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A Tale of Three Swarms

On Our Way to pick up 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.

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Wrapping up your bees with a moisture quilt?

Vents before Mesh

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.

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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 and dozens of other bees dead on the landing board. So now our bee garden…

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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 noted some bees with Deformed Wings and even spotted some mites on Bees. So this…

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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 “Kiwimana bee hive roof”. Looks like the bees don’t see the roof as an extension…

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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. But we woke this morning to a nice clear sky day with no rain predicated…

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