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Stu last won the day on May 3 2015

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  1. We have had a few doing this and 99% of the time its an old queen that has attempted to swarm but has its wings chewed off so cant fly and ends up walking under the hive. I recommend getting rid of comb/brood under the the hive as it will potentially have high varroa levels and will re-infest the parent hive. The gaps in the base should be around 3mm so if you have bees getting through it may be time to get rid of old comb as the bees are getting too small but gaps in the base can buckle and get wider if the small tabs that hold the vents together.
  2. All full depth, frame a mix of wood wax and wood with plastic inserts....the odd plastic frame gets in some of them. Lids are generally Hive Doctor...sprung end with safety edges folded inwards. Also all have top feeders 75-80mm high. Under the lids you will find a range of insulation including old fertilizer sacks. No markings as such but my writing will be all over the lids. yep. the worst thing is they will be a local and probably see them around at school etc!
  3. Just had 40 singles stolen from the South Wairarapa last week at some stage. They took the boxes off and onto their own bases. Looks like the thieves went in the direction of Western Lake area in the Wairarapa. All hives will are reasonably new and have beetek top feeders with feeder cups and unpainted. They were chocka with feed. They did not take the emlocks so have there own system. If you get offered any hives in the area please let me know.
  4. Just managed to get our new patty machine going today.....awesome! We are mixing one bag of feed bee or Mega Bee, 10 kg of icing sugar, honey bee healthy, manuka oil 60 ml, and the key ingredient is coconut oil at which is liquid/heated when added but turns the patty into a firm flat package when cold so its easy to cut up and keeps its shape. We have a shaped nozzle 100mmX10mm. All mixing in one hit! Cost an arm and leg $9000+ but in a day we can make more than we could use in two years. All patty,s are 100mm wide and 15mm thick and packaged in a fibrous bag. The machine is a modified Th
  5. Hi All, Thank you for the comments and heartfelt consideration. It was a really hard decision and I put a lot of me into the business, but I also have four young kids and an incredibly understanding wife that supported me and soo many people tell me you get the kids once and to not let these years go without giving it all and having some time to build good relationships. Ultimately It became so busy I would have been letting you guys down in the end and failing to send gear out in time etc so thought it would be better to quit while I was still semi on top of it. I didn't want to give up
  6. Good point..Bayvarol did not seem to work as effectively as it has in the past so it's possible mite loadings were a bit higher going into winter and I also ran out of my amino boost which was brilliant at getting a large amount of varroa free bees into the hive post treatment going into winter...did this for the previous few years and found the more young varroa free bees going into winter the easier the hive managed. Temps not an issue.
  7. I'm scratching my head with regards to all this. Much better hive health than last year and very few losses but hives in general are not as perky as they could be. The season started with early swarming and I'm seeing cells in most hives but more for replacement of queen rather than swarming? I have put new queens in almost all hives, fed them well, isolated the bees from the general population, treated with FGMO fogger, Apivar and some thymol pads and yet I am still getting massive variations in hive health and more importantly in queen laying rates. Have heard some comments of people re-q
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  9. Hi Stephen, contact me at: info@hivedoctor.com Making 3000 nucs (old style) now and will have 1500 in Australia so you can pull stock from this. Cheers Stu
  10. Hi All, Sorry ive been overseas for a bit and website has been completed but needs my sign off before releasing it. If you email me I can send you a pdf of the product guide.
  11. Hi Stephen, Just going through emails etc now...did you still need my email? info@hivedoctor.com. Cheers
  12. In the instructions I show a small strip of carboard in a 'V' that plugs the gap and is a two second job to make at no cost..or Plug it with a $2 frame? If your getting great $$ for the nuc a $2 plug is a pretty cheap option? The other benefit of inserting a spare frame is there is more volume for the bees to expand into if the bees get stressed while traveling plus location to store honey if the new owners don't get to it quickly...or sell it with an internal feeder and recover the cost in the sale? The new box design now have seam sealed edges for insulation and are able to be clippe
  13. Hi All, With regards to the 'too tight' issue I am happy to report my new box design has arrived and we have increased the strength by 50%, end length by 5mm and made it much wider so it can no fit 6 frames (at a push!) or 4 frames and a 55mm wide 3.5 litre internal feeder! Will explain with pictures soon. Cheers
  14. Love it...can you send a few more pics through! How is the truck going? Cheers Stu
  15. Yep they look well made and intelligently manufactured with simple robust controls that will be difficult to break...although I can imagine getting tired and stuffing something up at some stage.
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