Tragedy at KiwiMana HQ

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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 is silent with no bees at all :(

We have learnt some things:-

  • Living in the Waitakere ranges has its pitfalls with the increased rain fall. We need to locate a more sunny spot for the bees. The location we had been great in summer, but terrible over winter. You need to pick your spot that is good for all seasons.
  • We think hives should be placed on stands at least twelve inches high. This would reduce the splash up we get from the ground.
  • We need to treat the hives to Keep the number of varroa mites down, when you start seeing deformed wings on your bees the battle may be over.

We are both very upset with this loss, experienced bee keepers have told us that this is part of the bee-keeping. But it doesn’t make it any less gutting.

Thanks….Gary :(

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About Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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6 Responses to Tragedy at KiwiMana HQ

  1. Gina says:

    I lost mine this year to. First time in 3 years. Felt like a failure.

  2. Max says:

    Sorry to hear about you’re hive loss.

    Hope you’re on you way towards getting some new ones for the coming season.

    Don’t have Varroa here yet, but expecting it this season.

    Max.

    • Gary says:

      Thanks Max, enjoy your blog by the way.

      I would recommend you read all you can about how to combat the mites before they arrive.

      Great to hear you hear you haven’t got the mites yet, another good reason for us to move south :)

      See ya…Gary

  3. Mark Wooller says:

    Yep, lost ours this week as well, getting a little tired of losing hives, Must of been great beekeeping 10 years ago without the Varroa, what a breeze !
    Keep up the blog and the community !

    Cheers Mark and Tia

    • Gary says:

      Thanks guys, yes it must have been great without varroa. It certainly makes life harder.

      Don’t worry we are not giving up :)

      What did you guys treat with this year?

      See ya…Gary

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