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Everything posted by olbe

  1. made my last purchase in spring, still have plenty left at this time, as has been posted there are other retailers out there, I would recommend using only pharmaceutical grade , especially if commercial.
  2. I feel calling vipers bugloss as Blue Borage is the same as calling Kanuka as Manuka
  3. to have a law and order service would infer that we have a justice system, I see a system but I don't see justice.
  4. You say your hive does not have much brood, if it was me I would do an oxalic acid vapour to knock down phoretic mites quickly your dwv could take several weeks to clear up , if it ever does
  5. I don't think these hives even got the shop open this season!!
  6. hi Matt, 2 or 3 frames capped brood, plenty pollen , ###### all stores . these are all hives that didn't make pollination. couple k's west of me green grass , few more k's south and east , green grass , around me brown grass , seem to have missed most of those earlier downpours lots of wind since August, and heaps of drone layers this spring, the ground is like concrete , blunted my spade trying to dig a hole the other day .
  7. Thinking I might have to feed some of my waikato hives, slabs of pollen, very little nectar
  8. Honey being low glycemic should be able to give a sustained energy boost to keep going all night James, Of course I mean for shifting those hives over to bighands back yard !
  9. could smell smoke in the air in the waikato this morning , quite dull mornings and evenings.
  10. Hey Kaihoka, your phone description sounds just like my wife talking about me.
  11. I say good on ya Bruce for having a go, he was the only one to at least try to support our family/small business beekeeping community and we will now only be purchasing from his family business in the future whenever possible. GO BRUCE
  12. Hey Matt I am south of you and our blackberry is flowering, hope your not spraying while its flowering man
  13. gino, surely you've heard of bee milk, been around longer than almond milk, so we should be able to promote it as the original alternative to dairy.
  14. Sounds like he must of started out working for one of the corporates, and learned about hive placement from them.
  15. Phil, Maybe you should have a talk to Jane Lorimer I think Jane did a submission last reveiw
  16. Not all posca pen are equal , I use posca paint pens and into my 4th season with ox strips and have no issues with queen marking .
  17. I certainly hope you were talking through a hole in your head Fraz, Now with reinvasion , it does not always come from collapsing hives , these mites are pretty smart critters and when mite numbers are at there peak in late summer and the amount of brood in the hive is starting shrink these smart critters start to change tactics, instead of jumping on nurse bees they hitch a ride on foragers and get transported out into the big wide world where our hives just happen to bee. So it stands to reason that the stronger your hives are, the more brood they have, the more mites they will
  18. Hey Dennis, did you bury the horn or was it just raining
  19. the way they are squashing houses into Te awamutu it will be pretty hard to site hives 25 metres from the next door dwelling.
  20. As Ted said definately comvita hives, C358 is one of the outfits they bought out .
  21. I see MPI may have just killed this thread !!
  22. The "private sellers" were staff , last I heard it was 4000 to pollination.
  23. Just a note that two of the people in that article work for companies that have a joint venture for growing manuka plantations, so they have a vested interest in promoting to land owners that plantations are the future of the manuka industry.
  24. unfortunately not all "research " has an apparent benefit to all beekeepers, just look at what MPI's research into "Manuka" has done to a lot of beekeepers bottom line.
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