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Everything posted by Gabor

  1. it's varroa culling time! those are staples for the oxalic/glycerin solution
  2. Your bike would not reach your front gate by the amount I drink I miss my bike
  3. I'm too old to drink crap alcohol and too lazy to bother
  4. exactly what I did. I never exceded 50C
  5. 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. 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. first time I have a real crop and first time tutin testing. good results, I'm a happy camper
  8. I'm a backyard hobbyst and I think the staples are very simple and easy to make and apply. Ideal for hobbysts.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I made involuntary zigzag, just didn't know how to change the pattern the staples are soaking the mixture already
  14. seems like it... just watched a lady doing undescribable things with a sewing machine, rulers and textile while she was drinking red wine the only thing I understood was the pizza cutter I think I'm rather gonna stick with clay target shooting, not cheap either but at least I know what I'm doing there
  15. it is not useless info at all, thanks for sharing it, I would never guess why it is called flat fats I kinda guessed it must be ralated to the barbaric measurement system tho... Now I'm gong to watch some quilting video, it is amazing what people would do with their spare time next time I'll try the resin thing!
  16. A few days ago I built a wax melter out of a broken chilly bin and first of all it was great fun and secondly it is working So I processed all my wax collected during the previous year and during the extraction and I decided to go with the beeswax wrapper. I went to the spotlight (went, hehe, I drove my wife there) and while she was obeserving the occult things that are on sale I found things called flat fats but I don't know why. Whatever, I bought some with different patterns. I went through several articles on the internet about these things and there were suggestions of oils and gums and resins but I ignored them all and went straight to the making. I guess the oil/resin mixed with the wax would make it a bit more flexible, maybe next time I'll try that. Method 1: Pour liquid wax on the clothes and brush it in - that is not the way as it became clear very quickly, the wax sets in seconds before it can saturate the textile it gets uneven and leaves dry spots Method 2: Folded the flat fats tightly in a baking mould, put a chunk of wax on thop of it and let it melt and soak through. This is way better than the previous thing but everything gets oversaturated and I had to grab the iron and baking paper to get the excess wax out of the textiles. Wax goes everywhere and my better half used strong words when she saw the state of her iron (this part is still ongoing somewhat ) It's hard to guess how much wax do you need, I definitely overdone it. Method 3: I used the cheese grater to make wax flakes (further strong opinions from my better half for some reason) and used the flakes to cover the textile and used the baking paper and the iron to make it saturate the cloths. If you make just a dozen wrappers I think this is the best way to process small scale, although I think it would be tedious for bigger operation. All in all I made 14 pieces of waxed wrappers in different sizes and they work very well in the lunchboxes and in a (new) chilly bin on the beach yesterday. They're not sticky, they repel water nicely and easy to fold/wrap things in them. My granny used to have huge sheets of waxed canvas as table cover but these things have disappeared as cheap plastics came in... Apparently I can't attach pics at the moment, I'll upload them later.
  17. somebody is making tons of money(?) out of $4 microcontrollers and $3 sensors... ok, also needs a bit of coding. How beekeepers are coping without these things for hundreds of years I wonder. Most commercials are not living close to their sites, what would they do when they see the temp has dropped 0.1deg at the brood chamber? Or humidity changes a percent or two... Having a lot of data doesn't mean you have information. They should put tiny cameras into the hives and one can check from home it is still dark inside the hive...
  18. try asking around Whangaparaoa (they say it's Auckland-ish :) there are still a few valleys without bees. A friend of mine somewhere around arkles bay surprisingly find more than a dozen hives on his property. It's not his own it's a shared something with a body corp-like arrangement and somebody wanted to pay the beekeeper to bring the hives in. Their land is full of manuka but I never thought somebody would pay the beek instead demand money and honey. If I remember correctly, after the final argument between the landowners the beek got away with hives on the land, no money but he has to give cca. 25kg of honey for the owners. I think this is a very good deal for the beek. (good location, easy access, plenty of food for the bugs) Ok, just a few hives not hundreds but still, it looks the general public has no idea the struggle of the beeks finding land to put hives on, a smart beek might be able to secure sites.
  19. Phacelia is called "honey pouring grass" in my tribal language and in eastern europe it yields 600-800kg honey /ha It is common to grow it in sections (one field goes out the next kicks in from May to Sept) It is also great soil enhancer and feed.
  20. thanks @yesbut, this is it. wonderful creature
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