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  1. Although every treatment we use here has been known to fail at times, my guess would be that the hives that were dead by the time treatment had been in 5 - 6 weeks, were probably already past the point of no return when the treatments were placed.
  2. LOL Jamo, didn't know it can do that!
  3. Day at home today, got all my end of year stuff done and emailed to the accountant. Awesome ☺️. Usually I'm worrying about it for months but hate the job so much I do something else instead. That new software I got made it a whole heap easier. Other thing that happened was I looked out the kitchen window at the house next door which is a rental full of 20 somethings. Saw this kid standing on the deck with his hands behind his neck and just staring. Blank, thousand yard stare. Poor kid been locked up for nearly 2 weeks and looked bored witless. So glad I'm allowed out for a couple of the things I do. πŸ™‚
  4. Don't get stuck, easier said than done! Sometimes you got to get the job done and if the odds are 99% in your favour you take a risk and it works out, but do it often enough and there's that time it does not work out. With a 2WD like that in the North, me, during risk times of the year I'd have a very grunty winch properly attached, and carry a spade, plus some pulleys, shackles and strops. That's cos there's nothing quite messes up your day, and your mind, like getting stuck miles from anywhere, with no phone reception, with a load of bees or honey on, in a 2WD that just doesn't give you any options. Don't ask me how I know that. πŸ™„
  5. Only suggestion I would have is a winch plus other extraction gear, you are going to get that puppy stuck at some point.
  6. Nice looking setup Maru you'll be pleased. The big M. πŸ™‚
  7. Agree with Tristan. However since you have the thymovar, might as well stick it in the hive and see what happens. Odds on it won't work but you may get lucky. After the treatment period for it you will need to test the hive for mites and if there still are detectable levels, then go ahead and use apivar. Just wondering about your supplier, are you being given advice from behind the counter by an experienced beekeeper, or a not very experienced beekeeper. Doubt many experienced guys would be telling a new beekeeper in Wellington at this time of year, to use thymovar.
  8. Photos or it didn't happen. πŸ™‚
  9. Sorry Kevin so many years since i worked on those motors I don't know what the gap should be, I do know it matters. Just, because it gets worse with the air filter on it suggests more a fuel issue than an electric issue, but, you never know. Got to be someone else on the site who knows more?
  10. Agreed Gino, but people are gullible. I used to think thgat the travelleing snake oil salesmen that worked shows in the USA a century ago showed how dum people were then, but they are just as dum now. All the same, eating healthy, or not eating healthy, can be pretty important. I haven't been able to crack the supermarket level yet. Which may not be a bad thing because I am too small to guarantee ongoing supply. My sellers are dairies, markets, hobby beekeepers who sell more than they produce, a florist, and some vege markets. I am sure most of them are now closed down but I think one of the vege places is open. BTW for small level sales a florist is a good option. Being a florist is quite stressful because the shelf life is very short and a bad buying decision, or just plain bad luck, can mean they chuck out a lot of flowers and cost them a lot of money. But honey with it's long shelf life, if attractively packaged, looks good on the shelf, the florist can put it there and forget about it, and people see it and buy it. Easy money for the florist.
  11. Wow that looks pretty smart Kevin! πŸ™‚ Re the motor stalling, since it's happening when you put the air filter on is there a blockage in the air filter, ie when it was off did it get water in the sponge or something? So easiest place to start is give the air filter a wash in petrol and re oil if it's one of those ones then see if that works. After that, play with the air / fuel mix screw. That's the quick and easy stuff but if none of that works, a lot of those engines have pretty basic carby's now and they get a bit of water in and you get oxidation around the jets or in some other places, even where the rubber gasket goes that has a flapper type thing for feeding petrol through. In that case the carby has to be totally stripped and immaculately cleaned, probably need a new gasket and see how that works.
  12. Kevin I can't answer that, me, I only have one type, bush honey, so not able to compare with my own numbers. But i eyeball the honey section each time I'm in a supermarket, and noticed the clover seems to have plenty in stock where the other types have empty spaces on the shelves. My thought on that is that clover is percieved as a run of the mill honey while some other types are percieved as having health benefits. That's my theory, could be totally wrong though. At this time, if you look at Facebook or other internet sources there is a lot of advice being bandied around about eat this or eat that, cos it will supposedly boost your immune system, or whatever. Probably nearly all this information is bogus, however there is a definate public interest in trying to eat healthy stuff.
  13. I'm thinking that honeys that supposedly have curative properties may do well at this time. I base that on my own sales, my bush honey which has a label that makes it look like a wild, natural type product, has been majorly outselling the other honeys on the shelf according to the retailers. But go back a month and more and it was just level pegging. A retailer told me it's especially going to Asians and he has seen people walking out with up to 4 jars at a time. Although the current financial climate is bad generally, it could be good times for products seen as healthy.
  14. Maybe. Not sure why he would want to bother with all that though, he was just here to ask a question. . How was it ID'ed as fly spray, ie, which chemicals. Be aware that the active ingredients in fly sprays are commonly used insectides, mostly synthetic pyrethroids. Something else to ponder, a few years back when wax was being tested, lots of samples showed Tau Fluvenate, even though the beekeeper had never used apistan. It was a great mystery how this could have happened. Turned out to be contamination when the purchaser had re rendered it in a tank previously used for someone elses wax.
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