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Beginners Beekeeping Course

Last year the club ran a course for beginner beekeepers which proved very popular, so it will be repeated again this year.  The course will consist of five x two-hour indoor sessions, plus one practical session at the Club's hives at Chartwell.

Hi I use oxalic acid as a...

Hi I use oxalic acid as a more control but the last couple of times instead of vaporizing it has turned into crystals that completely cover the hearing pan and look a bit like hoar frost. Is this because it's not getting hot enough? Has anyone experienced this and know how to fix it?

February Meeting

Happy New Year to all our beekeepers!

The first club meeting for 2017 will be on Wednesday 1st February at the usual venue of the Johnsonville Community Centre.  It will start at 7:30pm with tea and coffe available beforehand.

Topic: "Requeening and making splits for winter"

There will also be a meeting for beginner beekeepers in the upstairs room starting at 6:45pm (Note the earlier start time!). The topic for the beginner session will be "Monitoring and treating of hives"

Beginners Beekeeping Course

Last year the club ran a course for beginner beekeepers which proved very popular, so it will be repeated again this year.  The course will consist of five x two-hour indoor sessions, plus one practical session at the Club's hives at Chartwell.

Hi I use oxalic acid as a...

Hi I use oxalic acid as a more control but the last couple of times instead of vaporizing it has turned into crystals that completely cover the hearing pan and look a bit like hoar frost. Is this because it's not getting hot enough? Has anyone experienced this and know how to fix it?

February Meeting

Happy New Year to all our beekeepers!

The first club meeting for 2017 will be on Wednesday 1st February at the usual venue of the Johnsonville Community Centre.  It will start at 7:30pm with tea and coffe available beforehand.

Topic: "Requeening and making splits for winter"

There will also be a meeting for beginner beekeepers in the upstairs room starting at 6:45pm (Note the earlier start time!). The topic for the beginner session will be "Monitoring and treating of hives"

Site inspection

Hello. Are there any experienced members that can come to my house to advise if I have a suitable location for a hive? I live in central Lower Hutt. Thanks

Understanding Tutin and the Risks

The Bee Products Standards Council, in conjunction with MPI and ApiNZ has produced a paper on tutin.  All beekeepers, whether they sell their honey or not, need to be aware of the risks of tutin contamination or honey and the requirements of the Tutin in Honey food standard.   The paper is available on our website:

http://www.beehive.org.nz/groups/public/understanding-tutin-and-risks-0

 

Are there any experienced...

Are there any experienced members that can come to my house to advise if I have a suitable location for a hive? I live in central Lower Hutt.

Understanding Tutin and the Risks

Please see attached document from MPI regarding Tutin and the risks to honey.  Whilst tutin is not a major risk to honey in the Wellington area, it is the responsibility of all beekeepers to be aware of the danger of tutin-infected honey.

All beekeepers are advised to follow the tutin standards, even if they do not intend to sell their honey.

Understanding Tutin and the Risks

Please see attached document from MPI regarding Tutin and the risks to honey.  Whilst tutin is not a major risk to honey in the Wellington area, it is the responsibility of all beekeepers to be aware of the danger of tutin-infected honey.

All beekeepers are advised to follow the tutin standards, even if they do not intend to sell their honey.

All about bee swarms

Bee Swarms are the natural way that bee colonies multiply to increase their numbers. In the world of bees, an individual is not the important entity, as most bees cannot reproduce. The important unit is the colony, which contains a queen (or occasionally multiple queens) responsible for laying eggs which the colony as a whole hatches and raises.  It is therefore important for the survival of bees, that colonies "reproduce", which is done by the bees splitting into two groups, one of which stay in the hive, and the other departs to find a new hive.

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