What are Foundationless Frames and why would a beekeeper want to use them?
Wow what a great day in Auckland today and wow what a great turn out of new and existing members at the bee club. I gave a presentation about how to merge two hives together using the newspaper method. Have a look at this blog post for more details about this Mokoroa 1 Merge Thanks […]
It was time to inspect hives today in between painting bee hive boxes and dodging the ever-present rain in Auckland. Isn’t it meant to be summer here? These are some notes from the inspections today:- Taupaki 1 Hive is very strong and doing very well, loads of bees in the brood area and their have […]
We got an email from Aaron this morning about a swarm in Glen Eden, that had landed in his front garden. When we got there we had to say “wow” it was the biggest swarm I have every seen. A colony that decides to swarm, will keep swarming until the hive is empty. The amount […]
Well it’s that time of year when all bee keepers hope we have done enough to help our bees with the coming winter months in New Zealand. In the case of the Waitakere’s we seem to get excessive rain for weeks at a time. We now know the reason why the council built a water […]
We open up the NUC today to see if all is well with the new Queen, she has been released from her cage and has started to lay eggs. Some of the cells had two eggs in them, which isn’t good had a look on the Internet and it says this can be normal for […]
Did an inspection of Goldie today, but the days are shorter here now in New Zealand. So had to cut it short. The weather is also getting colder, so some days it will too cold to open up the brood boxes. The mission today was to reduce the hive down to less 3/4 Supers, it […]
We did a count of Varroa is the Goldie hive over the last twenty four hours there was approx 280 that had fallen onto our sticky board, we will need to get some treatment strips into the hive in the next week or so. We first must reduce the hive down to two brood boxes.
I did a full inspection of the new merged hive today and all looked great, did spot a varroa mite on the back of one of the workers. So will have to treat for them when the supers are all off. As described last week, the hive has three brood boxes and a super on […]
Inspected the hive today, we had noticed that the landing board has been very quiet lately, so we suspected all was not well inside the hive. The have had two full boxes, and the Bees haven’t done anything with the new top box that was placed over one month ago. Got down to the bottom […]