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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 marjolijn vos on January 29, 2012 at 11:37am

My top bar is doing awesome! Took out 2 bars and got heaps of cut

comb and 6 jars of honey, yum. We have a wild swarm in the neighbours

avocado tree doing really well too. Tho I have been told the varroa will

kill them... By the way would love to see some tb keepers at the Auckland bee club to share their knowledge and experience to newbies

Comment by Daniel Martin on January 3, 2012 at 9:20pm

Hi Stu

From your description, those conical raised cells are Drone cells.

Cheers, Daniel

Comment by Stu Miller on January 3, 2012 at 7:23pm

Hi everyone,

I installed two new packages the week before christmas. I've just opened them up for the second inspection and it looks like both queens have been busy laying, with one hive looking slightly stronger than the other. I noticed about 5 or 6 conical projections from the comb they have drawn (both hives are foundationless) in the weaker hive though...are these queen cells? Should I be worried?

Any advice would be great. Didn't have my camera today but if need be I will take some photos this week.



Comment by Pbee on January 3, 2012 at 1:43pm

All 4 are gone!

Thanks for watching!

Pleased Pbee

Comment by RaVeN on December 18, 2011 at 12:33pm
Comment by Pbee on December 6, 2011 at 8:40pm

I have checked on the introduced Italian Queens and both are doing well.

The Nuc/s have been listed on TradeMe.

Listing #: 429989449

Very Happy Pbee

Comment by Pbee on November 28, 2011 at 11:40am

2 gone - 2 to go!

The 2 remaining are Carneolan Bees with new Italian Queens which will go in this afternoon.

Happy Pbee

Comment by Pbee on November 27, 2011 at 6:45pm

Hi All, 

4 Nucs for Sale as of Tuesday. Waitakere - Auckland.


2x4 frame and 2x5 frame, 3/4 depth. Wooden frames - naturally drawn.

Bees are Carneolans. Work hard and bring in lots of honey.

Gentle to work - no smoking required.

One of the 5 frames has last years Daykel queen - white marking. I think this one has 1 black plastic frame.

Two Nucs will be given Italian queens.


You can bring your own Nuc the day before collection or 'Hive Doctor's' travel Nuc can be provided at cost.


I am a registered Beekeeper with DECA.

Bees had Varroa treatment (Apistan) in spring. No history of AFB.

 If you are interested, give me a call 022 121 1221.

First come - first serve!


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


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