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  1. @Adam Boot I think each commercial beekeeper needs to make that choice based on their own situation...I am not in their position and won’t be suggesting what they should do. It’s just an observation of simple economics at work and the sooner the oversupply of honey sitting around in metal drums in people’s sheds disappears, the sooner things will return to equilibrium so that they can can earn a decent living for their risks and efforts.
  2. Just been to Pak n Save and saw this...might be hard for the commercial guys to see but hopefully the law of supply and demand will help return the honey market to equilibrium sooner rather than later.
  3. Yes...but just to keep varroa at bay for a while. I found you can’t rely on OA vapourising indefinitely. I’ll be trying some of Phillbees staples after the honey comes off early next year. Now is is a good time of year to do it.
  4. Or do this @Qkrwogud Cut a piece of fibre cement board and glue it to the bottom of your hive Dr base to rest the hot iron on. Cut a plug out of the back of a base rim wide enough to pass the OA vapouriser through. Sit rim on top of Hive Dr base and then bottom brood box on top of rim and it’s in place permanently. Go in from the back of the hive - they hardly know that you are there.
  5. Can anyone tell me what plant the red pollen might be from? Have seen a bit of it coming into the hives over the last couple of weeks. I’m in urban Auckland so lots of different garden plants around.
  6. Mike Ledingham is a NZ author that wrote a book “Once a Grunt”. It’s a good read - a bunch of short stories about his time in the army and SAS. The language in the book makes even me blush a bit though!
  7. @Philbee, is that quote from Mike Ledingham’s book?
  8. @Philbee, was your health issue due to exposure over a long time or can you pin it on one specific event?
  9. Hi @BSB, I’ve had one of the Venom Pros for about six months and have found it very robust and well made. It does the job really well.
  10. Or poacher turned game keeper because they know all the tricks!
  11. OK then @CraBee. Very much inspired by @BeeBob's mite count work shown above - I also decided to monitor daily mite drops starting in late April following regular OA vaporising treatment. Unfortunately it's a bit off topic from the original topic based on Bayvrol treatment - but hopefully still interesting to some. Firstly - I'm a first year beekeeper with a lot to learn Second - this is by no means a rigorous scientific trial so please take (or don't take) from it what you will. I have two hives located together in urban North Shore in Auckland. I took one FD honey super off each hive around mid February and then started weekly OA vaporising treatment. From 30 April - I decided to trial OA vaporising every 3 or 4 days. Also - sugar shakes on both hives in early April showed 5 and the other 6 mites. The graph below records the mite drop results following treatment. North Hive - knocked down to a single FD brood box on 22 April, 3-4 frames of brood - with the rest honey. Queen continued to slow down on laying during the monitoring and bees now occupy only 7-8 frames. South Hive - still two FD brood boxes - 7-8 frames of brood on 17 April. They superseded the Queen in January and she only really started slowing up on laying a couple of weeks ago - so still have 4 nice frames of brood. My last inspection a few days ago was the first sign of bee with DWV. I have the newer Hive Dr smart bases and have been counting the mites that fall into the plastic trays that slide in underneath. Results so far are: Similar findings to Randy Oliver's work in that OA has a noticeable peak on both hives in the 24 hours following treatment but then the effects of OA relatively quickly reduce from 48 hours onwards. OA has worked well at reducing mites in the North Hive (blue line) where the Queen was naturally slowing up on brood laying. The sugar shake we did early this week was zero mites. I have stopped OA treatment now but will continue to monitor mite drop every 2-3 days for a while. On the other hand, the stronger southern hive (red line), was struggling to bring mite levels down with OA so on the 18 May - I decided to use ApiLife VAR. Yes - I know it is late in the season - however, we are in Auckland and daily temperatures are still around 19-20 degrees. Hopefully still warm enough at this stage to work? Certainly by the bees reaction during the days since the treatment went in - the smell is keeping them outside hanging around the entrance a lot longer before going in to the hive. I will probably trial the brood break method next summer (begging in Feb?) and see what affect OA has during the 2-3 day period of having no capped brood in the hive. Perhaps creating a brood break each month in late summer/early autumn for two or three months in a row and hitting with OA vaporiser each day for 3 days in a row when there is no capped brood might get on top of them? Probably not, but worth trying - and the Queen may not appreciate be caged up for two weeks every month! There are a lot more questions and "what ifs" raised than answers - so please excuse me if I don't have answers to queries.
  12. Yes, it’s the bees. I’ve seen mine doing it - I’ve got the entrance discs closed down to just one bee and they want a bit more space!
  13. Are you sure you haven’t mixed the jar up with your plum jam! ?
  14. Thats exactly why I started too @Markypoo. But now they are more important than my single plum tree...?
  15. Hope the instructions are in English @mickey ?
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