Auckland bee club and a self cleaning bee hive?

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Went along to the Auckland bee club today with Rocky. It seemed the turn out was lower, perhaps due to the Rugby world cup.

Today we discussed swarms and how to catch them and signs to look for in your hives that a swarm might happen.

    Signs to look for are:-

  • Bees are covering all frames and are overcrowded.
  • The bees are building comb on the hive mat under the roof.
  • The bees have started making Queen cells.

Some of the talks were drowned out by an Air force helicopter that landed at unitec for some reason. It then flew over the club rooms, we suspect looking for swarms in the trees :)

I must get on the clubs “Swarm list” to pick up swarms this season to try to recover my apiary :(

Interesting to see Martins latest invention from his laboratory. A self-cleaning bee hive with an attached vacuum cleaning. No not really it was a box to extract bees from cut outs. A cut out is a group of bees that have taken up residence in a cavity such as a tree or a buildings roof.

Great to see Oliva winning the “Inter bee club trophy” for the best honey in New Zealand, a great honour for Olivia and the club.

We had to leave earlier today to take advantage of the great weather and get some KiwiMana mesh boards painted. Thanks to everyone that has ordered one.

Thanks for reading…Gary

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About Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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One Response to Auckland bee club and a self cleaning bee hive?

  1. Paul says:

    Other things I’ve learnt to look out for – more than normal drones in the hive, and backfilling of the brood area with nectar or pollen (presumably to reduce the amount of brood, and the need for nurse bees after the swarm leaves).

    Looks like it was still a reasonable turn out. Our club just had a stand at the Fielding Country Living Expo – probably not the best weekend for it due to rugby, but a fair bit of interest nonetheless, and plenty of people finding our observation hive’s queen to earn themselves a honey lolly.

    It’s good to see the general interest people seem to be taking in bees, even if they don’t want to keep bees themselves.

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