This week we are talking about Hive Alive, New Wasp bait and 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Bees and why does honey crystallise? This is Episode Eighty five of our beekeeping podcast.
In the fourth part of Margaret’s series about the start to the Bee Season at kiwimana HQ. Some great photos of bees and blooming flowers at this time of year.
Well we’ve started our countdown to spring, but its hard to know the state-of-play for our girls – yes our Bees 🙂 Margaret discusses what is flowering at the kiwimana HQ.
Mokoroa 1 Did a full inspection of the hive today, still a few ¾ frames in the hive from when I was feeding them the stores from last year. Loads of brood today and spotted the Queen walking around, the upper level doesn’t have much in it. But I will leave for them to fill[…]Read More
A tale of woe and despair, an update on what is happening at kiwimana and what we are doing to fix this issue.
Margarets third blog post about spring preparations for our Bee Season in New Zealand
Queen Excluders, what are there and what can you use them for in the beekeeping world.
Checked the Mokoroa 1 cache that we re-queened with a queen from Dal’s Pollination three weeks ago. The hive is going from strength to strength after we removed the wax moths. The hive has new brood and spotted a lot of eggs as well. It was touch and go for a while with these girls,[…]Read More
What is a Queen Castle and how can you use one to raise Queen Bees.
We hosted some Korean visitors to kiwimana HQ, and Andy showed the group how to raise Queen cells from one of our colonies.
What Happened A couple of weeks back we had an incident with the Remuera 1 hive. We were inspecting frames and the queen must have fallen from the it. When we were cleaning up after the inspection, we noticed a large cluster of bees gathered on the ground and then to our horror we noticed[…]Read More
Quick Check after a day’s work to see how things are going in Mokoroa 1, well some good and bad news… The Queen is laying well and we saw some new brood and some new eggs, also spotted the queen on the frame with the new eggs. We find this is where you will normally[…]Read More