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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. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Janet Luke on December 16, 2010 at 9:00pm

Here is a short video on hiving a newly caught swarm of bees into a Top Bar Hive. I hope you find it useful.

Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on December 14, 2010 at 6:32am

Sorry the photo isn't the best, its hard to take clear photos with one hand while holding a frame of bees :)


But here is the first of this seasons honey from one of our hives, still not capped but should be very soon.


We were worried that the season wasn't going to start, but the bees have also filled up two full sized boxes which we leave for them for over winter.


The bees have been going crazy lately with all the cabbage trees flowering in the Waitakere ranges.


We better go and buy some new jars :)


See ya...Gary

Comment by Megan Lloyd-Evans on December 6, 2010 at 9:01pm
Would anyone like to set up their hive in my Wellington garden? We have plenty of flowers and more bumble bees than I've seen for quite a while, but no honey bees this year.
Comment by marjolijn vos on November 30, 2010 at 11:09am
Hi all,
Thanks for all the sharing and information, great to hear of
so many people with love for bees!
Comment by Sarah Heeringa on November 29, 2010 at 1:21pm
We collected a swarm a few weeks for our Top Bar hive - our friend (whose hive the swarm came from) caught the swarm in a box. We took our whole hive around, shook the hive in then left them for an hour till it got dark. Returning later we closed up the entrance with tape, wrapped the whole hive in a big plastic bag carried it carefully to the car, drove home, and once we had the hive in the garden removed the bag and tape. It worked a treat!
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on November 29, 2010 at 9:37am
The bees in the sustainable garden down at the Hamilton Gardens swarmed last week, I caught them and popped them into a new TB hive on a friend`s organic farm in the Waitatuna valley. Swarms are usually reasonably quiet, full of honey and lookinf for a new home. I shook them into a cardboard box, managing to get nearlly all and drove them out to their new home - all buzzing on the back seat ! Pop into my new blog for more info and pictures. I pored them into the hive after taking out about 10 bars, put the bars back and all is well ! Good luck !
Comment by Janet Luke on November 29, 2010 at 9:18am
Here are some images of catching a swarm here . There is also some imformation on the Save Our Bees Trust website on how to get bees into your new TopBar Hive here Good luck, I know you will enjoy your bees.
Comment by Frugal Kiwi on November 29, 2010 at 8:44am
I caught a swarm for my TBH 3 weeks ago and wrote about it all at Good luck with catching the swarm!
Comment by marjolijn vos on November 29, 2010 at 8:38am
Hi all, I'd love to hear from anyone who has captured a swarm
for a topbar hive and how the bees went into the hive. ie, from
box, not from nuc frames... I am waiting for the call to collect
a swarm with eager anticipation and in the meantime trying to
learn as much as I can about capturing a swarm.
Comment by Cally Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:04pm
When I was at Ceracell last week, I saw a crusher. It was a small version of a large one I saw on trademe a while back. It's like a large round tin except it's made of mesh, and instead of a lid, has a round solid top with a handle that pushes down into the mesh container to crush the honey. The Trademe ad said it was for extracting manuka honey (which doesn't spin well) but I thought it would be great for extracting honey from top bar hive comb.

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