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No Free Loaders!

No Free Loaders!

As we close in on winter, the colonies cut loose all the free loaders in the hive. Sounds harsh but their survival rests simply on making sure they have stores to last them the winter. And theres no room to feed anyone who is not going to carry their weight. I went through a couple hives today to see that all the drones (male bees) had been exited from the hives. The drones dont do alot (none) of work around the hive. They cant feed themselves, dont do any housekeeping, and have only one thing on their mind. During the...

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First official blog post!

First official blog post!

So here it is, our first official blog post! A general chat about the season so far and a look to the future.  This has been another challenging season for beekeepers in New Zealand. In short, the amount of nectar/honey flow is directly linked to the weather. It has been another season were the weather has reduced the amount of honey flow. Some areas have still produced but nationally its been tough.  We have been fortunate in that early-ish in the season we predicted that we may have a short flow in the other areas we keep our bees and...

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