Sick Queen Bee !!! – EP068


Hi this is Episode Sixty Eight of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Bee-Friendly Gardens, Naked People and you want to be a Beekeeper?

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What’s happening at kiwimana



  • Courses started
  • Out of action with flu:-

  • Treatments underway in the kiwimana HQ apiary and wintering down the hives in New Zealand

Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month

  1. How to split a BeehiveHow to split a Beehive
  2. Awesome Autumn – EP066 – Wow so far 920 downloads 🙂
  3. How to Clean Beeswax

Beekeeping News

Propolis has been shown to inhibit cancer cells on many forms of cancer. Does the explain why bees are not dying of cancer?

Propolis has shown efficacy against brain, head and neck, skin, breast, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, prostate, colon and blood cancers.

Propolis May Help Treat Cancer
Full Paper Here…


A great article about how you can help the bees even if you are unable to keep bees. This could be a great link for all your friends that don’t have bees yet.

Topics Covered:-

  • Creating Homes for Your Honeybees – homes for other pollinators
  • Bee Feeder – using sugar never feed them honey
  • Hydration Station – provide sources of water
  • Sources of Pollen – provide bee friendly flowers
  • We are selling Seeds now!!!

    Another practical way to help restore bee colonies in your area is to create a bee-friendly garden. By providing shelter, food, and water, you can help the bees in your neighborhood to thrive.

    Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

Waste of honey or stunning art, what do you think? These are part of Blake Little’s latest project called “Preserved”.

Photo by Blake Little
Photo by Blake Little
The award-winning photographer “Blake Little” has shot a series of portraits of men, women, children, and even a dog, drenched in honey, and the results are truly a thing of wonder.

Incredible images of people drenched in honey

Your feedback on the naked people

@pasechnik_ru from Russia what a dreadful waste of honey! Taking it to eat is one thing but to waste disgusting

Marika – Sad and Bizzare

Great segment from a local news show in New Zealand “Campbell Live”, where a reporter spent the day with a beekeeper.

JulioCampbell Live reporter Julian Lee – also known as Julio – wanted to find out what life was like beyond the newsroom.

Julio’s first day as a beekeeper

Comvita is behind a program to reuse land that can’t be farmed to produced high UMF factor Manuka Honey.

Sun Through the ManukaBackers of a trial involving high performance manuka trees hope it will provide a credible land use alternative for farmers on marginal hill country land.

Manuka trial has eye on the money

Two great articles about things to consider before starting beekeepers, the summary is:-

  • 145__Three Beekeepers ChattingLifting – Can you lift 11 kg (25 pounds)
  • Type of hive
  • Prepared to talk to your neighbours
  • Read books
  • Bee stings
  • Start up costs
  • Time
  • Mentoring
  • Legal – Is your area zoned for beekeeping?

So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper?

11 Considerations Before Becoming a Beekeeper

Questions from you…

  1. QuestionHow To Prepare A Beehive For Winter In New Zealand – Ron
  2. How to do foundation-less frames – Justina
  3. What to use for foundationless frames – Vanessa
    Our interview with Michael Bush can be found HERE
  4. What types of bee hives are available in New Zealand – Justin

If you have a question, email us at [email protected] and the team at kiwimana will do our best to answer it.

Blog Post Coming Soon

  1. Treatment Free Beekeeping with Solomon Parker – KM069
  2. How To Prepare A Beehive For Winter In New Zealand
  3. What types of bee hives are available in New Zealand
  4. How To Extract Honey Without An Honey Extractor

Feedback from you guys!!!

A fine example of what a podcast should be – Snecker – 5 Stars – Great Britain

Gary and Margaret are clearly passionate about what they do and sum up an image of a couple of contented beekeepers, sharing their passion with the wider world, broadcasting from some sort of kiwi nirvana where the gentle hum of Apis Mellifera is occasionally interrupted by the sharp crack of a hive tool opening a super, overflowing with golden honey. It would seem that in kiwimana-land, everything is indeed, Awesome”. Interspersed with humour.

Awesome Podcast!!! – Scuba Sarah and Tyler – 5 Stars – United States of America

I am a beginner beekeeper from the Willamette Valley area of Oregon in the USA. I have listened to nearly all of these episodes and they are all full of valuable information for beginner and experienced beekeepers alike. They interview many beekeepers from around the world on their podcast where they share stories about beekeeping. Although many of the people interviewed on the podcast are expert beekeepers, they also interview beekeepers with all levels of experience which I have found particularly valuable. The person being interviewed on the podcast is asked the same group of questions (most of the time) regardless of who they are. I find the different answers people give to these questions very valuable and interesting. When you ask a beekeeper a question, they rarely just give you an answer, they tell you a story. The Folks at Kiwimana HQ are always trying to improve upon different beekeeping techniques and equipment to allow people to be more successful. They test products and talk about their findings on the podcast and if they can’t find something they like, they invent their own. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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