Queen Excluders, what are there and what can you use them for in the beekeeping world.
I went along to Auckland bee club today, and spent most of the time helping Sue in the shop. It was a very busy day and I enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone that came in. I managed to sneak out during the talks. The topics today were:- Harvesting honey Tips on entering the honey[…]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
The honey flow has slowed down in most parts of New Zealand and hopefully you have taken all your honey supers off, and got your honey in jars for the winter months. The Time to Treat is here now, what are your plans???
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
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
Time to inspect Goldie today, it was a hot day in the hills today with no rain so decided to inspect while I could. It was windy but very calm in the Bee Garden area. The hive now has two full broods and three supers on top, all the supers have been drawn out with[…]Read More