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  1. Jamesc Your choice of the farmlands glycerine may be the reason for your losses, the glycerine they sell now is very thin compared to the shine glycerine they used to sell.


    I used to get my glyc from farmlands , but when they changed supplier the new product was a lot thinner and that puts the final solution out of kilter ( the solution leaches out of the strips)


    I now purchase my glycerine direct from bell booth in Palmerston North 200l at a time Shine USP/BP grade , also if you used the ovaboard product, that could also be problematic as

    that stuff is made from recycled board and so could have anything in it. I would suggest that you find a supplier of what used to be called food grade fiber board  but now called food contact board , this can be obtained here in the Waikato at Attwoods in hamilton and they will get it cut to size .If there is an Attwoods down there in CHCH they may be worth a visit

    Check their website under greyboard I think.



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  2. The hives @Matt mentioned most likely did not die from starvation , but from a combination of several factors not the least bring Nosema Ceranae , this area of the Waikato had a grouping of the highest Nosema Ceranae counts during the pathogen programme testing , when combined with other stressors this nosema is deadly.


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  3. My preference is wooden frame, plastic insert , if you have wax melter coat the plastic sheets yourself with your own wax its a nice job for a ####ty day.


    years ago I used pierco plastic frames and the bees treated them the same as wood frames, but these locally produced frames seem to get exceptionally waxed to the boxes 

    I suspect the plastic is outgassing some chemical that is encouraging the bees to produce this extra wax on the frames.



  4. Right on the button Nikki Watts, just like drones wasps seem to congregate in places for the act, but it seems these areas are not the same each year.

    couple of years ago I got called out by one of my farmers who said there must be a large wasp nest by the effluent pond , starting at the effluent pond and running down the fence line for approx 150 metres was a barbery hedge and from the top of the hedge to about 80cm above there were thousands of wasps flying up  and down the full length of the hedge,

    and quite a few wasps were clustered in small groups nearby on thistles just doin there thing 

    The wasps had never been noticed there before and haven't been noticed since.

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