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    Re: Image-blocking

    I use https://postimages.org/ , simple site to use, free, and doesn't seem to have any strings attached.
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    About that. I have 100 bottom boards with 3/8th risers in use, because somebody wanted to buy 100 singles from me with 3/8th risers, and after I made them the guy welched on the order. So dotted...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    Not saying don't do it. Depending on design it may be just as cheap to make a reversable as a non reversable, if so, why not. If they are being made to sell, being able to say reversable in the...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    Question would be what is the point of reversing them?

    Reversable bottom boards were popular here years ago, the idea was there was a different height of riser on each side, so a hive could be...
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    Re: first dead-out

    To be honest there may not have been a whole lot you could have done to prevent this. Since we have had varroa, a small number of queens fail in winter and often without much seemingly wrong with...
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    Re: Brood Rearing Below Zero Help!

    From your description seems the cluster is very small. Something that is often not realised is that many bees (depending on strain), do a sort of trade off. If it's winter and they have plenty of...
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    Re: first dead-out

    Perhaps you are right.


    https://i.postimg.cc/PJDgTTpW/dl.png
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Here's a video on it, a little slow moving, skip through to the second half if the first half is overly boring.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUI4VH1q8Yg
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Just doing honey now. :)
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Over here they only do it after dark to avoid that. BTW Michael that AFB problem I had when you were over here is no more, been free for around 3 years now. :)
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    We got a few of them over here for sniffing AFB, the operators normally charge around NZ$200 (US$132.00) an hour to check your outfit. Dog can get a lot done in an hour.

    Sounds profitable but...
  12. Re: I checked a couple hives-Small clusters, no brood

    Very cute little assistant you have. :)

    As to the bees, in my view some of those clusters are too small to be sustainable, even if they immediately started producing brood. Even if those queens...
  13. Thread: Dead bees

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    Re: Dead bees

    I wondered about the moisture issue, but the dead bees don't appear like they were soggy at some stage. Hard to tell for sure though.
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    Re: Dead bees

    A photo of a pile of dead bees does not tell us much more than that it's a pile of dead bees.

    Would be good if you could post some high resolution shots of the comb especially if there is any dead...
  15. Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    You wrote a book Bernhard! Is there an English version and where can it be purchaed?
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    Re: Bees, dust storms, and bush fires

    They won't abscond due to smoke.

    All you can do is the normal stuff such as feed if needed.

    And of course, have them where they won't get burned, ie, keep the grass down, and move them if need...
  17. Re: What, if anything, does it mean to spot the queen here?

    Not really significant, depending what happens when you work the hive they could run off anywhere.
  18. Re: What, if anything, does it mean to spot the queen here?

    Apiguard (not apivar) can contribute to spotty brood. Shouldn't contribute to drone brood though.

    Plan would be to see how things are looking in 2 or 3 months time if you are not happy with the...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Lovely quiet bees Bernhard, nice work! :) :thumbsup:
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    This is Australia. The breeds they have there are very compatable requeening wise.
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Many hives can have the odd bad day.

    If this was a one off, just leave it.

    But if he really needs to change the temperament of the hive then like it or not, requeening is the only way.

    If...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    Indeed. As a 13 year old beginner beekeeper i learned that bees will raise a queen from a normal egg if they are queenless. My only source of information at the time was a booklet called Beekeeping...
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    Re: Foam filled tires

    Can i ask why all these flat tyres?

    Are they sustained in bee yards, back in the depot, or on the road?
  24. Thread: Weakened Hive

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    Re: Weakened Hive

    Treat it for varroa mites with a product such as Apivar, because Apivar is not temperature dependent and is easy on the bees.

    If i go to a bee yard and see a hive being robbed by wasps, almost...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    What do you think your survival would have been had you not treated at all JWP?
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