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Havelock North
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Permaculture Design Certificate
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Getting Kitted out for Bee Keeping

I love bee keeping, it is the only time in my life I have been a size 6!

Being new to bee keeping I have gone for the full zipped hood bee suit. Some may think it is overkill, but I really dont like stings. This suit is like a white cotton boiler suit with an attached zipped hood. It has elastic at the ankles and wrists to keep any wondering bees out. I bought it through Arataki Honey, which is just down the road from me. Bee keeping is obviously experiencing a surge in…


Posted on March 3, 2010 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

We Have Baby Chucks!!

Our peking duck eggs have hatched. Our clever and very patient hen has been sitting on 6 duck eggs for the last 28days and is now the proud mother of some very cute babies. they look like little bundles of yellow fluff. They are already running about trying to catch flies and paddling in puddles, much to their mothers distress. She may be a first time mum but she knows chicks don't normally like water!

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Trying to beat those birds at their own game!

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Trying to beat those birds at their own game!!

I have been having a lot of trouble with hungry birds scratching up and eating seedlings and seeds. I have lost countless pea seeds to them. I don't know whether this is because there is not enough natural food to sustain them or perhaps it is the time of the year when they are feeding… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 10:52am

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At 9:32am on October 31, 2011, Grant said…

Hi Janet,

Is there any way the the NZ Beekeepers Forum can help you and Save Our Bees? We are rapidly growing and I am keen to keep the focus of beekeeper education to help those experienced in keeping bees and those who are new to the hobby to come together in a place where they can share hints, tips and experiences to help protect and expand New Zealand honey bee population.

Why are we different? We are NZ based, specifically for NZ Beekeepers. We have no affiliations, no preconceptions and are not attached to a specific club, company or organisation, so all viewpoints are accepted to allow greater eduction amongst the community.

I'd love to hear from you.


Kind regards

Grant, Admin: www.nzbees.net/forum

At 10:26am on June 23, 2011, Paul Brimecombe said…

Hi Janet.  I would like to make contact with you about top bar hives.  I have put in submission regarding the article in beekeeper mag.  I understand that you did too.


At 9:29am on January 29, 2011, Jane Maarie said…
Hi Janet, thanks for the warm welcome, cheers
At 3:00pm on September 6, 2010, Sheri said…
Hello Janet and "Welcome" to the Funk & Flash From Junk & Trash group. Glad to have you!

At 11:17am on February 8, 2010, Sarah Heeringa said…
Space is always tight in the magazine, but we would love a blog on bees for the Good website. Is that something you might be interested in?
At 9:16pm on January 12, 2010, Marcia Ann Meehan said…
Hi there, I have just had a look at your website, it looks very interesting and informative. I see where you are making TBHs - good on you. Mine is made of macrocarpa also. The chap who made mine is keen to make more , also from the Barefoot Beekeeper plans. It is ok to start bees in the summer, you may not get much surplus honey but I don`t keep bees for that reason, the honey being a bonus, the pollination is my aim, if the weather is good, ie plenty of rain and sunshine, you might be surprised, but you do have to leave plenty for the colder months, unless you plan to feed sugar and water, which is something I avoid.
At 7:22pm on January 12, 2010, Marcia Ann Meehan said…
Hi Janet
Great to hear you are getting a TBH - I love mine, and hope to have another for next season. Check out my blog for pictures if you like, http://miro-ngaio.blogspot.com
Where did you find out about the TBH ? The BareFoot Beekeeper is a great website, I downloaded the plans for the hive from there, also brought Phil Chandler`s book.
Best of luck !
At 11:21pm on November 14, 2009, Tony Lucas said…
Janet are you running another Chookie course I love to be kept in mind please as I will definately be there.
At 9:58am on June 30, 2009, Samantha Freeman said…
Great site with good advice - Thanks.
At 8:57pm on June 29, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Janet
Would you like to come to the Oooobymeet at my place on July 19 and meet some of the other local Ooooby members? There will be opportunity to swap and share too.


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