We had a busy weekend with some New Beekeepers visiting the kiwimana apiary.
Our visitors were a family interested in looking into Beekeeping and wanted to experience someone working with the Bees, so we were happy to oblige. I think this is a great idea and would suggest this to anyone looking into Beekeeping …go and meet with a local Beekeeper and go to a local Bee club, they will bee happy to help.
It was a great morning with sun shining – we started early so the Bees weren't too hot. Gary was our hivemaster and I was the photographer. Gary set-up the smoker and prepared his gear and a 3/4 box of frames with wax & wire.
The hive inspected was Remuera, which at the beeginning of the season, got off to a pretty slow start, but as you can see from the photo's – is absolutely chockablock now! It was apparent that they needed more space so Gary added the 3/4 box. The kiwimana drone management frame which Gary inspected had varroa, so a treatment with Api Life Var above the brood was added. Gary cut out the drones cells and replaced the KDMF in to the hive, then the cut-out cells were placed in to our wax-melter. The treatment will be repeated in 7 days.
Our visitors asked lots of questions, giving us opportunities to share our knowledge.
All in all it was a good morning – Gary was definitely ready for a cuppa ! ….then we all had a bit of a chat, then our visitors were on their way.
Lets keep enjoying this weather while we can…the Bees are : ) and they are still bringing in nectar!
Thanks for supporting kiwimana….it's the kiwimana buzz…
Here are all the photos:-
She loves New Zealand native flora and fauna, her fav is the Kowhai...with Manuka honey close second ; )
Some of you may know that Margaret is a qualified Life Coach, she trained through the Coaching Academy in London and holds DipPC.Adv.