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Posted by: thebuzzonbees | January 25, 2012

Beekeepers have a voice

So recently there has been some debate over GM crops and the affect it has on bees, nectar, pollen etc. A German court recently ruled that a beekeepers honey wasn’t suitable for human consumption as traces of GMO corn were found in it. French beekeepers, worried that they might suffer the same, marched on a Monsanto location, employing a trojan horse technique, they let in 100 beekeepers and set up 2 hives. Full story found below: http://www.beekeeping.isgood.ca/news/french-beekeepers-occupy-monsanto 

Video documenting the protest. Note: It is in French.

Hungary has also completely banned the growing of Monsanto maize, resulting in the destruction of 1000 acres of GMO corn.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | January 24, 2012

Laying worker, it is

So I checked the beta hive again today. Unfortunately I have come to the conclusion that it is a laying worker, as I found 4 eggs in one cell and eggs at the sides of the cells.

I joined the nuc this even and fingers crossed I get the them back up to full strength

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | January 23, 2012

Hmm laying worker?

So i’ve been having a problem with my Beta hive, for the last month and a half they’ve been queenless. I repeatedly added frames of eggs and brood and they didn’t make any queen cells. So I added queen cells. They rejected all of them, or so I thought…

I had built a nuc to join with them, I went to join them today and I found eggs in the cells, some were off centre but the majority were relatively centred. I only saw one egg per cell and no capped brood except for some drone that I think must be dead cause its been there for ages. Anyway there were multiple queen cells and all had been slashed by this queen/laying worker.

Anyway I’ll leave them for a week and see what happens.

Varroa count:

Alpha: 9

Beta: 0

Delta: 1

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | January 22, 2012

Loadsa Stuff

I really should start posting more, so i’m actually gonna try and make an effort to post more. Quite a bit has happened recently with my hives. I have one hive which was really strong. its been queenless for over a month, all my attempts to get them new queen have been rejected. So I’ve built up a nuc which I’ll join with them.

I extracted honey a week or so ago. The hive it came from decided to be aggressive and give me 80 stings fortunately only 10 went through. With all the bad weather recently the bees haven’t brought in as much honey as expected. Fingers crossed for a proper summer over February.

I’ve read some interesting articles, one being about scientists discovering a parasitic fly that causes the same symptoms as CCD, honestly I think the scientists are trying to hard to find a cause for CCD that they’re bending the facts to suit the theories.

2 frame extractor being loaded.

2 frame extractor being loaded.

http://www.biofortified.org/2012/01/apocephalus-borealis-a-new-threat-to-honeybees/

 

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | December 12, 2011

Bees

Hey

So i’ve got 4 hives now. I had my second hive swarm recently.  But i’ve sorted it out and that gave me another hive. I got a swarm of bees of someone at the Auckland Beekeepers Club, they’re looking really strong i supered them up but they werent drawing it out. I removed the queen excluder so hopefully that makes them more inclined to draw it out.

 

My first hive pretty much when downhill after they swarmed, i requeened it but that didn’t do much as she didnt lay much. But i’ve requeened them again so hopefully they go uphill.

I took a kg or so of honey out as well.

Well cool thanks

P.S ideas are still welcome for the removal of the wild hive.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | November 6, 2011

Sorry

Hey guys,

Sorry i havent been posting recently i’ve been pretty busy.

So i got another hive and they’re look pretty strong, my first hive i’ve requeened and is looking stronger. I’ve been asked to take away a wild hive (not gonna be easy) its down a hollow tree and quite an annoying bunch on bees not aggressive just annoying, Ideas are welcome for how to remove it.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | October 5, 2011

R.I.P

Well i inspected the hive yesterday and i noticed a pile up of dead bees at the entrance. My first thought was robbing. But i as i went through the hive i noticed full frames of honey but few frames of brood. The brood that was there was all mature there were no eggs or larvae. I also noticed chilled brood to my horror. About 3/4 through the brood chamber i found a queen. A young virgin queen who also i believe may have been an emrgency queen.

I decided to get a second opinion from a more experienced beekeeper he agreed with my diagnosis that the bees had tried to swarm and as they were leaving they died due to the rain and wind thus the pile of bees at the entrance.

R.I.P My dear queen.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | October 1, 2011

History of Beekeeping Part. 3

German forest beekeepers working in 18th century. Reproduced from J.G Krunitz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey well i haven’t posted in a week so i figured it was time to do one.

This picture is of two German beekeepers. At this point (1774) forest beekeeping was the norm. One would climb up a tree and remove a panel revealing the hive. They would proceed to cut combs out. The beekeeper to the left if you look closely is smoking a pipe to calm the bees whilst the one on the right is using a veil.

In England this was also the norm but with so many forests being owned by the crown. The beekeepers were forced to conceal the hives carefully often by cutting the panel out of bark and carefully putting it back in.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 25, 2011

Historical Beekeeping Part. 2

A rock painting depicting a honey collecting scene. They’re collecting honey from an Apis Dorsata nest. The method of honey collecting is a tradition and is still caried out in parts of India and Nepal. The Honey Hunters will throw a ladder down the side of a cliff, after starting a fire at the bottom of the cliff to smoke the bees the hunters descend.

With bamboo poles they poke the comb till it drops off. They will collect this and place it in a basket hanging from a rope next to them.

In Sumatra Honey Hunters will climb a large tree and will cut the comb out. They protect themselves from the stings with a blanket covered in a special herb.

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