This was a question posted in by one of our readers, Sophie asks:- How can a New Zealand beekeeper keep their bees alive every year? Well this is a good question, over recent times bee-keepers are having trouble keeping bees alive. Due to Varroa mites and pesticides in the environment. Last year our plan failed[…]Read More
Hi, this page has some resources (Books and Videos) that we have found useful in learning about Beekeeping. Gary and Margaret Movie – Bees – Tales From the Hive Amazingly up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate- and most spectacular- portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed. It’s[…]Read More
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 weeks at a time. We now know the reason why the council built a water[…]Read More
The day started off pretty grey in the Waitakere Hills, so wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to put in the new Queen that I picked up last night from “Dals Pollination“. The weather picked up around lunch time, so I headed out to the Bee gardens. After reading many articles on[…]Read More
Well it was a wet day in Auckland, and we were surprised the meeting was still on. But we were told by the Hive Manager “Peter” that weather forecast predicated clear skies until Lunch time. So it was off down to Franklin to attend the club day.
A couple of months ago we heard about a process at the Franklin Bee Club to clean up dirty Beeswax from your solar wax extractor or direct from your capping’s bucket. We had some left over wax from last years honey harvest that needed cleaning up. (1) You need some type of gas cooker (we[…]Read More
Another great use for Manuka Honey… A type of honey used for centuries to treat wounds may be the ultimate weapon against drug resistant bacteria, research suggests. Manuka honey fights three types of bacteria that commonly infect wounds, including the notorious MRSA ‘superbug’. Full Article here.
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
I headed out to work on the Remuera swarm again, hopefully third time lucky. I spoke to Peter from the Franklin bee-club who suggested we take some old comb to attract them. Which I had done last time, but this time I also took a frame of capped honey from our stores. What I did[…]Read More
The sun was out so it was a good day to attend the first bee club meeting of the weekend. The first part of the meeting was part of the yearly AGM, a new vice president and some other club roles were nominated. I was nominated by one of the committee members “Martin” to join[…]Read More
Today we checked the hive for any frames that had mostly capped honey and glad to report that we found nine frames. So it was time to do our first extraction of the year. We didn’t get as much honey this season due to the splits and Queen raising experiments we did in spring. But[…]Read More
Well took my chances today in between the Auckland Rain showers to inspect one of the hives. Today I inspected Honey 1. Honey one had three brood boxes that I have reduced down to two and put in 2 Apistan strips in each brood box. Here’s hoping that these knock back the Varroa mites a[…]Read More