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  1. Bees dieing from sticky residue in hive

    i would guess that, too. the sticky substance is probably honey that they are biffing up on dying. (honey they carried with them as a swarm.) was the entrance locked /blocked at any time to keep them in? the damage might have happened on transport already.
  2. Pink honey

    unbelievable. is it that bush in the background of the photo?
  3. Manuka standards

    the problem might be wide spread. warm wet winter/early spring usually sees a bad manuka flow as a consequence, regardless the weather wile flowering. areas with little competition still get some honey, overstocked areas get nothing.
  4. Manuka standards

    maybe we need to sacrifice a few beekeepers to the weather gods?
  5. Breeder queens

    i thought when they became anyone's mascots.
  6. Carniolan queen, bees and brood

    thanks @Scutellatorgood article. the photos might be deceiving and not that it worries me personally, but there is no way these drones would pass the standards of carnie racists. no where near enough bum flaff. or did they have anal belching?
  7. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    i think he had "comebacks"
  8. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    that is significantly better than what i would have thought, @jamesc i'm surprised they can retain those wages considering disease related hive losses and flops that happen when you place huge bee numbers in unknown territory, etc. certainly explains why they find people who work for them.
  9. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    they also put a lot of people out of a job and a livelihood and also prevent a lot of enterprises from happening that might be a lot more community orientated, not jut claiming it. from the same "floral" resources a 10.000 beehive operation with say 20 beekeepers/workers exists, about 50 self employed beekeepers could have the same income as an employee of Watson. but i actually have no idea what a average "Waton or so" employee would earn. my guess is that unless you are "team leader" (and that would be a hell of a stress job), you earn somewhere around minimum wages if that. (the one thing in beekeeping that never changes) or am i wrong?.
  10. Some new research on Varroa

    it's actually sad that university and science is mainly about how you present yourself and your stuff and how good you are in securing founding rather than actually "doing good research"
  11. Some new research on Varroa

    it wouldn't surprise me if it was correct (but i doubt it will be that groundbreaking). it often puzzles me how little we know and how much we just accept as fact. i remember once sitting in a truck with a scientist on varroa and asking her a question that i had for a long time: if a mite spends 14 days in a capped drone cell and than 3/4 offspring hatch, those after only a few days reenter into drone cells and hatch 14 days later with 3/4 mites offspring of their own, then in theory a much higher reproduction rate must be possible than what we are told. misses Dr Dr arrogantly replied that everyone knows that mites double or triple per month and i haven't got a clue what i was talking about. so yes, totally possible nobody ever checked what they feed on and also possible our mites reproduce 5 times faster than we think when the infection rate is only low, cos i don't think anyone has ever bothered to check.
  12. Contaminated Honey?

    soil drenching might be the cause. some plants receive a huge load of nics into their plant hole. even if those plants don't produce nectar they might produce honey dew or fruit that is taken up by bees or weeds that grow around these plants will be contaminated. the soil contamination is very persistent over time. i think grape plantings for wine for example are treated that way.
  13. AFB test kits

    as usual so good to have you on this forum, @Dave Black i was told differently by the bee professors in my apprenticeship in the 80th and sure i was told the same either in the deca course in 2000 or read in the book. never observed afb in drones throughout my beekeeping career. but i haven't seen many sever cases, and as @Rob Stockleysaid, probably not enough energy left in a bad effected one to do drones.
  14. accountant

    ok. thanks. please flick me a line when you are available. i only had 2 afb last year and one this year at a totally different location. still i would like to maintain an afb free operation (and wish i wasn't the only one).
  15. accountant

    thanks, @Rene Gloor is the check done only at night or also daytime?