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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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
20 May 2017

Tips for a Bee Friendly Garden

When we hear about bees most of us think of honeybees (Apis mellifera) but there are many more bees around us.
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How-To, Getting Started
27 Oct 2017

More than just a hobby

Many Kiwi beekeepers start out as hobbyists, with one or two hives in a back garden or on a rural property, then make the jump to selling honey and beekeeping full time.
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Learn, Getting Started
10 Apr 2018

The trouble with tutin

​Honey seems so natural and wholesome that it’s difficult to imagine it causing harm. But if your honey is contaminated with another natural substance – tutin – it can be toxic to humans, causing nausea, vomiting, convulsions, and even death.
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Learn, Getting Started
18 Jun 2018

Not too sunny, not too windy, just right

For beginner beekeepers, beehive positioning may not seem that important. Many newbies simply pop their brand new hive in a flat spot, without considering how temperature, wind exposure, damp, and even direction might affect their bees.​​
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Learn, Getting Started
08 Jan 2018

Preparation, placement, patience – safe beekeeping practices

Beekeeping involves working with a large number of unpredictable living things. So of course, there are risks and dangers. But if you follow safe beekeeping guidelines, you should be able to minimise the risk to you, your family, your neighbours, and your bees. It’s about being well-prepared, thinking about the placement of your hives, and – most importantly – being calm and patient when you work with bees.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started, Save the Bees
22 Nov 2017

Spring of swarms – how to safely capture a bee swarm.

Expert advice from Ecrotek – the gear, methods and tips you need to safely capture and relocate a swarm of bees.
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Learn, Getting Started
08 Jun 2018

​Two hives are better than one

Many hobby beekeepers start with one hive. It’s easy to see why: a single hive is less of an investment in terms of money, it takes up less space in a small garden, and it seems easier to manage. But starting with two hives – or more – is often a better idea.
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Learn, Getting Started
08 Jun 2018

​Bee ID

When you first start beekeeping, you’ll probably be able to ID the queen – but anything beyond that might be a struggle. Bee society is made up of distinctly different types of bee, each with its own role in the hive.
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