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    Re: Spotting virgin...

    They do tend to run but I don't think it's about hiding as much as they just move a bit quicker and they can also be flighty. Virgins range a bit in size but closer to worker than mated queen. The...
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    Re: Average age of a beekeeper

    30 yo and 6 years playing with bugs professionally. I'll definitely be in this game in some context for the next ~30 years but can see myself transitioning from the commercial sector to a more...
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    Re: what breed of bee are you using

    fraz-- I'll for the most part echo what others have posted above. Carnis seem to shift gears faster than italians. Even up here where winters are pretty mild our carnis stop laying for the most part...
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    Re: How long do you keep queens in nucs

    18 days should be fine if your weather has been settled. Convention amongst all the commercial queen operations I'm aware of in these parts (self included) is to run on 3 week cycles. 2 weeks would...
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    Re: How long do you keep queens in nucs

    In good mating weather 3 weeks (from queen cell in) allows the virgin to mate and lay for ~1 week so you can evaluate the pattern. Leaving them 4 weeks can be better if the weather has been windy/wet...
  6. Thread: Bulk Feeding

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    Re: Bulk Feeding

    No holes needed , though I don't reckon there'd be much harm in it. Won't cost anything to try. Just cut slight smaller than the container so it moves freely as liquid level drops.
  7. Thread: Bulk Feeding

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    Re: Bulk Feeding

    The corugated plastic board that is used for political election yard signs works really well. It floats and won't ever get saturated. I'm sure you can score some free after the next election.
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    Re: Plastic Queen Excluders

    sqkcrk,
    How are you cleaning your plastic excluders? Is it something you do in the field or are the brought back to workshop in the off season?
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    Re: Plastic Queen Excluders

    Had good results after switching from steel framed to plastic excluders. No issues with durability in the plastic although they are thicker (~3mm) than other plastic excluders I've seen. A downside...
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    Re: Finding right age larva for grafting

    We aim to graft on Weds AM each week so we wash a frame on friday afternoon. The graft frame is pulled from the breeder hive and cleaned out with the hose-- moderate pressure to clean out the cells...
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    Seeking Info on Bee Research

    Over the last 5 years I've worked full time as a commercial beekeeper and recently started a small avocado pollination business of my own on the side. During my time working with the bees I've gained...
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    yeah, what magnet said. An additional benefit of...

    yeah, what magnet said. An additional benefit of this is you can fold many mating nucs into mother hives for winteriing and then they can be broken back into nucs in the spring. We do this and...
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    We run at 35 C with ~.2+/- fluctuation in the...

    We run at 35 C with ~.2+/- fluctuation in the incubator.
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    Very interesting. I found this document ...

    Very interesting.
    I found this document

    http://www.oag.govt.nz/2002/biosecurity-case-studies/docs/part4.pdf
    A post varroa case study of its impact.

    "How Did the Varroa Bee Mite Enter New...
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    Oly, thanks for passing this on I'll try to get...

    Oly, thanks for passing this on I'll try to get it translated. Does it say they "are" or "were" importing Italians? AFAIK from the Min of Agriculture and Fisheries information it flatly says no live...
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    They take biosecurity very seriously because the...

    They take biosecurity very seriously because the ag/hort sector is so important here and they have a fantastic geographic buffer to work with so controlling entry points is fairly effective. At...
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    Nz does not allow importation of live bees....

    Nz does not allow importation of live bees. Policies on other bee products vary

    http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/imports/animals/standards/beeproic.all.htm
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    We played around with a few jig set ups but...

    We played around with a few jig set ups but ultimately found it easier to just do frames by hand. Pushing together a couple hundred at a time and snapping in plastic foundation. Then stapling top and...
  19. General questions re US/CAN commercial beekeeping

    I was really pleased to see this forum opened and have been lurking for some time but I haven't yet contributed because from what I've read the industy there is much different than in NZ. I grew up...
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    Many good reccomendations already given. I just...

    Many good reccomendations already given. I just added The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a superorganism by Jurgen Tautz to my bee library. It's fantastic with loads of amazing photos by Helga Heilmann....
  21. Thread: Medihoney

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    Manuka threads seem to pop up here with...

    Manuka threads seem to pop up here with increasing frequency. Here's the most recent incarnation with some links within. http://beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223377

    There's lots of info...
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    Looks interesting. Thanks for posting. Has...

    Looks interesting. Thanks for posting.

    Has anyone seen Pollen Nation?
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    We requeen all our hives annually in the late...

    We requeen all our hives annually in the late summer/autumn with a protected queen cell. The cell usually goes in when the honey comes off. This is also the preferred time to split, just divide the...
  24. Thread: Manuka Honey

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    re: pricking After the frames go through the...

    re: pricking

    After the frames go through the uncapper they get put into the "pricker" before going into the centrifuge. The manufacture has a more cumbersome name . . .
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  25. Thread: Manuka Honey

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    sorry to derail the shaving cream commentary but...

    sorry to derail the shaving cream commentary but I can offer a bit of info re:manuka. I live at the top end of NZ and the we're in the midst of the manuka flow now, around here it tapers off by...
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