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  1. Don't they understand that bees can fly across the border!
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  2. not the best pics sorry. runs about 1 revolution per 3 seconds by memory. it tended to get hot after around 20 min under load so I put the motor in a nice hygienic housing and put a fan from a pc on it (also 12v running on the same circuit) after that i could leave it running as long as i needed. figured out if i hook it up to a battery charger and then 'jump start it with a car battery' it tricked the battery charger into running it if you get what i mean. vat goes underneath. made a lid with a slot so you can slide it on
    1 point
  3. On farm biosecurity has become second nature now as a result . That’s not going to change . Perhaps that’s why there are no known cases of infection from dirty vehicles . Stock truck operators must have done a very good job to reduce risk
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  4. We had an email from friends in Canada this morning and it was -40°C. I don't think any bees will be flying across the border today.
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  5. First the queen cells must be big and fat. Small queen cells also get bad mating percentages. But the biggest factor in my view is the site. I have used sites where 90% and better is the normal, and other sites that can run at around 30%. Even using the same batch of cells, and the nucs and whatever all seeming to be equal. So if i'm trialling a new site, if it gets bad percentages several times running i'll stop using it. It is not even about how many bees are in the area either. I have a honey site surrounded by a large number of other apiaries, but for whatever reason that i don't know, if i try to mate queens there the percentages are terrible. Having said that, I used to have a mating site that had very poor mating percentages early spring, that then became awesome mating percentages late spring once commercials had moved around 2,000 hives into a nearby forest. I have tried to analyse using human logic why a site may be good or bad for mating, but it is complex, i have not really cracked it. But basically, if you are getting lousy mating, move to another site.
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  6. i made homogenizer out of a windscreen wiper motor from a car and a stainless steel mixing paddle from a milking vat off a dairy farm. 12 volt, runs off a battery charger. and sits on a frame above the vat. works surprisingly well
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  7. Bad weather is the most obvious cause of Queen losses but location also has an impact and I know from years of record-keeping that some apiarys always have worse mating percentages compared to other apiarys at the same time. The best sites can average pretty close to 90% and the worst around 50%. I would love to know why some sites always have poor mating percentages. The most likely cause I can think of is that there is no drone congregation area nearby and that they have to fly a long way thus increasing the risk but that is only a guess. I did wonder in your case if it's because you are near the sea with a lot of sea breezes but then the one apiary I have by the sea had 100% mating last year. I put some cells out this spring at my home site and the mating weather was fairly indifferent but eventually 14/15 were laying. I kept a fairly close eye on them and about a third laid when I expected them to with another third about a week later and the last of them a week after that. You don't say how many hives you have and if you only have a few it might just be a really bad run of bad luck.
    1 point
  8. Just try Yellow Box honey from Euc melliodora https://www.honeytraveler.com/single-flower-honey/yellow-box-honey/ Very good honey, much more complex than NZ clover.
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  9. They should arrest and fine each bee which cross the border and.. extradite?
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  10. Dont fight it Pink Cat, Ive never let on but feel the same way about saucers of milk
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  11. So I'm thinking crunch time is upon me ####load of hives bit of honey coming in good quality clover , poss 5-7$ kg? 3.50-5$? If wanted at all? 3.5 -5 game over 6-7 might have a chance Not wanted - game over... 4th generation beekeeper I thought to myself over 100 years in the family game and it might end with me? Tough times ahead? Tough times now.... I'm with @jamesc the problem needs advertising must be going to get serious very soon ? I'm a proactive beekeeper queens,nucs,pollen,honey,venom, proplas ,pollination but the structure of company relies heavily on a sold honey crop . Keep thinking this could be the never ending nightmare.?
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