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.
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.
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.
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.
Honey bee anatomy
We all know bees are insects with six legs and wings, but many of us only have a fuzzy idea of bee anatomy beyond that. Knowing how your bees’ bodies help them perform their tasks in the hive helps you know what to look for when you observe them.
Here’s our basic guide to bee anatomy.
How to get kids involved in beekeeping
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Common beekeeping mistakes
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Selling your honey
Everyone knows that bees make honey, but beginner beekeepers are often surprised by exactly how much they produce.
Beekeeping in the city
You don’t need a huge property to become a beekeeper. In fact, urban hives are becoming more and more common in New Zealand...