As I was scrolling through a beekeeper Facebook group, I came across a person who talked about ‘tanging’ bees. I was like, “what is tanging?” I have never heard of that term before.  As usual, you would Google something you are unaware of. Interestingly, not a lot of Australian beekeepers have talked about it and…

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If you’ve just jumped in the honey bandwagon, you might have heard about mead. Mead or “honey wine” is an alcoholic beverage derived from fermenting honey. It has been around for over 4,000 years and is consumed in Asian, European and African countries.  Mead is known for its benefits and its taste. Its alcohol content…

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Our beginning of spring here in Perth wasn’t actually your typical spring. It was rainy and gloomy, unlike anybody else’s sunny and flowery start to the season. With spring comes swarms of bees, and instead of capturing them manually, you can actually lure them into a box by using swarm lures.  Where do I get…

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One of the most common questions we get asked from beginners is: “when is the best time to start beekeeping?” We always say the same answer, spring! But why? The arrival of spring consists of the abundance of resources for bees. As the season gets warmer, the bees are able to forage for longer periods…

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Weed management is a tough job especially for the agriculture sector. It is complex, controversial and an expensive problem in a lot of ways.  As we have seen, preserving soil fertility requires the need to reduce the use of herbicides. We have become dependent on these chemicals to make our lives easier. However, we’ve seen…

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The best indication that your swarm has been successful is when it’s expanded into a full sized colony. From a NUC beehive to a full hive, it’s a lot for the bees! Once the population has increased, you would be required to transfer your bees from a NUC to a full sized hive.  What is…

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Recent reports has shown that NZ Manuka honey is contaminated with glyphosate. That means anyone that consumed NZ’s Manuka honey has the chemical in their system. That doesn’t sound good, no? What is glyphosate and why the debate around it? Let’s discuss. What is Glyphosate?  According to Food Standards AUNZ (FSANZ)(2019), glyphosate is used to…

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Did you know that there are three different types of beehive used around the world? If you are having trouble choosing which type of beehive is the best for you, here’s some of the pros and cons of each one.  Langstroth Beehive  This type of beehive was designed by Lorenzo Langstroth during the 1850’s and…

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Many beginners struggle to decide whether to begin beekeeping with a queen excluder installed. This blog post will show you the pros and cons to help you decide if you need one in your beehives! What is a Queen Excluder? A queen excluder is made up of either plastic or stainless steel, designed to prevent…

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When spring arrives, you’ll see a lot of swarms around. To capture a swarm of bees is one of the best parts of beekeeping and an easy way of acquiring yourself a colony! Whether it’s your first time or not, capturing a swarm of bees will leave you excited with an ongoing learning journey about…

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Once spring arrives, you’ll see your beehive boom. There will be a massive increase in population, increase in honey stores and pollen stores. Because of this boom, many beekeepers go towards splitting a beehive. Splitting a beehive is very common during spring and summer. Good reasons to splitting a beehive: The main reason that beekeepers…

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If you would like to start beekeeping, spring is the best time to do so! The beehive becomes the busiest when the weather starts to become warmer. Here are some things that you can expect to see in your beehive during spring.  Increase in Queen Egg Laying During winter, the queen bee halts in laying…

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Last 23rd of June, we had the pleasure to have a beekeeping chat with Peter Barr. He is the host of the Focus segment from 720 AM ABC Perth Radio. The segment focused on honey bees and the sudden rise of backyard beekeeping amongst suburban areas, especially in Perth.  Our resident beekeeper, Dwayne, has gladly…

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Traditional beekeeping has been a practice for years. The native land owners have been harvesting honey from the bush over the years. For some, beekeeping is part of a tradition and collecting honey has been part of a routine for many generations.  Sugarbag Honey Indigenous Australians used to collect honey from the native stingless bees…

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The rise of urban beekeeping has called the attention of many global brands, including IKEA. The global movement “Save the Bees” has definitely sparked a conversation on the importance of bees and pollination.  With that said, urban beekeeping became a trend in Australia amongst the young generations. As such, IKEA in Australia joined in the…

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There is another threat to the bee populations that we do not know much about. Many countries have shown efforts on monitoring bee populations since the first reports of Colony Collapse Disorder emerged. The status of the bee’s lives is still close to endangerment. The US alone has seen a loss of 23% on their…

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Winter for beekeepers is one of the most crucial seasons, it’s either you make it or break it for the bloom of spring! As the climate continues to drop, you’ll see a decline in bee activity from the outside. Bee’s thrive in warmer climates, that is why they are at their busiest during summer. This…

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Now that you have closed off your beehives, what’s next? It’s time to start preparing for the next season of course! In the next 3 months, when winter fully succumbs and it’s cold as ice, it is not recommended for you to open your beehive. Make sure you are only doing so for good reasons. …

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You’ve probably heard of the advice – inspect your beehives regularly to maintain a strong colony. While that is true, there are many things to look out for before proceeding to inspecting your beehive! Here are some of them.  Weather This is an important factor to consider before inspecting your beehive. Only open the hive…

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Relocating beehives can be one of the most unenjoyable activities in beekeeping. Most hobbyists don’t need to do this essentially, however, there are just some cases when it’s the only option. Us beekeepers follow a rule when we’re relocating beehives. It may sound simple, but it can turn your colony upside down if you don’t…

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