An introduction on how on Counting Mites using a meshboard or a screened bottom board.
Tonight we had a great time with some fellow beekeepers, myself and some local beekeepers met up with Caroline who is visiting from England. Caroline got in touch via our blog a few months back, it was great to finally meet her in person and talk about her adventures and travels. Great to see that […]
Good article and comments from John Hartnell the Federated Farmers Bees spokesperson. Since 2000, Varroa has seen the loss of at least 200,000 bee colonies. Federated Farmers believes it doesn’t matter what hat farmers wear; sheep, kiwifruit, mohair or dairy, all farmers are on the bee team, which is actually, New Zealand’s A team. “Last […]
Checked the Mokoroa 1 cache that we re-queened with a queen from Dal’s Pollination three weeks ago. The hive is going from strength to strength after we removed the wax moths. The hive has new brood and spotted a lot of eggs as well. It was touch and go for a while with these girls, […]
Well its day 13 now, so time to move the many Queen Cells that hopefully have been created. Inspecting the NUC today and we only have one Queen Cell on the Millar frame and it wasn’t on the edge at all, I suspect that the other eggs may have died in the cold when we […]
I finished our new Screened bottom board today, I added a Varroa Mite inspection mat that is just a piece of plastic. Part of the same sheet of plastic that is also the roof of our NUC box. The mat can be speared with a thin layer of Vaseline and then the mites get stuck […]
Hi everyone, well yesterday was a dit damp but we went ahead to check the Bees, Gary was really brave and did a thorough inspection, however when I opened up Honey 1 she was really full ! …I think this is mainly due to the wet weather and they must’ve decided to only send out […]
Decided to not use my huge gloves today, to see what it would be like. Got stung as the Bee’s seem very aggressive today for some reason. Maybe it was the windy weather, it was bright and sunny but quite windy. But calm down by the hives. Checked the new Brood Box and it was […]