Here’s some inspiration for Urban Bee Lovers!  While roving through our customer websites, I came across this inspirational one which I would like to share with you.   It captures the very essence of urban beekeeping and furthermore, the whole point behind saving the bees. Click on the link below to discover what these two beekeepers […]

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Winter is hard on hive colonies and for various reasons you may find yourself with a a hive that has insufficient bees to keep alive through the rest of the season or maybe it has become queenless. If left alone you will lose the bees that are there. The only option here is to merge […]

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How can we develop Varroa Resistant bees? Every now and again, a new idea comes forward to combat varroa,  the problem that has been with us in New Zealand since it was discovered here in April 2000.  These ideas are eagerly analysed for their chances of success because it doesn’t seem like varroa is going […]

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  I have been considering the importance of hive temperature and its effect on the bees. The design of the hive, whether it be a nest in a tree or a man-made hive, considerably impacts hive temperature.  Hive design has not changed fundamentally since the Langstroth hive was invented in 1854. Commonly, Langstroth hives are […]

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Many beekeepers in New Zealand are finding the current climate is pretty tough for their trade.  If you’re looking for employment opportunities in other places – here’s a great job – Royal Beekeeper! A photo of the queen taken  in 2003 has come to light showing her amusement at a swarm of bees interrupting a […]

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 Honey Extractors Every hobby beekeeper either has access to a honey extractor or would love to have one of their own but is it really necessary to own one? Honey extractors certainly are the best way to extract your honey.  Some clubs hire them out.  Maybe get a group together and share the cost if […]

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If you are using Thymol for varroa control then it is important to know how it works. This will help you to use it more effectively. Thymol is an extract from the herb thyme. Because of thymol’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it is useful in food preservation as well as for treating tinea and ringworm.  […]

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Manuka Vs Kanuka. There is no doubt that kanuka is the poor cousin of the two but what really makes the difference? First let’s look at appearances.  The flowers:  (Of course, you cannot use this as an indicator when there are no flowers!)   Manuka has larger single flowers that are spread over the bush while […]

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Apitraz vs Apivar. When comparing Apitraz vs Apivar we find these two products have the same active ingredient.  They both require two strips per brood box.   As well, you will find they are similarly priced. Calier, a Spanish company, manufactures Apitraz.   This product has  a 12 month expiry date. Apivar, a vacuum-sealed product, has a […]

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