Is Honey Good for Kids – KM155

This is Episode One hundred and One hundred and Fifty Five of our beekeeping show – Is Honey Good for Kids

We are Gary and Margaret, We are kiwimana.

kiwimana are beekeepers who keep bees on the Wild West Coast of Auckland in New Zealand. We love to teach about beekeeping. We sell beekeeping supplies and share information to help you keep honey bees organically.

In this episode we ask Is there any Health Benefits for Children to eat Honey ? and it’s not all about the Honey in Wales. We also have roving reporters checking in from the United States and New Zealand.

What’s Happening with our Bees – We talk to Margaret

Before we do the roving reports lets take a moment to thank our roving reporters from all over the world who have been absolutely awesome, taking time to share their updates with you.

Avari from North Carolina, Joe from Northamptonshire, Chris from Hampshire, Weronika from Poland, John and Jeanne from Indiana, USA, Gudny from Central Auckland, Yolande from Ontario, Ron Miksha from Calgary, Ben from Ben’s Bees in Melbourne, Chris Brown, Laura Jasper, Maggie from South Yorkshire, Kelvin from Dunblane, Linda from Uxbridge, Ontario also Bancroft Ontario (2 locations 2 hours apart), Walter from NY/ Long Island/Suffolk, Finn from Oxford and Nicole from Colorado

And to the many who have emailed us with updates of their beekeeping adventures – too many to mention but know we have appreciated hearing each and every one of your adventures

Margaret – So far this bee season 2019 has been challenging for me but my goal to treat less is ongoing.

I have finished all splits and now I am shifting to nectar management.

Along with nectar management and my desire to be treating less ….I know that monitoring varroa and responding to the threat level of 6 mites is still top job.

Gary – it would be great if we didn’t have to treat but not really possible at this stage

You said nectar flow started ramping-up so how is that going ?

Margaret – The current nectar flow has been exciting and my other goal is taking some honey for ourselves, lots being collected but still waiting for capping so trying not to add too much space in the hope the girls will cap more… by adding too much space I think it may distract the girls from capping….we’ll see how that goes.

Monitoring nectar in brood cells is required to ensure the queen doesn’t run out of space to lay…I do this by adding frames to the brood boxes on each side of the brood box bearing in mind we run two brood boxes…adding frames is key and do that on level one and two.

Gary – What do you run your hives in ? And what sort of frames do you use…I know this but our listeners would like to know

Margaret – Wooden langstroth hive boxes full depth which are oiled externally with three coats of boiled linseed oil. The frames are 33mm Hoffman style with wax foundation sheets embedded into wires – 10 frames in each box.

All hives have a robbing screen.

The langstroth have a hive-mat with slot but some new season queens are sitting on solid bottom bases and others on our kiwimana mesh base board with inspection tray which can be inserted and removed, handy to use year round for monitoring mite levels..

Then some have A frames roofs, and the rest flat closed corner hive roof with a hive mat or inner cover. We also have all our hives on hive-stands 30cm up off the ground.

We do also run hives in our LifeStyler or long bench hive which sit at bench height.

And one colony run in 7 frame hive-boxes.

Gary – so you are saying having the right equipment is helpful ?

Margaret – Yep because Our mission is to Save Bees, one hive at a time, by helping you keep Honey Bees alive.

Roving Reporters

Walter – Long Island – United States

Walter has been keeping bees in the West Hills of New York for over three years now. Walter and wife sell their honey at local fairs and markets. Walter is studying to become a Master Beekeeper.

Nicole – Colorado – United States of America

Nicole runs a small hobby farm in Pueblo West, Colorado with her husband, Patrick. She loves animals, the outdoors, and orchids!

Check out her blog and podcast over on

Finn – Oxford – New Zealand

Finn is a Beekeeper from Oxford on New Zealand’s South Island

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Beekeeping News

5 Honey Health Benefits for Children Over 2

A great article from keeping backyard Two years before feeding honey to children thereafter this articles talks of 5 Honey Health Benefits for children over two.

As your child grows through their first few years of life, it’s fun to introduce them to new things. You get to show them the joy of going down a slide, learning to dance and eating new foods.

One benefit not explained is that keeping bees is also a great family past time and as I have watched bees around children they seem to react differently to children and children turn out to be great beekeepers.

Talking Points

  • Insulin levels always rise when humans eat, it’s part of the body’s process for preparing for digesting food – it’s so confusing
  • Have some fun with honey as lots of fun to bee had if you are a beekeeper and have kids they will love the extraction process and giving jars to their friends and families.
  • Spread on Toast and muffins…probably better with lots of fresh butter

Your Feedback

Raymond O’brien I couldn’t agree more

Bees: It’s not all about honey for Wales’ 180 varieties

This great article comes from the BBC in Wales.

Did you know there are over 180 varieties of Bees in Wales but not all are the same. This interesting article talks about the many different bees in Wales stating Apis Melifera or Honey Bees are not the only ones in Wales….

Honey bees grab most of the limelight with their produce used for food, drink, drugs and skincare products. But they are just one of the 180 species found in Wales.

Bees feed on pollen and nectar from flowers – meaning the changing landscapes affects where they thrive

I would deduct from that comment that they are not thriving if species are becoming extinct ! not surprisingly, the article goes on to state…

The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930’s, so coastal grasslands, dunes and even man-made brownfield sites are becoming important hotspots

Talking Points

  • So many varieties which means lots of pollinating opportunities for plants and trees
  • Who’da thought there are so many bees …currently got boggled mind
  • Changes in agricultural practices contributing to losses
  • But on the flip side they are seeing new species coming into UK giving the tree bumblebee and ivy bee as examples
  • Don’t bee too tidy in your garden… let weeds grow is what I take from that
  • Some old coal sites quarries left to revegetate are becoming havens for wildlife
  • Side note dandelions are an extremely popular plant for the Honey Bee

Further Reading – Buglife Cymru

I had a look at Buglife Cymru and it’s got some great articles about all sorts of ‘bugs’ but they had an article which sparked my interest.

Pollinators in Peril – Climate Change Threat to UK Bees

Here is a link to their website:

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Show Times

  • What’s Happening with our Bees – We talk to Margaret 00:01:13
  • Roving Reporters 00:08:58
  • – Long Island – United States 00:09:15
  • – Colorado – United States 00:11:14
  • – Oxford – New Zealand 00:15:39
  • Do You Want to Be Part of Show and Become Roving Reporter 00:18:51
  • Have you Tried Out Hive Tracks? 00:19:11
  • Bees: It’s not all about honey for Wales – 180 varieties 00:27:08
  • Who helped us in bringing this show to you? 00:32:56
  • Some more Beekeeping tips from Margaret 00:34:56
  • The Summer Survey – Have your Say 00:35:26
  • Christmas Thanks 00:35:49
  • Tips for people going on Summer Holidays 00:36:13

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