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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    Back here in New Zealand, which has just celebrated 100 days covid free, a household has been discovered infected with covid 19.

    So it's back to level 3 lockdown in my city of Auckland, and level...
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    Re: Dead Pupae on the Landing Board

    For me anyway, I found 7 days apart was not enough. Killed some mites, but gave a lot of them plenty of time to get back into another brood cell before the next treatment. I have also seen people...
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    Re: Dead Pupae on the Landing Board

    Four main reasons for larvae thrown out are (as you already suggested) drone larvae being culled, starvation, chilled brood, or varroa mite damage.

    Chilled brood or starvation not likely in your...
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    Re: I must be an awful keeper

    Ladoak are you aware of the NZ bee forum at https://www.nzbees.net/?_fromLogin=1

    There you may find other Te Puke beekeepers who could advise if they have had similar issues or may even know the...
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    Re: What are my bees doing?

    OK well if there has been robbing, yes best keep the entrance small. Robbing also can cause bees to become very aggressive.

    Very often colonies that get robbed have a varroa mite problem (which...
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    Re: What are my bees doing?

    There could what is called "washboarding", although it is hard to tell from a still pic. Also looks like the bees have to come outside because the entrance is too small to allow good ventilation and...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    Max my daughter is in Melbourne. She went through one lockdown, and everyone emerged from it feeling pretty pleased, just about had the virus eliminated and on about a par with NZ at the time.

    But...
  8. Re: Pic. of laying worker drones in worker cells

    That is an interesting question, and possibly one of those less understood questions in beekeeping.

    As an ex commercial queen breeder I have seen this scenario in action often enough to form an...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    As a guy with boots on the ground AR1, what do you see as the real percentage of mortality. And, how do you see this distributed among the various age groups?

    And oh, just out of interest, if the...
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    Re: I must be an awful keeper

    Agreed, Ladoak if your losses were all in a particular location and the 2 survivors were in a different location, I take back everything I said.
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    Re: I must be an awful keeper

    The only way you can go from 50 hives to 2 in one Te Puke winter is total ignorance of beekeeping.

    To be blunt.

    You need an experienced beekeeper to help you. Find one.

    And don't stress...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    Reading all this, it is clear that we live in an age of information overload. IE, there is so much information, much of it contradictory, that we have to choose but it can be hard to know which way...
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    Re: Selling queens

    That has a good ring to it :thumbsup:.
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    This today

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53632649
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    Re: Selling queens

    Thing with "mutts", is they are crossbreds. So they will often show hybrid vigor, but that dissipates in a few generations.

    Crossbreds contain a hotchpotch of genetics and the offspring may be...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    About that. According to what I read, the US vaccine trial is 60,000 people, of which 1/2 got a placebo and are the control group.

    I'm guessing that in 6 months or some point in time, they will...
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    Re: Converting 1:1 to 2:1 formula

    Weigh it.

    1 to 1 is one pound water to 1 pound sugar. So if your 1 to 1 mix weighs say, 4 pounds, it has 2 pounds of sugar, 2 pounds of water. So to make it 2 to 1 you would add another 2 pounds...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    Unfortunately this disease has become politicized, and also been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. It has also polarized people.

    We don't want the thread closed so remember to be polite...
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    The Covid 19 Thread

    According to todays TV news there are now around 4 1/2 million cases of covid 19 in the USA as at this date.

    With this many cases there must be some Beesource members affected, this thread is for...
  20. Thread: Green honey?

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    Re: Green honey?

    Over where I am, nectar from a plant called kanuka (not manuka), can show as green if in comb built on black plastic foundation. Weird thing though, once extracted it is not the least bit green.
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    Re: Confused new beek-Beeginners Luck?

    How, if manufacturers instructions are followed?

    Did you know that the active ingredient, amitraz, once out of the strip, has a 1/2 life of just a few days before breaking down?
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    Re: Confused new beek-Beeginners Luck?

    Agreed. That's because it suited better to get registration. However if you talk to the guys in France who make it, like I have, they will privately recommend 8 - 10 weeks. Which in my own experience...
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    Re: Confused new beek-Beeginners Luck?

    Wow, sounds like you are certainly bombing those mites. Yes apivar is an excellent treatment. Just, the active ingredient (amitraz) works by paralysing the mites which prevents them feeding, they...
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    Re: Confused new beek-Beeginners Luck?

    Well done Larry, it's great when it all works out.

    Next season will not be so simple, you will have to control swarming and your success at that will determine your honey crop.

    You may also be...
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    Re: Supersedure and swarm cells

    OK well sounds good about the pollen.

    What are low mite counts, and what method did you use?
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