Category Archives: Beekeeping

Portable Observatin Hive

I recently made this small single frame observation hive to be used for education and demonstrations. It is made out of cheap pine and uses lightweight perspex covers which are bolted to the frame.

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Bee Forage

Euclalypts Eucalyptus cladocalyx E. kitsonia E. leucoxylon E. viminalis E. elata Acacias A. mearnsii A. baileyana Leptospernum L. lanigerum Banksias B. marginata   Melaleucas M. ericifolia M. squarrosa    

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New Beekeeper

A local friend of mine, JohnZ, is starting out with bees. I gave him one of my hives a couple of months ago. John has donated a few useful items to my farm workshop so when he asked about bees, … Continue reading

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Nuc Boxes

I made up some Nuc boxes this season for swarms, removals and splits. Now I have a total of 7 Nuc boxes. Three of them are painted dark green with hangers attached (for swarm traps). So far they seem to … Continue reading

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Indoor Observation Hive Active

Today I finally installed bees in the Observation Hive I have been building for some months now. One frame of brood with mostly larvae and eggs, a frame of honey and pollen and a frame of foundation. There is no … Continue reading

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Bee Removal From Barrel

My first bee removal from a wine barrel. A work colleague asked me if I might be able to remove a colony from his brothers wine barrel. As long as I could work out how to get the lid off … Continue reading

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Another Swarm

Last weekend one of my hives swarmed. I was next to it (inspecting another box) when they decided to go. Bees pouring out of the entrance like treacle. It all happened so fast that I did not get a photo … Continue reading

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Swarm Traps

This year I am keen to expand our apiary. A dozen hives would be nice. Swarm Traps I purchased a pack of five swarm lures to try out. Although I have since learned that lemongrass essential oil works quite well … Continue reading

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Splits And Swarms

Our winters here are quite mild, so I left a super on top of our suburban hive hoping that it would build up brood in the super so I could split the hive in Spring. They did not disappoint and … Continue reading

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Observation Hive

I have almost finished constructing an observation hive. It should be ready for Spring (around late August) when I hope to split one of our hives and get the observation hive going. I am looking forward to watching the bees … Continue reading

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