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dansar

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  1. Thay flied thear.
  2. If the wasps are plaguing you then they will be a nuisance to many more properties. i had a similar problem at home last year. Initially I tried following the wasps to their nest location through neighboring properties and upon talking to our neighbors they too were being affected by the wasps. I couldn’t find the nest to used vespex. Two days after setting out the bait there were no more wasps Bees and Beekeeper happy, surrounding neighbourhood happy. No mucking around with wasp guards and knowing the problem won’t go away. I built up a few 2 frame nucs over winter to be full 10 frame colonies by spring.
  3. If still in doubt buy a AFB test or send bees away for sampling, or as you say...take the pragmatic approach. FYI I shook out a drone laying hive today. So if your hive only a dud queen you could use the remaining workers to boost another colony.
  4. Last lot of staples I put in hives had an amount of crystallised Oxalic on them. It doesn’t seem to have affected the bees. It definitely kills varroa though.
  5. Site visit today. It’s been a month since I looked in on these girls. 2 months with staples in. All 20 hives looking healthy with good populations and heaps of Kai for winter.
  6. I like the beach life. With sea levels rising I am glad I bought in Putaruru, not much longer until I Have a beach front property
  7. Yes the strips can kill brood directly under them when first placed in the hive. I have seen this happen although after a period of time I have inspected the brood frames and have found the queen happily laying eggs under a strip and healthy developing larvae, pupae in surround cells. My advise is not to worry about it as it is a minor or temporary side effect. Do be careful when placing strips that the queen isn’t caught underneath, that same advise applies to synthetic strips too.
  8. I was there as well. I took some notes and forwarded them to Bruce. Bruce replied this morning saying he was putting together a summary email with info to send to all that attended the meetings throughout the country.
  9. How many Bayvarol strips were used, when did the strips go in and what configuration was the hive in at time of treatment?
  10. Yep. And FYI my pump sat unused over summer with a hive lid sitting over it to keep worst of the weather of it. I set it up again a few weeks back and it started second pull on the cord. The pump was less than $300. Ridiculously reliable for the price. Mine is the 50mm model, I’m not sure if a smaller pump would handle 2:1.
  11. @john berry if Arataki were be non existent tomorrow how would you fair as a small business? I am just thinking out loud.
  12. By golly gosh your not wrong I didnt wrote that sentence right.
  13. During my trips around hives I have been moving strips in from the edges because of that observation. The outside strips were way out on honey frames less bees are out there and seemed softer = higher water content, they are now placed in the central brood/cluster area in a diamond orientation around the center 5 frames.
  14. Mid April and only hives that are showing varroa are the handful that I forgot about in far away places. They now have had strips in for 2 weeks but fortunately weren’t in to bad condition due to brood breaks induced by splitting hives. Of note though are splits that had Oxalic strips in with a queen cell, all bar 1 out of 10 failed and raised their own queens. Splits that had queen cell and no strips had 10 out of 10 successful. Most hives have good numbers of bees and good stores.
  15. No, not a Shrew but a Plan so cunning you could pin a tail on and call it a Weasel
  16. Yep. All hives (21) at this Apiary have lots of creamy white pollen coming in on the bees. Last rush of brood rearing going on too.
  17. They end up in the likes of the Appalachian mountains. Banjos played by bees with little eyes, big ears and even bigger noses.
  18. Can you advise where you bought your gravity from?
  19. Awesome replies everyone. You have moderated yourselves very well
  20. In both the recent cases it would be interesting to know if they are new Beekeeping who have bought say 100 hives and split to increase their numbers quickly, the stock they bought/split was already infected and this is the end result.
  21. Those bees of yours must be a bit soft. A bit of frost doesn’t slow down our CNI bees.
  22. Maybe there is and they replied as requested via their website.
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