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Honey 1 and Queen rearing take 2

The weather in New Zealand is Great today, so it was time to check Honey 1 for any issues.

Happy to report that no AFB (American foul brood) was located. Did spot one case of Sac Brood. And spotted many varoas mites in the drone brood. Hopefully the Apistan still in the hive will deal with these little guys.

There are a lot of bees with deformed wings, we understand this is because of the mites. This is very sad to see.

Spotted the Queen but didn't spot any new eggs, that may have been due to me not the queen. The light wasn't the best. We did spot lots of healthy capped brood and some lava.

The hive is low on stored honey, so will put on a feeder tonight to hopefully give them a boost.

The queen cell that the bees had created in the NUC. Had also died so we put another Millar frame into the brood box. This one was undrawn and doesn't have any wire in it. So we will check this next week.


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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