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tristan last won the day on March 10

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  1. i highly doubt that implication simply due to beeks failing the test on non-manuka honey from sites that are next to nucs sites that are constantly being fed, ie robbed. for us up here manuka is the first crop, so thats the one that has any left over sugar from feeding.
  2. the reality is some frames of sugar feed get moved into supers and is not always consumed before honey flow starts. to avoid that your often feeding up to the start of the honey flow which is easy to be caught out. however the sites that we have had fail on sugar (and others reported the same) is sites that have been robbing out other beeks feeding operations. thats the downside of high density beekeeping.
  3. how many kilo's of sugar can we get away with in our honey? thats the main question we need answered.
  4. keep in mind its not just about you feeding the hives. plenty of cases around of bees robbing other hives that have been fed, spilt sugar or even sweets that have been fed to stock or dumped. one of the many downsides to over stocking.
  5. weld broke with 3 days to go. got by with vice grips and two sash clamps. all welded up. not going to be fun putting it back together. they don't seam to make thing easy to pull apart. had to cut sensors off to remove the electrics. the bolts for the ecu box are behind the ecu so i may have to pull all that out just to get to the bolts @Trevor Gillbanks it may be designed for manufacturing, certainly not made for repairing.
  6. nothing is going stay a single box. its probably gets swapped for a nuc at every visit. thats about the only way to keep a hive that small. probably the beeks nuc raising operation. seen that done with pollination hives
  7. a lot of the urban sprawl into rural areas is lifestyle blocks and the amount of hives has increased massively as everyone has become a beekeeper to write off their tax to the "farm".
  8. that sort of stuff is just normal replacement stuff. nothing exciting. only new toys we have gotten is a deboxer. plenty of other things i would like but the $$ are not there.
  9. you would learn quite a lot. even for experienced beeks it can fill in the gaps, all the stuff you don't normally do.
  10. trouble is AFB can look like PMS at times. AFB in its early stages can look like a lot of things. plus it kinda looks like mite debris in many of the cells in the pic. personally i would not call it AFB, but mark it for checking later on. with AP2 don't they lab test samples from the hives before burning ?? i know of guys who had hives that have been marked AFB by ap2's, yet they never found anything themselves and the hive never got symptoms or died.
  11. unless i've missed something, you may have killed a non-afb hive.
  12. what part of that in particular? not uncommon to use aluminum tanks as you can make them fit your needs. fuel tanks can leave a bit to be desired. often don't have good baffles. have fuel sized fittings which are to small for syrup. pumps need to be suitable for thick syrup. fuel is really easy to pump, syrup is a major pain.
  13. one thing i dislike is many tanks do not have baffles. i looked at baffle balls but it was $$$$$. plus i like the tanks to be low which really reduces the roll.
  14. i'll add a bit here. keep to standard gear. makes it easier to get and deal with. odd size boxes or frames just complicates things for no real reason. wooden frames, especially wired frames, will require a bit of extra gear and know how. plastic will get you going straight away.
  15. ok, your looking at this back to front. a good beehive will produce a lot of honey, so to produce a small amount you need a bad crappy beehive which is most certainly something you do not want. no beekeeper wants bad hives. you should always have a beehive is good condition and the byproduct of that is a lot of honey. besides your friends will always be eager for free honey should you have to much. so please get rid of this idea that you only want a small amount. bees simply do not work that way. standard 10 frame 3/4 boxes will work fine. two hives as it pays to be able to use one to fix up the other. i would use bee escapes. boxes there is plenty of discussion on here about the different ones.
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