Powdered sugar shake – How to do a Powdered sugar shake to check the count of varroa mites living in your bee colony. A Step by step guide with thresholds.
Checked the weather forecast and it looked good until tomorrow, it has been predicated to rain tomorrow. Started the inspection at 2:30 PM. Started the inspection by taking off the roof, no sign of comb or Bees in the new “Kiwimana bee hive roof”. Looks like the bees don’t see the roof as an extension[…]Read More
Question from our readers Rocky write:- Hi guys: Happy New Year!!! I’ve just placed a testing board for 24 hours, to know what’s going on in my hive. No surprises but a few varroa. 2 still kicking. 9 in total as photo shows. What would be the next step? Any advice would be great. Cheers[…]Read More
Honey 1 Sugar Shake Today was the day to do the final sugar shake of Honey 1. We purchased a coffee grinder from the local hardware store. This helped us produce our own icing sugar without the cornflour that is usually included in icing sugar. We did the sugar shake with the ground sugar, and[…]Read More
Well it was a nice day in the hills of West Auckland, so it was time to do the second sugar shake treatment on Honey 1. I made it a bit easier this time, I sieved all the icing sugar or (powdered sugar for our American readers) in the Kitchen beforehand. So I only took[…]Read More
Did two things in the bee garden today. Sugar shook the Honey 1 Hive for the fourth time. It was due to be done last weekend. But the weather was not good for opening bee hives (Raining). Honey 1 sugar shake Removed the two supers from top of the hive and then removed the upper[…]Read More
Tray placed 17 Feb 2011 18:00 (0 mites) Tray Checked 18 Feb 2011 18:00 (59 mites) =59/24 (Hours) = 2.46 per hour or 59/1 (Days) = 59.00 mites per day Checking the Mite count after the Sugar Shake over the weekend, keen to see if its made any difference to the mites. I have heard[…]Read More