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  1. Both look a bit dodgy, didn't interfere.
  2. Rather confusing this reply, as some hands can hold a cupful. Maybe there is a chilling factor as well,we have had cold and windy weather and not all bees make back into the hive.
  3. Lifted this frame today and saw this!
  4. I think the outcome of this research should be in all papers and news channels; so the public gets the message. Could make a difference!
  5. Maybe we need more of these stories: Honey may be a better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines, a new study has found. Researchers said honey was more effective in relieving the symptoms of cold and flu-like illnesses than the usual commercial remedies, and could provide a safer, cheaper and more readily available alternative to antibiotics. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/19/health/honey-common-cold-cough-treatment-scn-wellness-scli-intl/index.html
  6. All I can think of, that you use a little lemon juice, which will be acidic and at that temperature will pull apart some of the sucrose into glucose and fructose. So that could mean there is a chance of some HMF forming, but can't imagine that being a problem as the percentage of the sucrose being inverted will be low.
  7. Same for me, I had two notifications and I am not a member.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. I use cardboard strips, which hold about 33 grams of OA/GL solution. I used 35% Oxalic and had good results.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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