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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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Franklin Bee Club and Tana Umaga?

Margaret and Tana

We got up late today after a late night at an engagement party last night congrats to Ben and Lorelle. Anyway we stopped off at a cafe on the way and who should we run into but Tana Umaga the famous New Zealand All Black. We asked if we could take a photo with him,…

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New Start with Bethells 1

We purchased a new NUC from Rosemary today. The new colony has been named Bethells after our favourite beach. Bethells Beach isn’t too far from the Kiwimana HQ. We are very lucky to be so close to such a great place. We have placed this hive in a sunnier part of the bee garden. We…

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Giving Queen Rearing a Go!!! Part 2

We got some new supplies yesterday and today we set up some new NUCs. We checked out the frame that we put into Honey 1 the other day. The bees had expanded the comb and the Queen (which we saw today) had laid some eggs near the edge. I trimmed the comb back to eggs…

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Screened bottom board, We made our first one

The new bottom Board

I finished our new Screened bottom board today, I added a Varroa Mite inspection mat that is just a piece of plastic. Part of the same sheet of plastic that is also the roof of our NUC box. The mat can be speared with a thin layer of Vaseline and then the mites get stuck…

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Weather Not good in Waitakeres

Well we were unable to open the hives yesterday, as it was raining most of the day. Bee’s are still bearding around Honey 1, even in the rain. They have formed little lines of Bee’s, so we will leave them to it. We have another NUC arriving soon, so we need to buy some new…

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