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  1. Same for me, I had two notifications and I am not a member.
  2. I saw this "news item" and wondered what was new. I used "tooting and quacking" when I was a hobby beekeeper back in Holland almost 50 years ago. When the virgins were about to emerge, I listened in the evening if the first one had emerged and if so, opened the hive the next morning to control possible swarming. My dad used it as well, much longer ago; don't know what is new about it. Have wondered why hobby beekeepers here in NZ don't used it.
  3. No stitching, not sure why it's done. At 9.5 cts per strip not to worry too much. I dry them really well, by laying them out between "folded out" cardboard boxes, which takes all the excess off. After that they still weigh 50 to 53 grams, which about 11 grams of OA. I apply 3 per brood box, as my queens get only 8 FD frames plus feeder. The card board strips are called: GB Boxboard
  4. Will look up tomorrow what cardboard it is, 45 cm long and I think 2.5 cm wide and from memory 2 mm thick. One dry strip weighs 18 g. I dry them really well and no damage to bees at all. No, they last at least a month or longer.
  5. I use cardboard strips, which hold about 33 grams of OA/GL solution. I used 35% Oxalic and had good results.
  6. And where I live in Katikati: Horizontal the months and vertical mm Rain14.pdf Well that's not working, I have the monthly rainfall in a graph yearly over the last 6 years, but the file doesn't seem to upload properly. I will try to work it out.
  7. All my excluders are like that, only 4 to 5 cm open at either end. Have used them for more than 15 years, and you get very little pollen above the excluders.
  8. Bumblebees have only few worker brood cycles, after which the colony (queen) switches to produce queens and drones. No workers will then be added. As with honeybees, build up is dependent on availability of pollen and nectar. If pollen in particular is scarce, the few brood cycles to produce workers will not produce too many workers. Red clover is a real attractive source of pollen and nectar for bumblebees.
  9. Not really the right way of looking at it. When you don't do pollination your honey crop will go up. We are in the same area, I have done pollination for a long time but not anymore. Honey crop now is 50Kg + over the last four seasons.
  10. Honey is spread out over a large area, around 30 sq. metres and "dryish" air from the dehumidifier(s) is blown over the surface. All done in a small polypanel room, where the dehumidifiers extract the moisture from the air. This little room is upstairs; honey pump from the holding tank below to it and the honey drains by gravity down into the holding tank again. Honey temperature is controlled by the room temperature, which is controlled by an air conditioning unit. The system takes a certain amount of water out of the honey per hour, so you circulate the honey for a time depending on starting moisture content of the honey, target and quantity.
  11. I can only speak for what we do. Dependent on where the honey is harvested, the moisture can vary lots. Have seen nice capped honey of over 20% and even capped honey, where cappings "blow" due to fermentation (see it sometimes during extraction). So, how is ripening defined? We only dehydrate to make the product safer and the method we use is similar to what the bees do sort of. When honey after extraction measures 20% moisture; leaving it at that is no option; so we have to lower it. And as I said, most of this honey has ripened and had been capped. I have chosen to lower the moisture by trying not to damage the honey by heating. I always thought we did the right thing and hope we'll get confirmation of this.
  12. No, after extraction it goes through the dehydrator until the required moisture level is achieved and then drummed off.
  13. You say that moisture removal is a new thing. We have done it for about 15 years and we do it before the honey goes in the drum. We have lowered the target to 16.5 %, because honey gets stored for longer. The honey is not heated (< 30C, below hive temp.) during the moisture removal, so all the goodness of the product stays.
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