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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 hon
  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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