Merry Christmas Bees – KM038

Hi this is Episode thirty eight of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Treatments, Swarms and Council Bylaws.

Welcome To the kiwimana buzz, A show where we talk about Beekeeping, gardening and life.

Hi, it’s Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcasts are about beekeeping, Gardening and bit of politics about environmental issues. We also have been known to go off on tangents about other issues.

What’s happening at Kiwimana


  • Thanks for listening to the podcast over the last year
  • Getting orders finished before Christmas
  • Helped Barry move some Beehives


  • Visitors bring Chocolate Biscuits and discussed bench hives
  • Margaret is learning about Top Bar Hives
  • Margaret has been busy with Beekeeper Services and Beekeeping supplies
  • Getting Beginner kits finished off
  • Margaret going to be running a course in the new year
  • Karen the new guest blog poster, welcome Karen to the Team. Look out for Karen’s new gardening blog posts.

Blog Recap

  1. Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer – Used to combat Varroa Destructor Mite
  2. How to make a Beehive Box
  3. Karen Bean – Off grid beekeeper and blogger extraordinaire

News Topics

Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

Honey bee populations are being allowed to collapse because current treatments are being applied to hives in the wrong way, experts claim.

An article from the telegraph about why treatments are failing, reminder to people to check before after treatments to make sure what you used worked.

A study by Sussex University found that oxalic acid is 97-98% effective in a study that involved 110 colonies.

Prof Francis Ratnieks said: β€œWhat we have found is that different methods do have different effects on the mites and the bees, but the best method does not harm the bees and is deadly to the mites”.
Honey bee treatment ‘applied in wrong way’

Truck Crash in Georgia causes massive Bee losses, local beekeepers help in the cleanup and rescue work.
Bees Swarm in Forsyth After I-75 Accident
There is also an update story about the beekeepers that helped out with the cleanup:-
Big Rig Bees Find New Home

Story from New Zealand about a cargo load of bees that shifted during transportation. Here is the drivers account of the incident.
Truck Driver Tells Story Of Bee Attack

Auckland Council

Dallas and Sara Russ’s struggles with the local council bylaws and what constitutes a beehive.

This raises issues with the new Auckland Supercity proposed bylaws, which we read this week in the Beekeeper magazine are being discussed by representatives of the Auckland Council, Auckland Branch of the NBA, Auckland Bee Club and the Franklin Bee Club.

We wonder what these new bylaws are and will these be discussed with all Beekeepers in Auckland?
Couple stung by bee bylaw

A Fascinating article from mental_floss about the honey bee, did you know that bees help catch serial killers?
13 Fascinating Facts About Bees

Questions from you…

  1. How much honey is lost by splitting a hive
  2. How to stop robbing bees with mesh

Blog Post Coming Soon

What’s Happening in Karen’s Garden?
Counting Mites with Sugar

Feedback from you guys!!!

Gary and Margret do a brilliant job with this podcast. Very easy to listen to with content relevant to what is going on in the beekeeping world today. Its “Fantastic!”

Karen Bean Interview – Another great interview, Gary. Really interesting.
Sorry we couldn’t beat the wallabies for you on the weekend πŸ™

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After Hours Bonus – Merry Christmas

Away in a Manger – IKOS David Clifton with choirs of Peterborough Cathedral is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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