Honey 1

Hi everyone, well yesterday was a dit damp but we went ahead to check the Bees, Gary was really brave and did a thorough inspection, however when I opened up Honey 1 she was really full !  …I think this is mainly due to the wet weather and they must’ve decided to only send out[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection and new Brood Box

After yesterday BeeKeeper club meeting, I asked a couple of people how to stop condensation in the hive. Goldie seems to have a big problem with water build up in the roof, most people agreed that cutting a hole in the Bee Matt which is actually the layer below the tin roof. May help this[…]Read More

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Weather Not good in Waitakeres

Well we were unable to open the hives yesterday, as it was raining most of the day. Bee’s are still bearding around Honey 1, even in the rain. They have formed little lines of Bee’s, so we will leave them to it. We have another NUC arriving soon, so we need to buy some new[…]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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…where did they go ?

…it appears our swarm has swarmed !  yep they left, and not a one stayed !  we aren’t sure what happened and we put it down to three possibilities, maybe not enough food, maybe the queen wasn’t in the hive, maybe the queen died. We’ll have to put this one down to experience…roll-on the next[…]Read More

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Honey 1 Update

M – Well its been very stressful but yet the bees remained calm ! G – Yes it was stressful indeed, but we removed the remaining bits of New Zealand Christmas tree from the hive and added some new frames. M got a sting on the hand, so we have decided to buy a full[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection 19 Dec 09

Weather: Hot Day with some wind Hive: Two Brood Boxes (10 Frames Each) Opened up hive and there was little or no condensation, so think the Real Estate Sign installation is working well. The Bee’s were working pretty hard today because the hot weather, so thought it would be a good day for it. Most[…]Read More

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Goldie Inspection and First Sting.

Decided to not use my huge gloves today, to see what it would be like. Got stung as the Bee’s seem very aggressive today for some reason. Maybe it was the windy weather, it was bright and sunny but quite windy. But calm down by the hives. Checked the new Brood Box and it was[…]Read More

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Goldie Second Inspection

Hi All, Well with the weather being amazing in the hills today, we thought would inspect Goldie to see how she was going.  Its been a couple of weeks, since we have checked out the Goldie Girls. Well, findings were that that there was a lot of condensation under the lid of the hive so we[…]Read More

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First Swarm and Start of Honey 1

Well we got a text message today from my brother about someone at his work that had a swarm in their garden. Well we have never picked up a swarm, but after reading the pages from “Bee Keepers for Dummies”, we ventured out even thou Gary wasn’t feeling the best today. We found the swarm[…]Read More

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