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A Tale of Three Swarms

Well guys its swarming season season here in New Zealand, we have had a few days of summer weather and the bees have made good use of it. We attended three swarms in the Auckland Region. Continue reading

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Wrapping up your bees with a moisture quilt?

Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to get the bees ready for winter. Your bees should have been treated now and have low mite counts. Now it is time to think about how to reduce moisture in your hives over the winter months. Continue reading

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Tragedy at KiwiMana HQ

Sad news today the weak hive “Mokoroa” has succumb to varroa mites. We used “Api Life Var” on the hive, but I suspect we treated too late to save them. We inspected them over the weekend and found the queen … Continue reading

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Good luck to our girls

Well it’s that time of year when all bee keepers hope we have done enough to help our bees with the coming winter months in New Zealand. In the case of the Waitakere’s we seem to get excessive rain for … Continue reading

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Honey 1 – Inspection “Can organic Beekeeping work in this hive?”

Removed the roof and noticed some dampness at some of the corners of the roof, will need to investigate this further. I inspected both brood boxes and it is evident that the hive is rather infested with Varroa Mites. I … Continue reading

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Sugar Shaking and Inspecting Bee Hives

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 … Continue reading

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Inspection of Honey 1 – The Queens Great Escape

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 … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Inspections

Mokoroa 1 Did a full inspection of the hive today, still a few ¾ frames in the hive from when I was feeding them the stores from last year. Loads of brood today and spotted the Queen walking around, the … Continue reading

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Removing the Apistan Strips

Well its week seven and we planned to removed the Apistan strips this week, the plan was if this weekend was bad weather (which to be honest in this Auckland Winter that’s most weekends), we would remove them next weekend. … Continue reading

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Goldie Inspection…More Supers???

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 … Continue reading

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