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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
23 Jul 2018

Set up for spring

After a long, cold winter spent huddled inside, everyone is looking forward to spring – bees included. For your hives, spring is a time of intense activity. Egg-laying, brood-raising, and nectar-gathering all start to ramp up after being almost non-existent in winter.
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How-To
09 Nov 2018

New queen for the old colony

Bee colonies revolve around their queen – but what happens when she’s gone? Although it’s not common, there are times when a beekeeper needs to introduce a new queen to an old colony. This happens if the queen dies or stops laying eggs, or if you need to split a hive and start a new colony. Without a queen, there are no eggs, and without eggs, there are no new bees. So, lack of a queen can eventually lead to the loss of the colony, if you don’t take steps to fix the problem. Some colonies will be able to fix the problem themselves by creating a new queen, but this doesn’t always happen.
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Learn, How-To, Health, Product
23 May 2018

Pollen positives

Most people know that bees collect pollen, but few really understand its role in the hive. Unlike nectar, pollen is not used to make honey, but it plays a vital role in the life of the colony.
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Learn, How-To, Disease, Health
20 Mar 2018

Watching out for Wax Moths

How to prevent invasion and treat infestation
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
08 Feb 2019

Harvesting Propolis

Bees – they’re clever little things. As well as buzzing around making delicious honey, they’re also hard at work making a compound called propolis. Propolis is used as a sealant in their hives, as well as an embalming agent to cover surfaces. Propolis is also the bees’ disinfectant – one of nature’s most powerful antimicrobials, it cleans and sterilises the inside of the hive.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
01 Apr 2018

​Winter is coming

Much like us, bees prefer to spend winter snuggling up for warmth, staying indoors, and eating as much as they can. But they can’t do that without adequate food, a warm hive, and protection from the elements.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
07 Sep 2017

How to get kids involved in beekeeping

Kids and beekeeping may not seem like natural partners. After all, beekeeping involves being patient, methodical and calm...
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
18 Sep 2017

Common beekeeping mistakes

New beekeepers face a steep learning curve. Beekeeping is part science, part art, and it can take some time to get your head around the process.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
10 Jul 2017

Selling your honey

Everyone knows that bees make honey, but beginner beekeepers are often surprised by exactly how much they produce.
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Essential Services Update

Ecrotek is committed to supporting our industry through this difficult lock-down period and beyond, however there are limitations on supply based on government definitions of essential services.

According to ApiNZ guidelines and protocols, Hobbyist or non-commercial beekeepers need to recognise they do not qualify to continue their normal activity under the Government’s directive that only businesses providing the ‘essentials of life’ should continue operating. However, managing disease, especially varroa and preventing starvation is however an animal welfare issue, and hives can still be managed for this purpose.

Please keep this in mind when ordering product through Ecrotek during this lock-down period.

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