Goldie Inspection Part 2

Well after seeing the Queen Cells in Honey1, I wanted to check Goldie. I didn’t finish the inspection last week because the Bees stop play by stinging me four times. After listening to an Episode of The Organic Beekeeper podcast http://somdbeekeeper.com. I was inspired to try again, this time with a more calm and collected[…]Read More

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Honey 2 – first inspection

Observed from a distance since being placed, honey 2 was quite quiet.  Over the following days you could see that there was more activity so I decided to inspect today. First frames are empty but the girls are definitely cleaning the foundation wax.  As I went further into the hive, which incidently has only one[…]Read More

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Goldie inspection and New Nuc Box

Happy New Year everyone, Inspected Goldie today as it was a nice day. Today’s goal was to replace some of the frames that were falling apart in the lower brood. Not a good inspection to be sure, managed to get stung four times during the inspection. So didn’t inspect all the lower brood, had to[…]Read More

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New Frame Jig

saw the plans for this on http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/framejig/framejig.htmand deciding to make it. Made up 10 ¾ frames the other day much quicker than the old method, I would recommend anyone to make one up. Especially if you are using wooden frames and need to make up a few of them. The site above shows some photos[…]Read More

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Screened bottom board, We made our first one

I finished our new Screened bottom board today, I added a Varroa Mite inspection mat that is just a piece of plastic. Part of the same sheet of plastic that is also the roof of our NUC box. The mat can be speared with a thin layer of Vaseline and then the mites get stuck[…]Read More

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Water Feeder and Merry Christmas!!!

Well was out Christmas shopping today and spotted a water feeder for cats, and I thought hey that would be good for the Bee’s to have in the KiwiMana apiary, but it was $33. So using some spare wood (Thanks Margaret) and a old Whisky bottle, the KiwiManu water feeder was born. I put some[…]Read More

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