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The Franklin Bee Club and the Kiwimana Meshboard

Peter starts the day with a laugh

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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Inspecting two hives – Swanson and Glen Eden 2

Bees Top Level Swanson 1

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…

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Never hold a frame full of bees away from the hive

Old Queen Cell

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…

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Foundationless frames no good for brood frames

More Crazy Comb

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…

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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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