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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. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

Top Bar Beekeeping 5 Replies

I live in the Auckland area and have been interested in Top Bar Hives for a while. I'd love to start keeping bees but before I do that I'd like to find a mentor who has experience with TBH beekeeping…Continue

Tags: natural beekeeping, TBH, top bar hive, beekeeping, bees

Started by Steff. Last reply by Janet Luke Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Daniel Martin on November 19, 2011 at 9:40pm

Yippee!! I have had two swarms given to me last week. I have made one 1.2m topbar hive and need to make a second one. At the moment I have both swarms in either end of the hive until I get the new hive made. the second swarm I was given was the size of a soccer ball and is very active so I may keep this one in the original hive. Inspection tommorow afternoon. This will be the first one for me so I am brimming with nervous excitement.

Comment by Rachel on November 18, 2011 at 8:14pm
Hi marjolijn, this is my first year of topbar beekeeping but I have heard that a natural way to treat for varroa is to puff / sprinkle icing sugar over the bees and this then coats their body in it. They then pick the icing sugar off each other and the varroa fall off in the process. I have done so once to my hive and the bees really didn't seem bothered by it... Check out Phil Chandlers book Backyard bee keeping, it talks about it a bit more.
Comment by marjolijn vos on November 18, 2011 at 12:25pm

Just have to add, specific to top bar hives please.

Comment by marjolijn vos on November 18, 2011 at 12:24pm

Hello all, could people please share their experiences of treating

their hives for varroa using natural methods what ever they may

be. Thanks so much.

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on November 14, 2011 at 10:42am

NZ has about 40 different species of Native bees as well. However these are not Honey bees; and pollinate different things (although some also polinate some of our crops). The global decline is primarily in Honey bees which have evolved to pollinate many of our Euro-Asian foods.

Comment by Denise on November 12, 2011 at 12:33pm

check this out - a previously unknown species of bee found in NY. Although probably not 'new', maybe there is hope of halting the decline of bees after all?

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on November 11, 2011 at 2:42pm

Looking for advice. This season I have lost queens in both hives. Not just once; but at least 3 hives worth of queen cells have failed. I am worried this is not just bad luck; what am I doing wrong.

Comment by Lisa Cliffe on November 10, 2011 at 6:28am

Thanks, I'll try this

Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on November 9, 2011 at 10:03am

Probably the best thing to do is Freeze them for 24 hours in  a large freezer (This will kill any eggs or worms).  Then I would clean away and damage done by the moths and then these can be introduced back into the hive.


Make sure the frames are defrosted and back to room temperature before returning them to the hive.


See ya…Gary

Comment by Lisa Cliffe on November 9, 2011 at 6:34am

I have some frames I've stored over winter that were partially capped. I was going to feed it back to the bees but ended up not needing to. Now a find quite a few frames have white worms in patches.

Is this going to be wax moth (I've never seen it in the flesh) what should I do about them? - beside squash them

I'm thinking maybe I need to scrape thoes frames down and dispose of the wax honey everything before I give it back to the bees - is that enough?

suggestions welcome





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