Bees Top Level Swanson 1

Inspecting two hives – Swanson and Glen Eden 2

The weather was good and the temperature was 22 degrees today, so I decided to inspect a couple of our hives. Days in which inspections can be done are becoming fewer and fewer, as New Zealand heads into winter. Here the summary of the inspections:- Swanson 1 Swanson is a bustling hive with around three[…]Read More

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Bees to be sent away

Inspecting Hives and Sending Bees in the post?

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[…]Read More

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Old Queen Cell

Never hold a frame full of bees away from the hive

What Happened A couple of weeks back we had an incident with the Remuera 1 hive. We were inspecting frames and the queen must have fallen from the it. When we were cleaning up after the inspection, we noticed a large cluster of bees gathered on the ground and then to our horror we noticed[…]Read More

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Api Life Var

Our Varroa mite plan this season

This was a question posted in by one of our readers, Sophie asks:- How can a New Zealand beekeeper keep their bees alive every year? Well this is a good question, over recent times bee-keepers are having trouble keeping bees alive. Due to Varroa mites and pesticides in the environment. Last year our plan failed[…]Read More

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Peter starts the day with a laugh

The Franklin Bee Club and the Kiwimana Meshboard

We went along to the Franklin Bee Clubs Meeting, today’s discussions were about varroa mites, Gary did a presentation about our Kiwimana Meshboards. We discussed the benefits and how you count mites with them.

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More Crazy Comb

Foundationless frames no good for brood frames

We have been experimenting with foundationless frames and getting the bees to create their own foundation. The problem with doing this on brood frames is that the bees tend to create more drone comb and we would rather their build this in our drone management frames. So we can keep varroa numbers lower. Drone management[…]Read More

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Graham Checks Out the Frame

Rainy Day at the Franklin Bee Club

Well it was a wet day in Auckland, and we were surprised the meeting was still on. But we were told by the Hive Manager “Peter” that weather forecast predicated clear skies until Lunch time. So it was off down to Franklin to attend the club day.

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