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Christi An

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  1. not that i know of. Beekeeping does not have as big of a lobby as other agricultural fields...
  2. commercial means that your primary source of income is beekeeping. mind you the german beekeepers cant produce a commodity that sells for an overinflated price, while having to pay way higher taxes and facing even more ridiculous regulations. so those that are commercial there actually do have to know a thing or two.
  3. Take a kitchen towel and drop a few drops of cloves oil on it. put it into a plastic box, close the lid and let it stay there overnight. the smell of the cloves oil acts as a natural deterrent to bees.
  4. alternatively a quick sandblast (if they are unwaxed) or lick with a rough sandpaper might also alleviate that problem. from the manufacturers perspective roughing up the injection mould would also be possible I myself am certainly going to go back to wooden frames (and certainly without those retarded hoffman sides) for the brood chamber
  5. that might have to do with the fact that bees dont seem to particularly like plastic frames, however their design is also optimized for cheap production and not beekeeping. If the small hive beetle ever makes it to NZ (which i dont hope) theyll be gone in 2 seasons... But even the wooden frames i have come across so far would have room for improvement. Bigger and thicker Top bars for example would help greatly reduce any burr comb. The concept of Beespace applies in 3 dimensions.
  6. you know... if frame manufacturers wouldnt employ first semester design students and actually cared about fundamental things like "bee space" you would not need forestry equipment to lift of a honey super. every time I open one of my hives I am disgusted how stupidly hives are designed around here. As if it was the aim to kill as many bees as possible. another thing i will have to sort out in the future... Building hiveware 100 % myself.
  7. get yourself one of those honey refractometers. aliexpress will give you plenty of cheap options.
  8. Also Bees that are suffering from diseases (high mite load!) can become more grumpy. I suggest checking mite loads as well.
  9. plenty of examples where there were ballots regarding big projects in western democracies. Switzerland is a prime example where often policicians failed with stupid ideas because the voters were smart enough to say "no" and I reckon thats how a democracy should work.
  10. if the taxpayer is supposed to pay for something, he/she should be asked first. As for paying for the (costly) development of a varroa treatment. If I helped finance the whole endeavour I would then in return expect to recieve treatments at a reduced / no price. philbee... ever thought abouy crowdfunding? just an idea... As for AFB those "hard case" beekeepers that have been repeatedly non compliant should bear the full cost of the system.
  11. so the AFB strategy seems to not be working. I had the same thought when I read all those AFB case studies in the Journal... the AFB elimination approach (has a similar endeavour ever worked out anywhere and anywhen in human history ?) relies that all beekeepers engage and work together. Plenty of Beekeepers seem to continue to ignore every procedure related to AFB management (its a miracle they still manage to keep the mites at bay) as long as those few Individuals (and most importantly the ones you do not know about) are not prosecuted properly and made to
  12. When i started Beekeeping i did spray B401 onto live bees once (because i didnt know better) The bees were fine, but, unfortunately so were the mites. i still had to treat them in autumn. I wouldnt get too excited...
  13. all I did was point out an alternative method to treat a heavily infested hive, that has been proven to work very well in different regions including here. I also pointed out some of the underlying principles as to why it works and hinted at the fact that feral bees have a very similar behavior in similar circumstances. all you did was state 2 true but irrelevant and VERY generic facts and that it would not work... yes that is very ignorant behavior. also no need to hide behind politics, any nz beekeeping community (is there such a thing?) or a british comedy show
  14. sorry but that is just a very ignorant excuse because you do not want to believe something might work that you never even considered trying. Ive actually already done it here as well, results were the same as in europe albeit only with a few hives. But I see no reason why it should not always work perfectly (on the contrary you get away with doing it much later than you had to do if there was an actual cold winter) Of course differences in climate can make a difference, but its usually the other way around. What works in climates with way colder extremes (Germany does actually get
  15. Yes true in germany you might have a broodless period over winter. but complete removal of all (capped) brood is a technique used for the late summer/autumn treatment. It does sound extreme but to my experience and the one of many others it works very well and the hives recover very quickly. As far as i know the juvenile hormone of hatching brood does play a role in the aging of adult bees (thats one of the reasons winter bees live that long when the hive is broodless) assuming the mite level really is very high the removed brood would be mostly
  16. just a side note: the BT product europeans (occasionally!) use against wax moths on bee equipment is called "B401"
  17. yes. and also you immediately remove most mites most viruses and a lot of diseased brood (if infestation levels are high). putting in strips of something will be a slow treatment and mean slow (if at all) recovery
  18. DWV only gets this extremely virulent with the mites transmitting it into the "blood" of the bees. if the mites are gone the deformed wings will go aswell (despite the virus still being there) If the health of the hive is your biggest concern and the mite load is extremely high a shock swarming method and then a flash treatment with a high efficacy against phoretic mites (OA for example) would be a very good approach. However that would mean youd have to remove the honey supers. Do you have drawn comb? Assuming the same situation (a hive with an unbearable hive load and
  19. I dont dare to judge your personality by how you write in this forum. And believe it or not i actually can be a nice guy myself occasionally Rest assured that when engaging with you in threads I will be honest/straight about things i agree and disagree with. Oh and by the way... im Austrian yes that is what i thought as well, although some italian beekeepers (also commercials) still seem to use it to great success. I dont know why it does work for them though.
  20. no of course both hives will be treated. the one with the removed brood a day after all the brood is removed, the nuc (provided you actually create it) after all capped brood has been hatched. If the mite load was VERY high you actually might want to consider to kill the capped brood anyways as it will be full of viruses and diseased bees. In this case you could see this procedure as a kind of emergency procedure. by the way another treatment technique just came to my mind: As far as i know in southern europe (italy) is is not uncommon to cage the queen for 4 weeks and thus artific
  21. no... that is exactly the point... ALL brood is removed... the hives are weakened but bounce back very quickly and go into winter as very strong hives... i personally know a few people that do this regularly and swear by it! I myself used this method with great success... those hives were my strongest before winter. Also you end up with one healthy hive on fresh comb and another (most often) healthy hive with a young queen, that you could either sell (ok pointless in the current situation) or combine with the other hive if you fancy an early honey harvest. most welcome!
  22. I was not quoting him, and i am far from being negative towards the oxalic/clycerin treatment. On the contrary. I just cant stand the way certain people handle any criticism and questions towards it. That doesnt mean they generally do a bad job at helping to develop a new treatment. Youll be there too as soon as synthetics stop to work, which they will eventually if you assume the situation here develops similar to Europe. Then the mite levels that the bees can withstand will become lower over time as the mites seem to be becoming more virulent. That will pretty much mean
  23. do plastic frames survive the hot steam? as for a solar wax melter (which are awesome for the occasional frame im sure it will very likely destroy/warp any plastic put in there as it can get very hot inside.
  24. i find that comparison rather insulting towards real scientists, that are utilizing a certain codex and fact base work ethic centered around transparency, repeatability and neutrality and NOT hostility. He rather seems to be a tinkerer (whether a skillful one or not I cannot tell) that seems to rather violently engage anybody asking even the slightest critical questions or disagree with his personal opinions. If this is just due to his personality, countless unfortunate misunderstandings or just fear that his buisness model might take damage if he had to transparently address any c
  25. so somebody asks somebody else a simple and innocent question and you feel the urge to figure out "parochial" terms for various places?
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