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CraBee last won the day on November 21 2018

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  1. CraBee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    No gloves for me. My helpers have worn gloves and the OA has worn through them...they have rubber gloves now. There are no real fumes from the OA/Gly staples. Neither me or my helpers have even had the hint of being affected by them this way. Formic acid...well that's another story. I guess different people could react differently to the Ox/Gly - perhaps thats the case here?
  2. I apologise if I relied on information that was in fact not correct.
  3. CraBee

    Agressive bees

    Some of the nastiest hives I have are when you leave one or two at a site and take the rest during a day time move. All those extra foraging bees flood into the hives that are left. It can make for some nasty bees. I don't think you're really a beekeeper until you've had to hoof it for the nearest scrub or into the vehicle with them hanging off you every which way they can. Even in the vehicle they're still at you. One sting at a time is always ok you can get the stinger out, but multiple stings you cant get to each stinger quick enough and they just keep pumping the bad stuff in.
  4. No way. I saw him on the Board and thought OK he's a hobbyist....fine. But now to hear he works for Comvita, that's something that should have been disclosed - by it not being disclosed it is misleading who he really is. And it is exactly this type of thing that just re-inforces the concerns and the very justifiable distrust. That, and then the commercial representatives on the Board who are also supposed to be representing the smaller beekeeper too, but just seem to be cheerleaders for (and seem to have agreed to) this very poorly constructed levy gives me no confidence. No confidence and no trust. No.
  5. CraBee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    A few questions for those who have used OA/Gl: - There was some talk of OA/Gl affecting Spring build-up. Did anyone experience that? - How have others who have used OA/Gl found their honey production levels this year compared to other years?
  6. CraBee

    Manuka fail

    Out of interest what other chemical compounds did you think needed more serious consideration?
  7. CraBee

    Honey demand, facts not speculation

    I agree with @frazzledfozzle on this. There is no harm at all talking about what honey has or hasn't or will sell for. Pricing fixing is when parties then collude together to agree a price. That's not what is happening here.
  8. What is your position on the levy @Emissary ?
  9. CraBee

    Insects doing it hard

    A CNN story on worldwide "massive insect decline" https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/11/health/insect-decline-study-intl/index.html
  10. CraBee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Seems to be fine most of the time, I have been using them in mating nucs. I have noticed though on a few occasions a cell that has emerged, but then no sign of the VQ. I'm not certain, speculating really, but it may be that the new VQ is getting exposed to the OA if the staple is a little wet and this is effecting/killing her. I'm just ensuring/checking the staples are fully dry now.
  11. CraBee

    Agressive bees

    As the flow is likely to have ended you'll have a plenty of older, foraging bees with not a-lot to do, so they are more likely to be at home, and be grumpy. It's like a forced retirement...what to do. If you were to feed them a bit of syrup regularly this may take the edge off them. All my hives are way grumpier now than when the flow was on. Another scenario is that there have other bees from other hives trying to get into their hive or into boxes to get at any stored nectar or honey or syrup. I notice in particular the corners of the lids with bees looking for a way in, and so the bees in your hive are on alert to this robbing and go on the attack. So make sure the hive is bee-proof. Or they could be feeding on a plant of some sort that has made them testy. Another scenario is that the Queen has passed on, and they have a VQ in the hive, they usually become extra vigilant then. It doesn't sound like Queen genetics is causing it, if it has just started, but if it continues for too long getting a new Q may help.
  12. CraBee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    We've got fresh staples into the majority of hives over the past month or so as we're pulling honey. They staples are also going into all the nucs that are being made up. Mites levels are very low, but @philbee is right - don't leave it any later to get a treatment in because this is the start of the danger time. The staples in a reasonable hive seem to lose their tang (via the taste test) after a month or so, so we'll be looking at treating again. Beware late in Autumn too - this is where I got really smashed last year on some sites as I became a bit complacent. Re-invasion is very real and can be very nasty. I think that if the staples are a bit wet the solution can effect the bees negatively/kill bees, so dry them off if you need to, on the edge of the pail or the edge of the hive or on your bee-suit/overalls (yes I know I shouldn't but I do). As soon as you think you are on top of the mites give yourself a kick because its right at that time you need to be vigilant. Apologies for the lecture! Just passing on some hard earned lessons. I think @sailabee cracked it with the theory that younger bees can be effected by OA/Gly as their skeleton is so new/soft.
  13. My comments about the old beekeepers was "tongue in cheek" :-))
  14. Well the halving of the multi-floral honey price in the last two years doesn't excite me. Nor do all the hives around the place. My view is that all the old beekeepers, who have had a good run, now need to retire as that would help solve the over-stocking problem. That would excite me. I wasn't excited to have 206mm of rain in December in Auckland, right when the target crops were flowering. The December before was 8mm...so so dry. Global warming doesn't excite me. I'd get excited if I could be persuaded that APINZ will achieve positive things for the industry. I'm yet to be excited there...