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Alastair last won the day on April 12

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  1. This device has been on sale for quite a few years, didn't catch on and there is a reason for that.
  2. Will the syrup be pumped out or gravity fed? If relying on gravity i guess you can't have it too low.
  3. You really want the centre of gravity as low as possible, and that galvanised frame is lifting it high and increasing risk of tipping the vehicle over. Me, I would ditch the steel frame entirely, put a bit of heavy duty ply on the deck to reduce slip, and put the tank straight onto that. I would lash it in place with ropes or tie downs, so it could be easily lifted off any time you want to do that.
  4. Did you leave the strips in the sun?
  5. Bees that for whatever reason won't build queen cells, will also kill an introduced caged queen. There are several reasons for refusal to build queen cells, among them being the hive may have a non laying queen, or the workers may be heading towards being laying workers, even if not laying yet. So, sieving the bees may or may not make it safe to introduce a mated queen. However if you want to save the hive with a new mated queen regardless of how much effort is involved, there is a way. - Make a nuc from a different hive and introduce the mated queen to it. Once the queen has it's own capped brood, reduce the queenless hive to the minimum number of boxes the bees can fit in. Take the lid and mat off and put 3 sheets of newspaper on top. Punch a finger sized hole in the middle of the newspaper sheets then put a queen excluder on top. Put a super on the queen excluder and put the nuc in it, close the hive. Leave untouched for 3 weeks. Even if there is some kind of queen below, the bees will normally still accept the queen above, they may not immediately kill the non functioning queen, but the excluder will keep the 2 queens apart so there is not risk to the good one. If there are laying workers, 3 weeks after exposure to brood they will regress back to normal workers. Three weeks after the combine, assess the hive. If there is still no brood below the excluder, the bees will want to be with the brood above the excluder and this will become the main engine room of the hive, with a smaller number of bees below. It will probably be safe to remove the excluder, but leave it a bit longer if you get "vibes" that something is happening under the excluder that might be unfriendly to the new queen. Normally after removing the excluder, even if there is still a non functioning queen in the hive, the bees figure out which is the good one, and the other queen disapears in time.
  6. Personally, I would have been OK with that. Doubt it will happen but if it did, Ozzies could use the name by permission only and would have to pay also.
  7. Interesting you say that, i was already going to post that success rate is something around 20%, if you are lucky. I have worked for a large outfit that used to do it, and best i could tell, hardly paid. I've also done it myself when I've had spare cells. Around these parts i always have some black or mixed hives and when I end up with some spare cells i may go and put them in some hives i don't like the bees. I can tell it mostly doesn't work by seeing there is no change in the colour of the bees several months later. Get the odd success though, my view, it's not worth raising cells dedicated to using for this, but if you got some cells that would otherwise be wasted, could be worth a punt. LOL, I'm going to dub that The Tweedale Method. Walk around the site and flick queen cells in the front door. Whole site requeened in 5 minutes ha ha! 😉
  8. Hey interested to see people commenting. Been in around 120 hives over the last few days, capped brood but almost no eggs or unsealed larvae to be seen. It's like 2 weeks ago a switch was flicked, and every queen stopped laying. This is real unusual at this time in Auckland, and it's not like they are black bees they are mostly golden. Had thought with the warm autumn they would be brooding up too much but the opposite is the case. Surprised it looks like it's happening all over the country. Anyhow, good for winter stores, less sugar needed, excellent.
  9. So what has this to do with commercial beekeeping in New Zealand? First off, I'm not saying watch the whole video, just the first minute or two and you will get the idea. Parmesan cheese is only parmesan cheese if it is made in a certain area, in Italy. Kind of like what we want people to understand about manuka honey. Where it is made gives it authenticity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgjWOo7IqQY
  10. That's what i like about some other countries. Couldn't have a beehive with unfettered access at a NZ resteraunt, OSH would require the people be protected.
  11. Thing i don't get with this is why? I was expecting that with tougher standards and less manuka on the market, prices would go up. Why are they going down?
  12. Absolutely. Try this https://www.irfanview.com/
  13. During the "Greek crisis" i met a German lady with a polar opposite view of the Greek work ethic, or need for a helping hand. She told me this joke, which was circulating in Germany at the time. - "Germans wanting to help sent some care packages to Greece, among them a container of twenty thousand shoes. A few weeks later the shoes were sent back to Germany. Why? They were work shoes" 🤣
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