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.

Hive bases for easy work and handling

The pictures ┬áincluded – show the manner in which my hives are set up for ease of working.

Just at a good height for handling frames and when the lid is lifted off and placed upside down

to the right of the hive and slightly in front, the height of the hive is about correct for me to swing

supers off and placed on top of the lid – the hive mat can be placed over the supers to control bee

flight. The club apiary hives will be set in the same manner

The wooden structure was built by Peter and provides a sound platform at a good height for working

You will note in both cases that the HIve Doctor – 2nd generation base is being used – minor modifications

have been made to this 2nd generation base and have overcome a problem with the underlay apertures

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Dancing Bees

Each Tuesday during the school year my wife Robin and I spend the morning at Helensville Primary School, helping with the school remedial reading program. We have both been involved in this activity for a number of years and gain a great deal of pleasure in watching the children progress from almost no reading skills to capable young readers with a sound base upon which to develop their reading and enjoyment of good literature.

This last Tuesday morning 20 May 2014 a smiling young pupil arrived with a book which had a number of stories and her chosen story was called Dancing Bees. I was quite captivated by the story and in the light of the fact that the school is encouraging senior pupils to, in season, visit our hives and learning something about the inside workings of a hive, I felt it suitable and appropriate to set up a page about. Please enjoy and encourage your children to view the page.

Click on the pictures and it will go full screen!

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