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lexy last won the day on December 2 2018

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  1. if its been a dry summer and theres tutin in the area, you need to be mindful of tutin levels in your honey if you harvest after the flow
  2. depends on storage temperature as well, at lower temp a higher percentage of DHA goes down the chemical pathway to MGO (but painfully slowly). at higher temperature the conversion happens faster but more DHA disappears down pathways into compounds other than MGO
  3. not the best pics sorry. runs about 1 revolution per 3 seconds by memory. it tended to get hot after around 20 min under load so I put the motor in a nice hygienic housing and put a fan from a pc on it (also 12v running on the same circuit) after that i could leave it running as long as i needed. figured out if i hook it up to a battery charger and then 'jump start it with a car battery' it tricked the battery charger into running it if you get what i mean. vat goes underneath. made a lid with a slot so you can slide it on
  4. i made homogenizer out of a windscreen wiper motor from a car and a stainless steel mixing paddle from a milking vat off a dairy farm. 12 volt, runs off a battery charger. and sits on a frame above the vat. works surprisingly well
  5. took a walk up the tops about a week ago where the manuka was still going but had been hammered by big NW. took this pic because i found it interesting that despite being munted the flowers still had bees on them... I wonder if the gleam on that left flower is actually nectar?
  6. same here... every year when you think it cant get crazier more hives turn up to stack up behind the boundary stackers. However Ive noticed there seem to be fewer this season - guess the prices for low value manuka/non manuka have started thinning out the ranks
  7. true that, got masses of kanuka in flower at the moment all round the hives. The bees are studiously ignoring it and flying off who knows where
  8. hi, just wondering if anyones got a rough guideline on manuka wholesale prices per kg? im guessing this is driven by manuka 5, DHA and MGO so there maybe no simple answer... thanks!
  9. wow, my phone can barely even make out stars... heres i timelapse panorama i took down cape palliser a couple of months back blending the afternoon through to full dark. not sure if it will show the whole thing its quite wide
  10. 🤔 at this time of year... helping themselves to what?
  11. if this is on your property rather than on the way to your property you have get this sorted. If someone does something stupid and gets hurt OSH will go after you in a big way. i vaguely recall some case in the media ages ago where the army built a bridge on a farm and it collapsed... it got very ugly
  12. definitive! thanks I'll put in an order before the spring rush😀
  13. when do you refresh OA staples? sorry if this has been discussed before, but its a very long thread. I put in some of Phils OA staples as autumn treatment, most of the hives have been surprisingly easy on them and have barely chewed them. How do you know when to pull and replace the staples? just keep and eye on drops and alcohol wash and replace them when mite levels begin to climb? thanks:-)
  14. should propolis production/harvest be limited to within honey season so its not exposed to varroa treatment?
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