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  1. Rookie

    Hive Doctor Bottom Boards

    Do they successfully work in the South Island? Or is it easier for them to stay warm for winter in the wooden bottom boards? cheers
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    Hive Doctor Bottom Boards

    Thanks for the reply. I understand the science, just curious for some feedback off someone who has personally wintered with them in freezing conditions. cheers
  3. Hi there, can colonies successfully winter with the Hive doctor bottom boards in freezing conditions? 0 to -5 degrees? Or would they get to cold? thanks
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    Hi everybody, does anyone one have a rule of thumb on how late they make splits in the new year. i know there are a few variables. But, say you are willing to feed them up in Autumn. thanks
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    Autumn feeding strategy

    That’s my line of thinking too. I mentioned the robbing/disease to this gentleman in Canada who practices the open feeding. he replied the following; robbing: he said he places the barrel 50m away from the apiary, which replicated a nectar flow. He thought feeding each individual hive encourages robbing more so than his method, because it attracts other bees and wasp directly to the hive (especially with spillage), rather than drawing them 50m away to the barrel. Drowning: he said if you compact that barrel with enough straw, no more drown than they do in the feeders inside the hive. disease: from memory his thoughts were diseases couldn’t be transferred through sugar water, and that if there were hives with disease in the area your apiary would be affected either way. I thought his reply’s were interesting enough, even if I didn’t agree with him
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    Autumn feeding strategy

    Thanks for the reply. what if it was an apiary on a 2000 acre farm, where you were as sure as one can be about all your beehives being disease free. still a terrible idea in your opinion?
  7. Hi there, What is everyone’s thoughts on feeding an apiary of say 50... out of a 200 litre open barrel filled with straw. Has anyone tried this? I see beekeepers do it overseas thanks
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    Honey comb storage

    Yes they would be capped honey comb frames still in their super.
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    Honey comb storage

    Hi there, Have a few honey supers with honeycomb frames in, can you store these supers once they are full in a shipping container? Or would it get to hot? thanks in advance