Hi Everyone, Today we travelled south to meet with our friends at the Franklin Bee Club for the monthly meeting. The weather was stunning, no rain and no wind… fabulous 🙂 There was a great turn out, with car park full and overflow parking area. Just having a bit of a catch-up and chat before[…]Read More
We checked the bottom board and we discovered seven Varroa mites in Goldie, which is a very low count for this time of year but we must keep an eye on these little mites. We also need to work out a way to control their numbers without using chemicals, not keen to use any chemicals[…]Read More
This is another reason, why we as Beekeepers need to find alternatives to using chemical treatments in our hives. Beekeepers are concerned about reports of varroa mite showing resistance to chemical treatments in some hives around Auckland and the Waikato. Varroa is the biggest killer of bees world-wide. The Beekeepers Association says the anecdotal evidence[…]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
We did a count of Varroa is the Goldie hive over the last twenty four hours there was approx 280 that had fallen onto our sticky board, we will need to get some treatment strips into the hive in the next week or so. We first must reduce the hive down to two brood boxes.
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[…]Read More