How to make a Beehive Box – An article about how we make Macrocarpa hive boxes at kiwimana. With tips on how to assemble your Beehive boxes.
In this article we explain how to set a Timms Trap to trap Possums on your property. These trap are an inexpensive method of pest management.
We had a busy weekend when some new beekeepers visited the kiwimana apiary. We had a visit from a family interested in getting into Beekeeping and wanted to experience someone working with the Bees, we were happy to oblige…
It was time to inspect hives today in between painting bee hive boxes and dodging the ever-present rain in Auckland. Isn’t it meant to be summer here? These are some notes from the inspections today:- Taupaki 1 Hive is very strong and doing very well, loads of bees in the brood area and their have[…]Read More
What is a Queen Castle and how can you use one to raise Queen Bees.
We went along to the Auckland Bee Club to hear about Queens and the start of the swarming season in Auckland.
What is a Solar Wax Extractor and why you will find this very useful in your beekeeping to extract wax from your bee hives.
Today I was busy building a swarm trap, which isn’t really a trap as the bees can leave any time. So it really should be called a swarm lure. We see it as a way to save a passing swarm by providing a suitable home for them. A swarm in the wild will usually die[…]Read More
In this article Margaret goes further into swarms and how as a beekeeper you can reduce the chances of your colonies swarming. Margaret also discusses basic information on how to collect a Bee Swarm.
We went along to the Franklin Bee Club, We had a great time and learned some great tips. Were you there?
This article explains how we do hive splitting with great success. This disrupts the varroa mites and also increases your colonies.
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[…]Read More