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Everything posted by M4tt

  1. Hives all checked for the second time . First was about 4 weeks ago when I pulled and replaced the OAstaples I have to say they are looking good . I saw one varroa in drone brood in one hive between boxes . The DWV has completely gone in those that has it and everything is building fast . There are more than a few mature drones in some hives . Some hives temperament has deteriorated with supercedure queens . On fine days they are bringing in a reasonable amount of silver dollar gum nectar .
  2. Fantastic. Pleased to hear it ??
  3. Last winter I was in them all the way through monitoring and adjusting and they came through well following the brood with staples . This time I wanted a comparison . The few hives I have now I’m happy to experiment . The Old staples still have OA in them , but to be honest , the hives are damp , which is odd with a dryish winter and ventilated bases . Nothing goes well in damp hives . So now I really know . Leaving them alone through winter is high risk . 2/3rds would be in pretty good shape , but the poor ones are poor
  4. Winter is over . It’s bee time again ........ 25 hives inspected and had staples pulled and replaced . This year using the @Stoney placement method and set and forget . Have not been in them since Feb, which was a high risk strategy , but I wanted to give it a go. 5 dead outs Anywhere there was drone brood there is varroa More than enough DWV There are some healthy hives amongst them So a fairly underwhelming start and back to the results we used to get with chemical strips . Looks like we haven’t found the s
  5. I agree with you . From the few hives I have and my observations , the drones from one queen always look about the same . The exception to this is when there are two queens in the hive . I’m with you @ChrisM. I don’t understand how it can be any different to this and I’ve missed it in the past Anything is possible I guess
  6. I can rephrase what I said to be clearer It would be highly odd in a hive where a queen produces yellow drones to find a couple or so black ones that are from that queen . I can’t see how that would be possible
  7. The way I understand it , is if they are near home, they will go home. If they’ve been out for the day, for example, on a long haul trip and they get caught a bit short, they’ll pop in anywhere to refuel and are not turned away. A queen that lays yellow drones can’t produce black drones so they’ve come in from somewhere else. The above is a nice story that fits. I’m sure there are other reasons.
  8. Fly in, land , enter. They are drones . No one cares . They are welcomed by any hive . They are not deemed as a threat
  9. Hell? ? Drones from any hive will enter any hive I wouldn’t worry Probably delivering mites
  10. No they are fine. The top box is empty and undrawn. Sticks won’t drop the ambient air temp without wind
  11. That’s a good question . You would not be the only one who has strips in at the beginning of the flow.
  12. 33 degrees in the Waikato. This nuc is in the shade
  13. To me it sounds like you have achieved on a small scale what can be achieved nationally . Find a way to sell it and you won’t need to chase honey anymore
  14. Catsear. I’ve got Paddocks full of it
  15. Catsear. The only real source of ‘Rukuhia Gold Honey ‘ It’ll flow with the moisture of a morning fog and is a highly valuable source of protein for cattle when it’s too harsh for anything else to grow . I love the stuff ?
  16. Light amber is the colour . Liquid tastes like that warm waxy smell of a hive when there is a flow on. ( probably because it’s a Catsear flow). Creamed tastes different . Mild to strong honey flavour . Of course I’m struggling with my description because I don’t know any different . Very hard to beat in my opinion
  17. Yep. Catsear is all my bees have got this year. Far too dry for clover including my Persian Clover . I took some off yesterday and it’s exactly the same as my December take
  18. Who said there was none North of the Harbour Bridge ?
  19. I have no idea if this is correct or not . Someone would need to do a Thesis on the theory to prove it . The point is , it actually doesn’t make any difference as we really don’t know how it’s distributed ( by feet , body contact or perhaps even by bees mouthparts ) AND we don’t know how it works . The important bit , that you described perfectly , is treating the nurse bees that are working the brood . This line of thought has stimulated some good conversation
  20. Yes you are quite right . Good perspective ?
  21. We’ve always treated per box of bees , as you first suggested . I’m suggesting that may not quite be correct in ongoing management of hives with staples . Just throwing it out there to provoke thought .....
  22. It’s a theory at this stage that I’m keen to play with . I think my hives are at a point where they haven’t been infested with mites over summer , so I’m starting with healthier hives , albeit , I’m still a month away from treating , so that may change . With that in mind, if I don’t have mites infesting bees, I shouldn’t need to come down so heavy handed. There is anecdotal evidence that a full dose of staples can kill bees in large numbers, for reasons yet unconfirmed. We also know staples in brood can sometimes affect the laying pattern of the queen underneath them .
  23. I’m going to suggest that the dose rate is more importantly matched to the amount of brood in a box, not bees .
  24. I attempted some sugar shakes today but there is too much fresh nectar getting put next to brood . The bees get drenched in nectar upon dumping in the container , so it will have to wait till nature winds the tap back . Of course , this wouldn’t matter with an alcohol wash but I’m not that callous
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