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Inspecting Hives and Sending Bees in the post?

Bees to be sent away

It was time to inspect hives today in between painting bee hive boxes and dodging the ever-present rain in Auckland. Isn’t it meant to be summer here? These are some notes from the inspections today:- Taupaki 1 Hive is very strong and doing very well, loads of bees in the brood area and their have…

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Visiting Peter and Ceracell

Peters Donkey "Amelia"

Today got up early and drove to Ceracell to pick up some much needed supplies, we needed some frames to put into our boxes we have made. We also needed to visit Peter in Rangiriri to pick up the NUC box he had made up for us. Arrived at Ceracell at 09:00 but the gate…

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AFB Check at Earthsong

Went along to check on a hive at the Earthsong, which is an Eco-Neighbourhood project based in Ranui in West Auckland. For more information about this project please check out their web site http://www.earthsong.org.nz It seemed like a great place indeed very peaceful with loads of gardens about. Conny had asked us to come and…

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Inspecting some AFB hives

The Ropiness test

Margaret was chatting to a commercial bee-keeper that other day at our local bee-keeping supplier and we were invited us up to his house to inspect some hives that had been confirmed as infected with American foul brood. We have just passed our Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA) which means that we are certified to…

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AFB Recognition and DECA Exam

Today myself and Margaret did the American Foul Brood Recognition course and Exam that the Auckland Bee Club arranged. Thanks Guys for arranging the course. The course was very interesting and we learnt a lot about recognising most of the Bee diseases we have in New Zealand and some that we hope that we never…

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Goldie gets some Apistan strips treatment

Did the inspection of Goldie today, the weather was patchy today. So couldn't get started until after two pm. Took a while to light the smoker as most of the wood is also damp. We needed to get the Apistan strips in to get the bees ready for winter in New Zealand. The bees were…

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