Up coming events

Market Day at Kaukapakapa Library featuring bees and beekeeping!
Rodney Beekeepers Club
Live display hive, info on beekeeping, trees for bees

Sunday Nov 17th at Kaukapakapa Library (next to KKK Fire station)

New hive entrances fitted to club hives

Local residents and bee enthusiasts, Sean ,Kyle ,Marilain and Llewelyn have developed a new innovative bee hive entrance system call the BeeIQ Solutions Hive Gate.

The  BeeIQ Solutions Hive Gate allows the bees to better defend their home from the pesky German Wasp, by mimicking a more natural hive entrance, also improving the dynamics inside the hive.

New BeeIQ Solutions Hive gates were fitted this week, easy to do. Check out the

pictures.IMG_6231German Wasp checking out the hive


Hive stripped down


Internal tunnel fittedIMG_6249

External entrance fitted


Hive back together

IMG_6251Amazing how fast the bees get used to the new entrance

The benefits of Joining a Club

Having googled, read books I took the plunge and got into bees, and with prodding from my neighbours I joined the Rodney bee club.

Attended most meetings, I listened , learned, fronted up to the field days, learnt how to extract honey…yum .

During meetings the clubs president always says remember…what works for that person may not work for you ..you need to look at your hive .

My hive has been slowly dropping numbers, but that’s alright , it’s winter ,so to be expected, I have got mite treatment, so cant be that , must be hungry, so I’ll keep feeding them but numbers kept dropping, built a fence to keep the cold southwesterly away, but still numbers kept dropping .

During the last field day, we all got involved, opened hives inspected, gee these hives are doing well..compared to mine. Than the penny dropped, my mite treatment was not working!!!.All the signs where there but i forgot..what works for that person might not work for you.

Got some different treatment, hey presto…dead mite city.

Took some interesting pictures with a microscope.