Well it’s that time of year when all bee keepers hope we have done enough to help our bees with the coming winter months in New Zealand. In the case of the Waitakere’s we seem to get excessive rain for weeks at a time. We now know the reason why the council built a water[…]Read More
The day started off pretty grey in the Waitakere Hills, so wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to put in the new Queen that I picked up last night from “Dals Pollination“. The weather picked up around lunch time, so I headed out to the Bee gardens. After reading many articles on[…]Read More
I did a full inspection of the new merged hive today and all looked great, did spot a varroa mite on the back of one of the workers. So will have to treat for them when the supers are all off. As described last week, the hive has three brood boxes and a super on[…]Read More
Another great use for Manuka Honey… A type of honey used for centuries to treat wounds may be the ultimate weapon against drug resistant bacteria, research suggests. Manuka honey fights three types of bacteria that commonly infect wounds, including the notorious MRSA ‘superbug’. Full Article here.
Well its week seven and we planned to removed the Apistan strips this week, the plan was if this weekend was bad weather (which to be honest in this Auckland Winter that’s most weekends), we would remove them next weekend. But we woke this morning to a nice clear sky day with no rain predicated[…]Read More
Yesterday we inspected the Goldie hive, just checked the supers. We were keen to see how the girls got on with capping some more frames of honey. (Double click on the images to enlarge) We managed to find only three frames that had over 80% capped honey on both sides, so we convinced the girls[…]Read More
Today we checked the hive for any frames that had mostly capped honey and glad to report that we found nine frames. So it was time to do our first extraction of the year. We didn’t get as much honey this season due to the splits and Queen raising experiments we did in spring. But[…]Read More
Well took my chances today in between the Auckland Rain showers to inspect one of the hives. Today I inspected Honey 1. Honey one had three brood boxes that I have reduced down to two and put in 2 Apistan strips in each brood box. Here’s hoping that these knock back the Varroa mites a[…]Read More