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Gabor last won the day on February 6 2018

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  1. Gabor

    February 2019 diary

    it's varroa culling time! those are staples for the oxalic/glycerin solution
  2. Gabor

    February 2019 diary

    Your bike would not reach your front gate by the amount I drink I miss my bike
  3. Gabor

    February 2019 diary

    I'm too old to drink crap alcohol and too lazy to bother
  4. Gabor

    Oxalic and glycerine

    exactly what I did. I never exceded 50C
  5. Gabor

    February 2019 diary

    Wow, that's rapid. By the way, - if it's not a secret or personal - what is the plan with 250kg honey? I took 42kg (left plenty for the bees) and it is not easy to store or consume, even my kids are drinking the stuff. I know, it would be ideal to have at least two hives but that would mean roughly double the honey crop... what could I do with that amount of honey is a mistery to me
  6. Gabor

    NZBF Honey gates

    I wanted to buy one and one of the big suppliers had an offer: 25l bucket with honey gate for a price of a honey gate. It's plastic obviously and leaked water but did not leak honey even when the bucket was full, sitting in the corner for days. (although I had to remove the gate and smooth the plastic edges of the pail by myself, no biggie) Now I checked again and the price went up a bit https://www.ceracell.co.nz/20l-heavy-duty-grade-pail-assembled-with-gate/ for a serious application I'd buy a metal one tbh
  7. Gabor

    February 2019 diary

    first time I have a real crop and first time tutin testing. good results, I'm a happy camper
  8. Gabor

    Varoa death strips

  9. Gabor

    NZBF How much brood does a hive need?

    I'm a backyard hobbyst and I think the staples are very simple and easy to make and apply. Ideal for hobbysts.
  10. I take it as a compliment. I have huge blind spots how the commercials are operating, I only have a vague understanding of it. I watch loads of beekeeping videos on YT, mostly locals and Australians and some canadian ones and read this forum a lot, it always pays what one can read between the lines written by commercials... I tried to do the maths and find out how many hives (what size of operation) would mean viable business with some minor safety nets, allocations for unplanned events etc. and I failed miserably. Every new hive brings lots of things with it (woodware costs, foundation/wax on frames, travel costs, time, clothes wear and tear, treatment cost, splits, requeening, cost of extraction, storage, lifespan of boxes and frames, smoker fuel, spring feed, you name it) and to be honest I thought it is a backbreaking but simple work mostly in beautiful places. Came out it is way more complex than I assumed initially, not just from the financial side but the practical operation, plannign ahead, and so on. I was totally right with the beautiful places tho If the industry would not be this crowded, small operations struggling/driven out by externally funded big players, I would be happy to take the risk but from my point of view a small one either must do something very special to survive or facing mountains of disadvantages to start a business out of commercial beekeeping. I don't really believe a hobbist with few colonies in the garden can turn it to a stable, lucrative business. Maybe in a very long run, constantly investing in it for years. And 500g of honey in the supermarket is still $10-12
  11. Gabor

    Oxalic and glycerine

    my staples were in the stuff for 24 hours and squeezed out before application. they seemed wet tho heaps of bees are out the hive now just hanging around probably the hot weather and the fresh staples were a tad too much for the faint hearted ones
  12. I would not mind going commercial, but. First of all, there is a giant surplus of honey, prices are low. And I live in a small house in Auckland, I don't even have room for 4 hives at my own place so I would need places elsewhere, places without bees and I don't think it would easy to come by, having a million hives in the country. Competition is OK, but get hundreds of hives starving in overcrowded areas is not competition, just crazy. Plus the wood shop, storage, place for extraction, vehicle(s) , overhead... I would export (I guess) and that comes further costs. (I'm just speculating like I have the proper knowledge to scale up anyway :) It is an interesting field and not easy, no quick money at that but I would think twice to invest in it now.
  13. Gabor

    Oxalic and glycerine

    35%OA in the mix
  14. it is without the consent of the property owner or person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above. Not illegal with consent.
  15. Gabor

    Oxalic and glycerine

    4 per box for me
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