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  1. Re: Varroa mites on bees. Many years ago 1/3 of the mites were sitting on bees while

    If true it would mean that Mite Away Quick Strips which can kill varroa in capped cells, and Drone Brood Trapping Frames with the sacrifice of drone brood and varroa while still capped would be even...
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    Re: "Sideliner" Equipment in Order of Importance?

    That maybe the business model in New Zealand, although there is the possibility of the purchase of your own unit and be self sufficient and not dependent on a subcontractor. It was the concept that I...
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    Re: "Sideliner" Equipment in Order of Importance?

    In practice his has been found not to be the case and the bees rebuild the comb very quickly without loss of production honey. Its a pity that you wish to be so negative without even thinking it...
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    Re: "Sideliner" Equipment in Order of Importance?

    Here in New Zealand we have a company that has made a stainless steel harvester for smaller operators so that you can extract all your frames right next to your hives. This could be ideal for a...
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    Re: 200 topbars OR 200 LRs

    You could compromise and use long hives, horizontal hives using standard lang frames. Brood box can be expanded as required. Could be used for liquid honey or comb honey and additional supers can be...
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    Re: Oxaclic acid vaporizer

    Have a look at this It may assist.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-295727.html
    There is also a Turkish oxalic acid vaporizer that uses a blow torch to heat the powder.
    Happy...
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    Re: Nice comments for Oldtimer!

    Well done Oldtimer, one up for New Zealand!
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    Re: Slovenia Beehouse

    Go on to google and they have a lot of info. Also go to www.slovenianbeekeeping.com for the importers of the hives.
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    Re: Slovenian type Bee Houses

    Have thought that an old small caravan would make the ideal mobile apiary!
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    Re: Slovenian type Bee Houses

    A-Z Hives do have removable frames, they are just removed in the horizontal plane instead of vertically. Suggest you look on You Tube to see these fascinating hives in action and the beautiful houses...
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    Re: Washing Plastic Honey Filters

    I prefer just to lick the filters clean as my honey is soooooo tasty!!
    But no, the best way is to rinse them in COLD water. You do not want hot water as that will melt the wax on the filters and you...
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    Re: Slovenian type Bee Houses

    There is a company selling A-Z hives in USA. Go to www.slovenianbeekeeping.com and they have all the info you require.
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    Re: Empty Water Cooler Bottle as Swarm Box?

    No good as a swarm box but excellent for swarm catching, especially when the swarm is high up.
    Cut off the bottom off the bottle and fix a long pole into the neck of the bottle. Offer up to the...
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    Re: O Rings for honey gates

    I found a large selection of O rings in a hydraulic supply shop. Found one to fit perfectly!
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    I am really surprised that more beekeepers in your colder climates don't research the A-Z Bee Hive from Slovenia. Hives are built into a bee house and operated horizontally rather than vertically and...
  16. Re: Looking at oxalic acid vaporizers--anyone have experience with this one?

    Having a close up look at the powder tray on the e-bay site, you can see that it is just a pressed tin tray and would not last very long at the temperatures you need to vaporize the oxalic acid...
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    Re: 9 frames in 10 frame super - pros vs cons

    The best way to get the correct spacing of 9 frames in a 10 frame honey super, and not using a 9 frame guide or metal spacer pieces, is to use drawing pins/thumb tacks, 4 to a frame, positioned on...
  18. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    Lighting a smoker and keeping it alight has always been a problem, especially when working alone. Does not matter what material you are using, it always seems to go out just as you need it!
    My...
  19. Re: Swiffer pad for SHB , Works Great!! Read about it

    see "Control of Small Hive Beetle" for more info from 2013
  20. Thread: OXAVAP

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    Re: OXAVAP

    Here is another method of heating the oxalic acid used in New Zealand. Not sure where the original unit came from.
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/waspwing/media/oxalicvideo_zps9f66b1f7.mp4.html
  21. Thread: OXAVAP

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    Re: OXAVAP

    CBoggs....... Saw this oxalic acid heat gun from Turkey that holds 6 shots of powder in a revolving tray. Heated with a propane gas gun and blown into hive with a squeeze ball.17569
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    Re: Hive Tracking Spreadsheet?

    Google 'beekeeping record sheets' and you will have a choice of dozens of examples from around the world.
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    Re: top bar construction question

    When I made my TBH, I made the bars the same length as a Langstroth frame to give me the option of starting a TBH frame in a Lang hive or, if necessary putting top bars from a failing TBH into a...
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    Re: AFB Identification

    In New Zealand the National Beekeepers Association is responsible for our AFB control, and on their website they have the following information which may be of interest.
    http://afb.org.nz/symptons
  25. Re: Hello from Alaska, I'm interested in the top bar hive....

    Coming from a warmer climate where the cold does not affect my bees, I am always amazed that beekeepers in colder climates do not use the A-Z hives of Eastern Europe. These are a vertical hives with...
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