some DWV , these were
  4. Alistair, a sick hive , a slow down in brood rearing , mites hatching from existing brood, could be the reason for higher mite count after seven days . If it was me I'd hang in there a bit longer , an opportunity for a learning experience maybe .
  5. As beekeepers we probably should all be certified!!
  6. I would have thought you would be very Apihappy with that
  7. You guys could try the CO2 method , you don't have to buy the fancy gizmo just get one of the bike CO2 pumps and with a few mods you will be able to make it work I have not used CO2 myself but Trevor has a video somewhere I think.
  8. Unfortunately the PC brigade got involved and increased the bureaucratic costs way out of proportion
  9. Alastair, it would be good if you were able to do a mite check every seven days , that way you may get an earlier idea of whether this will work or not. When I first experimented with oxalic strips I used about ten hives in my home apiary and did alcohol washes every seven days and what I found was mite levels fell by approx half every seven days until they dropped to zero. one of the hives had a greater mite load than yours has and had lots of deformed wing , it survived and was even split in the spring. The strips which were put in around mid april
  10. @stephenp, I cut my strips at 400x30 and either 1500 or 2000 micron.
  11. bought some propolis capsules from a "proudly 100% new zealand owned " company last year , only to find they were not supporting other NZ owned businesses and using imported propolis in their capsules, needless to say, I will never buy another product from that Co again .
  12. SF = Solid fibre board food contact not ova board And yes, strips left in until bees remove them
  13. the so called staples will work with very high mite numbers, I can,t say whether Phils tape is any good on high mite levels as I have never tried them, but I see no reason why they wouldn't work. In all my testing I have found using SF board mite levels will drop by around 50% every seven days (alcahol wash) once zero mites are achieved I have had hives remain on zero mites with the same strips for over 6 months.
  14. as Ian Steppler said "robbing ,stinging little b#####ds, thats exactly what they were today, more stings than I have had for years, kept finding the vents on my gloves, also the tender spots on torso , didn't have too much on under the suit. I think it must be the high humidity that we now have thanks to an ex cyclone.
  15. yes, just cut the last of my board, cost of the board worked out at 0.036 cents per strip but then there is the time spent processing , to add to that.
  16. I don't know how to use a sewing machine, so I bought a guillotine instead !
  17. Next time I want to employ someone I must remember to ask applicants if they have ever been on this forum under the name of Aquila
  18. Well I for one certainly feel like I am the slave labour during these times.
  19. I am intending to try the CO2 method , but just a note for anyone wanting to use this method, you may still want to make sure not to get the queen in your sample as there is a NZ research paper from around the late seventies /early 80"s that says the lifespan of bees put to sleep with CO2 is shortened. I think this research was done on queens put to sleep for AI.
  20. well we are supposed to keep honey covered when transporting @Alistair If they ever get caught we should be allowed to feed these bass - t#rds on a little piece of soft metal
  21. seen a truck just like that, trailer and all a few weeks back going a bit fast down the western side of Te Raumoa , wondered how long it would be
  22. Sorry Phill, but I did not post any comments about pams cloths or oasis. I only mentioned ovaboard in my post!!
  23. And didn't some of those using ovaboard lose a lot of hives last winter, not saying thats what caused the losses, but just wondering
  24. The cellulose material that I use has been tested in my "in situ" labs for the last four years , so far I'm very happy with it.
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