over-wintering honey bees

The essentials of preparing your honey bee colony for the over-wintering in Australia. Do bees hibernate in Australia? According to the Australian Beekeeping Guide, honey bees don’t actually hibernate in winter. Instead, they form a winter cluster by huddling together to conserve heat. Colonies are often broodless during winter. In warmer locations, a small amount…

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Beehive Smokers and Honey Bees

Answers to common questions about using beehive smokers with honey bees. Why do beekeepers smoke bees? Beekeepers have always used smoke when handling the hive – there are even illustrations of the practice from ancient Egypt! Smoke is known to ‘calm’ or ‘soothe’ bees. Therefore using a beehive smoker makes hive maintenance easier and safer…

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beginner beekeeping training support

Where can the beginner beekeeper get the skills training they need? Just getting started in beekeeping and don’t know where to get the training and support you need? Or perhaps you are just overwhelmed by the breadth of information out there. Here are some tips for finding the help and information you need. You don’t…

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Bee bread will be made from this colourful bee pollen packed into comb through a process of fermentation

What is Bee Bread? For anyone new to beekeeping, hearing that bees make ‘bread’ may conjure some amusing images. Can you think of anything more adorable than honey bees carting around little loaves of bread? Well, obviously that’s not exactly how it works. But one thing ‘bee bread’ has in common with human bread is…

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feeding honey bees pollen sugar syrup

How to know when to feed your honey bees pollen supplements or sugar syrup. Feeding honey bees sugar syrup and/or pollen (or pollen supplements/substitutes) is helpful under several circumstances. These can vary from season to season and location: Pollen or pollen supplements/substitutes can be helpful when: Bees aren’t foraging and/or flight is restricted. E.g. in…

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Honey Bee Industry Council RFA logging

As WA environmentalists are reeling over the rollover of the state’s Regional Forrest Agreement, the Honey Bee Industry Council backs the continuation of the national framework. Yesterday, Premier McGowan renewed WA’s 20-year bilateral Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), signing off the controversial deal with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Environmental groups have been protesting the impending renewal…

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Bee food pollen substitute protein supplement honey bees

A perfect bee pollen substitute that works for every colony doesn’t yet exist. But there are pollen supplements and substitute feeds that can help make up a shortfall. Update: FeedBee nutritious pollen substitute is now available from the Bee2Bee online store! Last week we looked at re-feeding 100% bee pollen to bees. This is our…

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