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The Truth About Apistan

The Truth About Apistan

Bee Health, All, Product
7th Mar 2019 | Posted by Bruce Clow

The Truth About Apistan

Bee Health, All, Product 7th Mar 2019 | Posted by Bruce Clow
There is a lot of misinformation, misunderstandings, and outright lies, circulating in the New Zealand beekeeping fraternity about the very excellent varroa control product, Apistan. I plan to set that right. I’ll do that by paraphrasing a letter I wrote to a good beekeeping friend (his name is changed so as not to embarrass him) who carried these false impressions for a number of years. I ho …
What to Look for When Checking your Hive.

What to Look for When Checking your Hive.

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14th Nov 2018 | Posted by Thomas Clow

What to Look for When Checking your Hive.

How-To, All 14th Nov 2018 | Posted by Thomas Clow
A lot of people don't know what to look for or what checklist they should be going through to make sure their hive is strong and healthy.This article will go over the best and easiest ways to check your hive. Now a good hive is a hive that has constant and consistent checking. A lazy beekeeper will find their hive will suffer and or swarm. So the first thing you need to do is maintain a consistent …
Paraffin Wax Dipping—Does It Work?

Paraffin Wax Dipping—Does It Work?

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31st Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow

Paraffin Wax Dipping—Does It Work?

Learn, How-to, All 31st Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow
A good friend of mine and an excellent beekeeper was showing me his stacks of nuc hives ready to be put in the field for queen rearing and splits. I asked him how old they were as they were starting to look a bit worse for wear and he said they were three to five years old. We went up to some and the landing boards were rotten through and fell apart in his hand. He was surprised as he said they …

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Varroa Managment

Varroa Managment

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31st Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow

Varroa Managment

Learn, Bee-Health, All 31st Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow
I had the pleasure of attending the American Beekeepers’ Federation conference in January 2015, and one of the sessions was on varroa management.Usually, when we think of dealing with varroa, we immediately think of ‘strips’ of something. Well, there is much more that can be done, and perhaps should be done before we hit the problem with ‘strips’. Understanding the life cycle of the varroa mite …
Tips for Getting Frames Drawn

Tips for Getting Frames Drawn

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20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow

Tips for Getting Frames Drawn

How-to, Learn, All 20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow
To have the greatest chance of successfully getting your bees to draw good even beeswax comb from your beeswax coated plastic frames, plastic foundation, or beeswax foundation, it is essential to understand both bee biology and bee behaviour. As a beekeeper, we want our bees to build deep even beeswax comb which they can then use for rearing brood, storing pollen and nectar, and of cour …
Single Brood Box or Double Brood Box?

Single Brood Box or Double Brood Box?

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20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Thomas Clow

Single Brood Box or Double Brood Box?

How-To, All 20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Thomas Clow
Many people struggle to find the most effective way to set up a hive through the season, many people have different methods and it is hard to tell which is the best way to run a hive, either in a single full depth brood box or a double brood box system. I will share with you my experiences with both systems and give you some pointers on what system I use.Its the beginning of August, the season is …
Ceracell Round Comb Honey System

Ceracell Round Comb Honey System

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20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow

Ceracell Round Comb Honey System

All, Product, Learn 20th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow
Comb honey is a great way to harvest that delicious liquid gold. Comb honey is growing again in popularity in tandem with the growth in beekeeping in general in New Zealand and in particular with hobbyist beekeepers. The convenience of dispensing with the whole honey extraction step is also a major benefit for the beekeeper to go to comb honey production. It is ideal for the hobbyist an …
The Hive Defender Succeeds

The Hive Defender Succeeds

Bee Health, All, Product
19th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow

The Hive Defender Succeeds

Bee Health, All, Product 19th Jul 2018 | Posted by Bruce Clow
This is an unsolicited endorsement of the Ceracell Hive Defender.Hi Bruce I have been meaning to write to you for some time to inform you of how your ingenuity saved my bees.I had three fairly new small hives together in an apiary at the rear of my garden, as it also houses the storage tanks and water pump for the house it is well fenced from stock and in a very sheltered position.I che …

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