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Everything posted by Markypoo

  1. If it gets tricky the girls can focus on recycled glass jars instead of plastic containers.
  2. The girls have decided they are targeting the health conscious consumer. Marketing buzzwords include "Raw" and "Unpasteurised" to meet MPi requirements the whole thing is classed as a fundraiser for our Agriculture department.
  3. I make my staples using a stapler. The claim is going to be "Organically managed", not "organic". From what I understand, organically managed indicates an attempt to meet organic requirements without being certified.
  4. My year 13 Agribusiness students are going to market the honey from the school hives for part of their coursework, developing a marketing plan for a new or existing product. They are using recyclable glass for containers. They may end up adding in cinnamon or other things (undecided as yet) Can we claim that use of OA acid staples means they have been organically managed? The bees and hiveware have never had any contact with synthetic miticides. This is going to be part of their marketing plan. I just want to get this right as one of them is considering going to go on and enter the Y
  5. HI Just an idea that others may not have picked up on. Is this a hive that you started from a nuc this season? Nucs can be very relaxed and show their true colours when they have their numbers up. I had a nuc that was pretty good, but after they have been upgraded to a full box for a couple of weeks turned nasty. Pouring out from underneath the hivemat when I cracked it open. This is in spring during a flow as well. I even had a dozen following me across the paddocks back to the house. I pinched the queen and replaced her. As soon as the new queens daughters started hatching they calmed r
  6. I chuck it all in a large tupperware container to microwave. Then I just shake it with the lid on tight to mix it. Minimal risk of contacting the stuff.
  7. I was gifted a cheap chinese plastic honey gate. It leaks water so I presume it would also leak honey. What is a good budget honey and where from please.
  8. MPI website has a pretty clear guide on their website.
  9. Some good ideas but unfortunately we are a modern day high school, so our budget is about $10. No way we can afford AI equipment. Especially since we have had our operational budget cut. The ministry found a magic new way of calculating school funding and surprise surprise, schools get shafted. There is some interesting stuff we have found about training bees to recognise shapes as well as colour preferences, so we are going to go down that route.
  10. Looks like we are going to do something with UV detection. Setting out sugar water, with UVpens marking the trays somehow. Seeing if there is a colour preference. We may also look at the minimum sugar concentrations they can detect and will they go for a weaker solution that has a brighter UV signal. As she is a Year 12 their has to be a fair bit of science in it. We are going get on to next year's fair in spring for a bigger project. I have had this girl entering every year since year 9. She has won gold twice and got bronze for her first time in the senior section.
  11. Might be hard taping it to it's back.
  12. I have a student interested in a science fair project. I have some ideas myself, but would like to get some ideas from you guys. Anybody got any ideas that we could do over the term? I have some thoughts on UV colour preferences, just trying to think how to do it.
  13. Its my strongest carni hive. Strongest of all my hives and the most honey supers. They demolished their staples and turned them to fluff. And it was in a solid base so I guess it transferred the OA more efficiently around the hive. When I vaporised I saw mites on bees. No longer. But yeah, I might have a really good play in another hive. Pretty happy with the staples. Even if they are a DIY job.
  14. Is there a guide to finding varroa in drone cells? I have been through hundreds of them in my hives with/had staples in them. Can't find a single one. Hoping that I am doing it right but thought I had better check. I am not upset by the thought that I haven't seen any varroa, but would like to find one just to know I am checking correctly.
  15. Cornflour works better. Impresses the kids in class.
  16. I think the leave them alone option is the best. My wife calls me a Beemolester.
  17. Yeah. Going to check for cells in a day or two.
  18. I placed a queen excluder on a hive around xmas time. Somehow I ended up with the queen on the wrong side so have brood all through the honey supers. She's marked so wasn't a supercedure or anything like that. I moved her downstairs today. Just a bit worried about brood space. It seemed to have a lot of pollen stored. Pretty much packed. I popped in two drawn frames with about 30% pollen I was keeping for an experiment. Will this be enough space and will the bees move the stored pollen above the excluder to create space? or should a put a few new frames in? I don't have any drawn ones bu
  19. @Philbee I have an American friend who is wanting me to post on FB about the staples. Do you have any issues with details of how to make the staples being posted where a US audience can read it? Thought it would be polite to ask even though its not like you are keeping it secret.
  20. Summer has finally arrived here. The clover has bloomed on the dairy farm next door. No signs of anything burning off just yet. Very green. Last November I was watering a shelterbelt of poplars to stop them drying out. This year I lost half a dozen young cherry trees due to the ground being an absolute bog.
  21. Thank goodness for that. Was worried I needed a whole crap load more supers.
  22. Excellent. I wasn't too sure when it would start or if I had missed it. Officially we have had 500mm more than usual. When the annual is around 560mm it is a lot. On my farmlet I have had significantly higher dumps than the offical records so could be much wetter.
  23. What I mean by that last sentence is that I understand a commercial operator may not want to state that their season is a bust. Not really sure why I put it in really.....
  24. Having no basis of comparison, I thought I might ask the question. Timaru has been abnormally wet this spring to date. So wet, young trees are dying (most annoying since I am going to lose 4 flowering cherry trees I planted early spring). Many paddocks have small ponds of stagnant water. I had a cabbage tree keel over due to sodden ground and a moderate southerly. This must effect honey production. I am expecting at least 3 supers of honey from my strongest hive of carnies at school. My bees at home appear to be much less productive. My best italian hive had a delayed build up. I a
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