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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 Pbee on February 19, 2012 at 8:52pm

If you join the NZ Beekeepers forum, you better restrain yourself from telling everybody how you feel or Grant will 'gag' you! It is a great Forum considering the members, but Grant will not accept if you type with enthusiasm or if you have a different opinion. A world class scientist from Finland with lots of available information on treating Varroa has been devastated about the attitude on the NZ Beekeepers Forum. 

Comment by Grant on February 9, 2012 at 10:55pm

The NZ Beekeepers forum is on the edge of some significant milestones

189 members, 5003 posts and 599 topics. I think its pretty impressive considering the site has only been going for 6 months. We welcome New Zealand beekeepers from all walks of life, whether that is TBH, urban, hobbiest or commercial. Check out the Warre hives being posted too, they look great :)

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on February 7, 2012 at 3:33pm

Won't know for 2 to 3 weeks if my Virgen queen has mate sucessfully. If not then I will have to buy a mated queen.

Comment by marjolijn vos on February 7, 2012 at 1:07pm

Hows your situation going Nicholas?

Comment by marjolijn vos on February 7, 2012 at 1:06pm

Thanks anyway Nicholas. Rosemary from the Auckland bee club came

over yesterday and we spent the avo doing a drone cull. No eggs, larva

or capped brood. Probably no queen. Drones are trying to get back in

but can't fit thru the entrance anymore cos we jacked up a queen

excluder... Going thru the frames again this avo to check out drone situ.

Some are small enough to fit thru cos Rosemary said the eggs were laid

into worker cells. I am learning so much. Rosemary is awesome.

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on February 7, 2012 at 12:05pm

I would if I was not in a difficalt state myself. Sorry.

Comment by marjolijn vos on February 6, 2012 at 10:11am

The hive swarmed on New Years Eve. When I opened the hive after the

swarm there was heaps of frames of capped worker brood and a whole

frame of capped drone brood. A few queen cells empty. So its been 38 days since the hive swarmed. There is still capped worker brood in there

so I figure that means there has been a laying queen. I think my best

option would be to get a couple of frames of brood. Are there any tbh

keepers in Auckland that would be willing to pass on a frame?

Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on February 6, 2012 at 8:18am

Hi marjolijn,

It sounds like the hive could be Queenless and you have a drone laying working.  How long has the Queen cell been in the hive?  Is is longer than the gest period of a Queen?


Comment by marjolijn vos on February 5, 2012 at 12:59pm

HELP! I need help please! I've just opened my hive and found more than

50% drones... Very small amount of capped worker cells. No more

capped drone cells that I could see thankfully. Possibly 1 queen cell.

No eggs. Small amount of stores. Drones have consumed at least 3

frames of honey.... Ideas I have thought of include asking for a couple

of frames of brood from another tbh keeper and buying a new queen...

Can anyone give me advice/help?

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on February 5, 2012 at 9:07am

Lost another queen! Looks like they successfully produced a virgin queen. There is certainly more to HTB hives than the books suggest. You need the right type of bees (not too virile); and you need to look into the hive quite often. Next season I am going to try a framed hive.


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