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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

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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. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Janet Luke on November 25, 2011 at 7:48am

Hi Rachel and Marjolijn, Good on you both for exploring alternative ways to treat for varroa. All beekeepers need to do this as we now have chemical resistant varroa here.  Grant what you describe is a way to do a count for varroa levels it is not a treatment, it would be impossible to go through the whole hive that way. I have just come back from visiting the Backwards Beekeepers  in New york and they shared many organic and natural ways that they are dealing with Varroa over there. They have had varroa for a lot longer that we have. I will write a blog soon about different ways they use to keep varroa levels down to a minimum. Please visit the Green Urban Living Green Community forum if you need a forum which is accepting, non judgemental and full of ideas, and advice for the Topbar beekeeper  http://

Comment by Grant on November 24, 2011 at 11:04pm

Hi Marjolijn and Rachel,

Reading through the book "Control of Varroa, a guide for New Zealand beekeepers" the only effective icing sugar method is the sugar shake. This however does not involve dusting the bees in the hive as its ineffective. To avoid clumping it should not be done in the rain, or in humid conditions or during a honey flow. If done correctly you get a 95% hit rate, but it involves collecting 300 bees in a jar each time. Remember that NZ has different requirements to other countries so always try to reference an NZ resource. More information is available in the book or you can read through topical discussion on the NZ Beekeepers Forum

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


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