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Bee Venom Collector, Equipment

i see there is a quiet a big interest about bee venom collecting, and where can get the equipment. so here we will discuss where to buy collectors, and how to properly store venom.Continue

Tags: apitoxin, collector, venom, bee

Started by Jaime J. Bliss Feb 13, 2016.

More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Liz Gee. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Fiona Drummond on August 2, 2015 at 2:23pm

Hi TJ, if you add little sticks on the treacle, across the length of the tin that they can stand on, they shouldn't get stuck

Comment by TJ on August 2, 2015 at 8:40am

I have been told to hang tins partially filled with treacle in my apple and pear trees to help combat coddling moth.  My neighbour has an apiary nearby and I am worried that this treatment will cause bees to also get caught in the sticky mess,  The tins are inside onion sacks.

Any suggestions please?

Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on November 13, 2014 at 8:59pm

We chatted with Cliff Van Eaton recently.

Cliff Van Eaton is an apicultural consultant and Author, he was born in Canada but has lived in New Zealand for over half of his life.

He is the author of the book "Manuka The Biography Of An Extraordinary Honey" and also the co-author of the Control of Varroa book with Dr Mark Goodwin.

You can listen to our conversion here:-

Cliff Van Eaton - Manuka Honey The Biography


Comment by Janet Luke on July 28, 2014 at 4:09pm

I have formic Acid and Oxalic Acid in Hobby quantities for sale at . I also have a Top Bar Beekeeping course on September 20th in Havelock North. More info here

Comment by Kenny on February 5, 2014 at 9:11am

Bees and beekeeping equipment

Dr Mark Goodwin is looking for some very old NZ American foulbrood spores (spores of Panibacillus larvae a disease of honey bees). He needs to swab or collect detritus from any very old beekeeping equipment, skeps, old comb, old hive parts, or very old honey. They want to know how long the spores survive and whether there are any genetic differences between them and the ones that are currently causing disease in hives. If you can help, please let him know. 

Dr Mark Goodwin

Scientist and Team Leader, Pollination and Apiculture Team

The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited

T: +64 7 959 4550

Comment by Erin Gamble on January 31, 2014 at 8:14am

If anyone is looking for bees for a topbar hive, I make top bar nucs.  I currently have a very strong nuc for sale on 390x33 mm bars.  New seasons queen on new seasons comb (no residues).
Pick-up only. Hamilton.
Message me for further details.

Comment by Erin Fae on December 8, 2013 at 6:38pm

If anyone is looking for a healthy empty TBH, please message me. Also have bee suit, etc. 

Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on April 21, 2013 at 1:22pm

How did you varroa treatments go this year guys? 

I have written an article about the Autumn Varroa Treatments that we have just completed and the results we got with our treatments.

Its here if you want to read it:- Varroa Treatments - Our Autumn Treatments

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on March 12, 2013 at 7:10pm

Sorry, Cambridge, Waikato

Comment by Fiona Drummond on March 11, 2013 at 8:16pm

Perhaps let people know the area where you live Kathryn.


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