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Mummzie last won the day on May 13

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  1. I encouraged a beekeeper to use staples in a varoa ridden hive over the honey flow last summer- as he didn't want to use strips while his supers were on. He was delighted with the result. Another Beek influenced by me to use staples in spring found issues with queens superceding. I am glad to see discussion of variations in results. These will contribute to building a better product or better methods of applying the product. Geographic variations of temperature and humidity, ventilation and hive construction, and seasonal behaviours of bees need to be considered. One location and one operator, is only a start . I am eagerly awaiting results of trials of this product by people known personally - if only to find how to be able to use it with more success than I had over this last winter.
  2. a. and b. have as many answers as there are beekeepers. In the end its your decision- and that will be based on what you want to achieve. It doesn't hurt to have a hive that doesn't product tonnes of honey if you get good beekeeping skills and understanding in the process. Addressing c, only- you would have to find the swarm queen and bop her on the head so she didn't destroy the cell you may or may not be able to cut out and relocate. Would the benefits (?) be worth the effort? Well done extracting the compost hive. Not a straightforward job I bet.
  3. as long as the Auzzie smoke doesnt show up as well....😞
  4. A very interesting read. Credit needs to be given to those parties who engaged in discussing the negative results in detail- it cant be easy to expose yourself to potential criticism. During the life of the thread there has been a tendency towards positive only reporting, and not much focus on what has caused some to have less success - which will more than likely be a combination of factors, climatic conditions, beekeeping, site and feeding as well as use and misuse of the treatment. to add to the data I wintered on staples in 3 x 3/4 boxes. Inside my hives is damp in winter, ie resident slug. The bees had stores, no feeding. I didn't replace staples. The hives weren't overly strong at spring and were showing DWV. I chose to treat with Bayvarol. Bear in mind that these are tame little urban hobby hives.
  5. something in the potting mix used on the capsicum seedlings has become very attractive
  6. I was called to a hive swarming today but the result was far from expected. The hive was split into 3 10 days ago and the old queen was not left at the original site- she ended up in a nuc box and is laying up a storm. On Saturday the original site hive was examined and left with just 2 cells and no sign of a hatched cell. So not a mating flight ...too early?. The swarm landed in 2 groups in a nearby tree. A couple of hours later when we had gathered gear to retrieve it, it was returning to the original hive. If the owner hadn't been home we would never have known. I wonder how often this happens? I wonder if those swarms that don't stay are like this one and are gathered up before they change their minds.
  7. @ChrisM https://www.beeculture.com/processing-propolis-part-1/ A very good article from Bee Culture- The magazine of American beekeeping. Plenty of tinkering possibilities.
  8. the electric vehicle devotee in our family (Leaf Driver) would argue long and hard that a hybrid vehicle looses its advantage when it comes to maintenance- you effectively have a vehicle with two engines- and the internal combustion engine has moving parts with all the inherent problems and costs....whereas the electric engine has very little that moves. He has failed to convince us yet, as an electric vehicle does not suit our lifestyle of very little vehicle use day to day- as the batteries apparently don't retain their charge, and when we do take a vehicle, it needs more range than what we could get for what we could afford. That said, we need these early adopters to get the technology developing into something more reliable. Lets face it- there are still places where a horse is better than one of them new fangled petrol motor cars.
  9. @john berry Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable. To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food. Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want. If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot. Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less. If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves. (We're testing this with other snack foods as well.) If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other? Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger. Therefore, you need to eat more chocolate. Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Now, isn't that handy? If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you? If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can you?
  10. Beekeeping is not good for immaculate tidy gardens. I feel guilty pulling out weeds that are flowering now, and my choices of plants are all assessed for usefullness rather than aesthetics.
  11. send some to the pink cat to soak in lemon juice.
  12. I was reading an online' how to beekeep' and it offered all sorts of suggestions about smoker fuel - including corn cobs. Quite a while later in the read it mentioned that corn cob smoke was harmful to the bees...... I stick to aged sacking (without fire retardant) and pine needles, and if it can be obtained, wood shavings from a lathe.
  13. Do you have an idea if there are hives near your location?
  14. at the very least its a good arm workout. I've been trying to get the seed fine enough most of today and theres plenty of work to be done yet. Most of my honey eaters prefer the honey liquid, so this is experimental only. A couple of weeks ago I tasted a creamed honey that had such a fine texture it was like butter- I doubt that was achieved with a mortar & pestle.
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