Swarms Alive – KM035

Hi this is Episode Thirty Five of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Swarms and the Craft Out West Event.

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


  • New Swarm Alert Page swarmpatrol.com, join up to hear about new swarms in your area.
  • Busy in the work shop, Building meshboards and being crazy (like a fox)
  • Good interviews coming up, Josiah Garber and Karen Bean


  • Also being Crazy like a fox
  • Craft Out West Annual Event 2013 (This weekend – 9 and 10 November 2013), details HERE
  • Enjoying the Duck Dynasty TV Show
  • Busy doing Beehive Splits

Blog Recap Top 3

  1. What to Look For During a Hive Inspection
  2. Borage – Why Is It So Good For Bees?
  3. Hive Stand – Introducing the kiwimana Hive Stand

News Topics

Car on FireA farm hand and a couple of beekeepers save some tourists lives on a remote South Island road.
Teen frees stricken tourists

Pauls Great Products
Pauls Great Products

Honey mead is making a comeback in America, the amount of meaderies has risen by 100 over the last five years. Mead is becoming the popular drink, great news for Paul Berry of Sting Honey Mead.
Beekeepers, vintners rediscover nectar of the gods

photo credit: G.L.S. via photopin cc
photo credit: G.L.S. via photopin cc

Sad story from Florida, Farm kills millions of bees. Should the fines be higher for this type of crime?
Farm kills millions of bees with illegal pesticide spraying

Business week uncovers a scam involving mislabeled honey that comes from China, and to avoid paying tariff is labeled as coming from other countries.
The Honey Launderers
* Update 26/10/2016 Article moved to Bloomberg

A massive swarm of bees caused quite the buzz at a truck stop Jonestown, Pennsylvania.
Truck stop bee swarm video

Wotton-under-Edge-HoneyA great blog post from Roger about extracting honey, we will be interviewing Roger this November.
Harvesting Honey – It’s A Sticky Business

Questions from you…

  • How often should I treat bees with oxalic acid vapour?
  • When to put an extra box on

Book we mentioned about adding Supers

The art & adventure of beekeeping by Ormond Aebi

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Karen Bean from Brookfield Bees and Honey – KM036
  • Organic Pesticides to Promote Bee Safety!
  • Different Types Of Beehives
  • Queen Castle – Buzzingham Palace
  • Building BeeHive Boxes

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After hours Bonus

Dennis Van Engelsdorp: A plea for bees

Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis Van Engelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature’s important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

This talk has been released under the creative commons license.

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