The tale of the Pool Side Bees

Day One Got a call from Mary in Glen Eden, a swarm of bees had taken up residence on the side of her pool house. It was into the Kiwimana mobile after work, with a spare hive that I had gathered together from parts found in the workshop. Mary said she thinks the bees had[…]Read More

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Catching a large swarm in Glen Eden!!!

We got an email from Aaron this morning about a swarm in Glen Eden, that had landed in his front garden. When we got there we had to say “wow” it was the biggest swarm I have every seen. A colony that decides to swarm, will keep swarming until the hive is empty. The amount[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 2

Second visit to this Remuera hive, we texted the house owner “Nick” this morning and he advised us that the bees had returned to the hedge despite our efforts last night. The bees are clustered in a middle of hedge and a wire fence to boot, so it’s not a simple group of ladies to[…]Read More

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Auckland Bee Club and New Bees

Today I went along to the Mid Month Auckland Bee Club meeting, the discussion was based on swarms, which was run by Dennis a very experienced bee-keeper. These mid monthly meetings are more about getting together with like-minded people, that also love bees. On my way home I went around to Franks house to check[…]Read More

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Franklin Bee Club and Tana Umaga?

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,[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 3 “Third time is the Charm”

I headed out to work on the Remuera swarm again, hopefully third time lucky. I spoke to Peter from the Franklin bee-club who suggested we take some old comb to attract them. Which I had done last time, but this time I also took a frame of capped honey from our stores. What I did[…]Read More

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Swarms Swarms EveryWhere!!! Swanson 1!!!

Got another call from a kind member of the public “Terry” yesterday morning while we were getting reading to tackle the Hawthorn Swarm again. A swarm had arrived yesterday and was in a tree. It turned out that Terry knows Tom Dixon from the Bee Club, so small world indeed. Luckily for us the swarm[…]Read More

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AFB Check at Earthsong

Went along to check on a hive at the Earthsong, which is an Eco-Neighbourhood project based in Ranui in West Auckland. For more information about this project please check out their web site http://www.earthsong.org.nz It seemed like a great place indeed very peaceful with loads of gardens about. Conny had asked us to come and[…]Read More

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Treating our new Hives with Api Life Var

In between collecting swarms we checked on our new hives today and treated them with “Api Life Var” the organic mite treatment, the mites counts have been low but we have been told that treating a hive with low brood is more effective. So lets see what happens. So in summary this is what we[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 1

Tonight we got a call from Tom Dixon the Auckland bee club swarm co-ordinator about a bee swarm in Remuera. We arrived to discover that the swarm had taken up residence in the middle of a hawthorn bush. A difficult proposal indeed. We tried to brush some bees into the new hive, but they were[…]Read More

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…where did they go ?

…it appears our swarm has swarmed !  yep they left, and not a one stayed !  we aren’t sure what happened and we put it down to three possibilities, maybe not enough food, maybe the queen wasn’t in the hive, maybe the queen died. We’ll have to put this one down to experience…roll-on the next[…]Read More

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