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It’s been busy here at kiwimana HQ. Louise is eating her way through the lawns, but the rain still falls and the ground is absolutely soaked – so the apiary still needs some TLC. Snow has been guarding the perimeter. whats been happening? We have made deliveries through our “Bee Club Express” also sent orders all over NZed, thanks so much to all those who are supporting kiwimana through these orders. Update Last Blog I talked about what was blooming at kiwimana HQ – we got lots of feedback and you guys say there are lots of flowers starting to appear. Since then…..some other plants which are preparing to bloom, nice buds coming from freesias, kowhais and kaka beaks. …through the grapevine Latest news I heard from a commercial beekeeper that there appears to be a shortage of bee keeper woodware ! …must be everyone preparing for the new season. …what we learnt last year We prepared for this by ordering early – so we have good supplies and are currently doing a stock-take and will be updating our on-line shop stock levels and updating our 2013 season pricing. We’ve been lucky to source a supplier who is overall giving us a better deal, so we aim to give you the best prices possible.
Buzzzz….. Our ‘Bee Waiting List’ confirmation request was sent out and a final notice will go out this week as we need to know who wants Bees. Our “beginuzz bee kit” is proving a hit again this year – this is a great way to start your beekeeping adventures – a fully working hive with two beehive boxes full-depth ! …so you can get stuck into your beekeeping straight-away. Once the honey starts to flow you’ll have to get some honey supers, we recommend 3x 3/4 boxes. …so far….the hive boxes are built and next step we start splitting our hives but we need to see more drones – so please please ….can we have some sunny weather!?? WORKSHOP I have been building hive boxes, both full-depth and 3/4’s. Lots of frames – waxing and wiring…….phew ! Check-out our workshop photo’s
ACCIDENT ! Yep ! …the BEEHVE versus the wet drive-way and fence…it was awful…caused due to the heavy rain – the drive-way was awash and the car lost traction and slipped into the fence! Luckily the repair is nothing major …but it does give ya a fright! What do you need to be working on? Our advice is start monitoring your hive population, higher population means higher mite population – so check your mite levels and treat if necessary. If you can inspect your hives – the things you will be looking for is healthy eggs one per cell, bright white larvae, healthy Bees with intact wings and the start of drone laying – take note that with drone comb, it sits higher than worker comb as drones are much larger than worker Bees. Our recommendation is to add kiwimana Drone Management Frames for mite management and forms part of your integrated pest management program. Add one to each hive box – so the workers can make drone comb and the queen will lay drones, what this means is you can monitor mites easily – the mites love drone comb and drones because they are a bigger feed than workers and the mites love to breed in the cells. We make them ourselves, they are easy to use…