Feeding and Final Sugar Shake

Honey 1 Sugar Shake Today was the day to do the final sugar shake of Honey 1. We purchased a coffee grinder from the local hardware store. This helped us produce our own icing sugar without the cornflour that is usually included in icing sugar. We did the sugar shake with the ground sugar, and[…]Read More

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Inspection of Honey 1 – The Queens Great Escape

Checked the weather forecast and it looked good until tomorrow, it has been predicated to rain tomorrow. Started the inspection at 2:30 PM. Started the inspection by taking off the roof, no sign of comb or Bees in the new “Kiwimana bee hive roof”. Looks like the bees don’t see the roof as an extension[…]Read More

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Honey 1 – Sugar Shake and removed Drone Brood

Hi, I was discussing Sugar Shaking our Bees yesterday with Rocky at the Auckland Bee Club and invited him up to be part of our first attempt at it. It went pretty well, and we made a video on YouTube about it. Click HERE to view the Video. Hopefully the video shows you how we[…]Read More

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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[…]Read More

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Otago Daily Times- Beekeepers preparing for mite spread

Varroa Mites spreading down in the South Island, sad news indeed. A hobby beekeeper who bought two infected beehives in Christchurch and took them to Queenstown is believed by many to be behind the appearance in Central Otago of the feared bee-killing varroa mite. Colin Williscroft investigates. Full Article Located Here.

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theage – Fight the mite’s might

A good article from theage in Australia about the impending arrival of Varroa Mites, also discusses the Asian Honey bee which sounds terrible. ITS Latin name is Varroa destructor and it is every bit as terrifying as it sounds. This tiny mite, no more than two millimetres long, has the potential to bring down not[…]Read More

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Genetic weapon developed against honeybee-killer

Some news from Yorkshire, England about a new method of controlling the Varroa mite. Interesting reading but not sure about science behind it. Researchers have developed a genetic technique which could revitalise the fight against the honeybee’s worst enemy – the Varroa mite. http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9306000/9306572.stm

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Made some Screen Bottom Boards

Finished building some screen bottom boards today.  Screen bottom boards have a few advantages. Help reduce the varroa mites due to natural fall (The mites fall through the screen) Provides a way for you to count mites Provides increased ventilation for the bees Reduces moisture in the hive over winter I would recommend looking into[…]Read More

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