Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 24, 2011

History of Beekeeping

I have decided to start a new short series on beekeeping in history.It won’t be too long i intend to put up a new post every Sunday, Wednesday and possibly Saturday.

A honey-collecting scene probably created around 6000 BC in eastern Spain pictures like this allow us to build a better understanding of beekeeping throughout years. At this stage humans are in the neolithic period. They have at this point developed ladders and baskets to carry honey.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 24, 2011

Todays news in Beekeeping

So i went to the Auckland Beekeepers Club today, it was actually extremely interesting. I hadn’t been in a while and became a member today. We opened up a few hives which was interesting. But the highlight was some of the discussions i had with fellow beekeepers. One even said that Varroa was the best thing that happened to New Zealand bees. His reasons were interesting to say the least and he made some good points.

Sadly a hive we opened up was totally dead and had been robbed out, many open queen cells remained though.

Later i treated my hive with ApiStan and checked for any swarm cells. I didn’t see the queen though i did see plenty of brood. Anyone else found anything interesting in there hive(s)?

Recently in Hawkes Bay there was a large outbreak of AFB (American Foulbrood) with at least 40 infected hives.

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” St. John Chrysostom



Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 21, 2011

Are we right?

I believe that we are beekeepers for a reason. But i believe that we should not be beekeepers but more bee-guardians it is our duties as beekeepers to maintain the bee community after all we as “beekeepers” and humans are the ones responsible for the destruction of bees. It is we who place chemicals within the hives, it is us that regularly take honey more than the bees can spare for something as simple as money. Something as dangerous as money. We are sacrificing our bees for money when it should be the other way round. The destruction of the bee community is as much if not more our fault. We developed frames that inhibit natural comb production. We place foundation within the hive that has gone through multiple hives possibly bearing disease and chemicals. Bees have been around millions of years longer than us and yet we seek to control them. They have evolved alongside plants and one cannot be without the other, yet we seek to destroy this perfect relationship for dirty money. It is no wonder bees are dying around the world.

We must listen to the bees and act accordingly, do what they require not we want for honey.

We are responsible for it, the public is grown on misconceptions which are not their fault. If bees are so important to us then why are we killing them?

“…the only conclusion to which one can come, is that the principles on which the whole structure of modern apiculture are based must be at fault, in either one or more important directions.” A Gilman (talking in relation to the loss of bees)

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 19, 2011

Top Bar Hive

The explanation for a hive

“The mass-productionization of bee culture is the single most damaging process in our world. The great pioneers of modern beekeeping created vast empires without knowing what they were doing. The motivating point was and always has been, how to get the most out for the least put in. Those great men had no idea what old fools they were, and how universally pernicious their principles would become.” Charles Martin Simon

One of his posts on beesource is very interesting but very controveresial that was a small excerpt of his “10 Principles truly from another side of beekeeping”. When first reading I found him to be truly arrogant but he makes some good points we killing off our bees for money. There is a link in the sidebar as well as below to his post.


Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 14, 2011

Langstroth vs. Top Bar


If you are a honeybee in New Zealand, there is roughly a 99% chance that you live in a commercial operation. This means you are managed like a commodity for pollination and honey production.

  • You live in a hive usually made of synthetic materials including plastic and toxic paint.
  • You are forced to live in a square-shaped frame rather than a natural curved shape like bees build in the wild.
  • Your Queen is ‘caged’ in the lower section of the hive.
  • Your Queen is squashed and killed each year and replaced, often with an artificially inseminated Queen. This artificially bred Queen can lack vitality and often the colony is thrown into chaos in an effort to accept her.
  • The frames you are forced to live in can contain contaminated wax, or plastic. This is where you are expected to live, work and raise your babies.
  • Pre-formed foundation wax is placed in the hives, forcing you to build comb to the beekeeper’s requirements rather than your own.
  • Each year your colony is prevented from swarming, thus preventing your species from multiplying and helping to increase its genetic diversity.
  • The majority of your honey is stolen each season and you are fed white sugar to sustain you until the flowers start blooming again in late Spring.
  • Toxic chemical treatments are often added to your home to treat many diseases that have been introduced from poor beekeeping practices.
  • Your colony is trucked around the region and forced to pollinate crops. With some crops, such as Kiwifruit, your hive is placed in the middle of a mono crop, so you are forced to feed off this crop even though it is not nutritious for you.
  • The drones (males) in your hive are often culled, as they provide nothing to the commercial beekeeper.

A Top Bar Hive allows:

  • Bees to build their own natural comb to their own particular dimensions.
  • The Queen is allowed to move throughout the colony.
  • Honey is left for the bees, with only superfluous being removed.
  • Drones are allowed to develop to spread the colonies genetic makeup.
  • Queens remain for as long as the colony needs them.
  • Disturbance of the colony is kept to a minimum.

I encourage you to continue reading on the link below

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 5, 2011

Great News!!!

Great news!!!!

Maybe the end of bees isn’t as near as we thought


Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 4, 2011

Award Winning Research

Recently I entered the Massey Science and Innovation Symposium whilst most participants researched sport a few people researched things like wine and milk. I on the other hand researched bee behaviour in different seasons. I presented my research and came 1st place in my category.

I am also currently preparing for another experiment it will use an observation hive to record the bee dances and I will attempt to translate these to pinpoint food sources.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 4, 2011

Hive Inspection for DECA

A few weeks ago i recieved a letter from the AFB Management Angency it required me to have my hive inspected by a Beekeeper with a DECA (Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement). Yesterday my hive was inspected, my queen has been laying for the last month or so and i had an extremely high amount of honey. I dipped my finger in some of the honey. It had a flavour like spring (Crispy, fresh etc.). I also have had an extremely high varroa count. I will be putting in some ApiStan as a treatment. Thanks

A fully capped frame of honey.

Posted by: thebuzzonbees | September 3, 2011

First Post

Hey Guys

Thanks for coming here. This is my beekeeping blog. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to answer them. I will be posting about my hive inspections, honey harvest, research etc.


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