Summer is around the corner and though your bees will be busy producing honey, it is important to be aware of what may be a threat to the hives. Nosemosis, also known as Nosema, is a common bee disease mainly caused by a parasite Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis. It has invaded many beehives worldwide,…

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There is recent emergence of young and amateur beekeepers across Australia. In example, did you know that there is a beekeeping club for children? Yes, that’s right there is. Anita Long, previously a hairdresser turned apiarist started the Tasmania Junior Beekeepers that has over 80 members. The club is aimed to inspire the future of…

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queen management techniques prevent swarming spring beekeeping

Queen management techniques to delay and deter swarming. In our second post on preventing spring bee swarms, we look at three queen management techniques. Remember, swarming is natural and all techniques technically only postpone swarming. However, done right, you can postpone until the swarming season has passed. You will need to combine a variety of…

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Reducing congestion in the hive is essential to minimise the risk of swarming.

Reducing congestion in the hive is essential to minimise the risk of swarming.  Responsible beekeeping practices include swarm management and prevention. In some places, it’s also a legal requirement! Approaches to reduce the impulse to swarm fall under two broad categories: Reducing congestion in the hive and queen management techniques. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee…

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What are the Signs a Hive is Going to Swarm? As Perfect Bee notes, a bee swarm is often viewed as counter-productive for the beekeeper when honey is the goal. However, swarming is in fact a sign that the colony is healthy and flourishing. So what are the signs a hive is going to swarm?…

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spring management all about bee swarms beekeeping australia

It’s Swarm Season! It’s a common sight all across Australia as soon as sunny spring weather hits – bee swarms. A buzzing, brown cloud of wayward honey bees moving en masse, clinging to each other. Then they settle on whatever temporary foothold they can find while the scout bees search for a new home. Beekeeping…

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keeping bees beekeeping beginners start here

It’s spring, and you or someone you know may be thinking about keeping bees for the first time. And with swarming season upon us, you may be lucky enough to have some bees drop into your own backyard. These will be in need of a new, permanent home. Some familiarity with the ins and outs…

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Spring Management Australian Beekeeping Honey Bees Hive Management

What is spring management and what does it mean for you and your beehive? Spring has sprung and you – and your bees – are about to get very busy. Good spring management practices are essential. Here’s an overview of what will keep the average beekeeper busy in spring.  Regular Hive Inspections Are Key to…

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European Foul Brood Infected Brood Diagram

Identifying and managing European Foulbrood in a Beehive A European Foulbrood (EFB) infection may show no visible signs at times, however, sudden outbreaks often occur when the honey bee colony is under stress. Identifying European Foulbrood (EFB) Brood combs should be thoroughly examined for EFB at least twice a year, preferably in spring and in…

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European Foulbrood (EFB) is less widespread in Australia than its American counterpart, but it can be a big problem for beekeepers. European Foulbrood is not present here in Western Australia. But our Eastern States counterparts may be all too familiar with this nasty brood disease. Particularly in Victoria and southern New South Wales, a severe…

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Beekeeping Honey Bees Beehive Spring Build-Up

Why beekeepers need to get ready for the spring build-up now Spring is a key season in the annual beekeeping calendar. It’s that time of year when the colony quickly builds numbers, i.e. the spring build-up. It’s also a time of vulnerability. How your beehive fares over the spring will greatly impact your honey crop…

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image for post on intensive beekeeping

A new study in the U.K has looked at the effect that intensive beekeeping practices has on disease rates in honey bees. With bee numbers declining worldwide, honey bee disease rates are of primary concern to both professional and novice beekeepers alike. Commercial scale beekeepers in particular have to strike a tricky balance. Running a…

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Illustrations of Sacbrood Disease in Honeybee Brood

What is Sacbrood Disease? Sacbrood is a viral infection causes by the Sacbrood Virus. The virus itself is common but only causes disease in bees that are genetically susceptible. It is usually seen in the early spring and affects larvae about two days old. The virus multiplies in the body tissues of the larvae as…

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an image of healthy honey bee brood free from Stonebrood or other diseases

A quick look at rare brood disease Stonebrood. Stonebrood is a fungal infection that kills and mummifies bee larvae. Two species of fungus, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus fumigatus, are associated with the disease. Identifying Stonebrood Disease This disease is quite rare and short-lived. However, it is important to know how to distinguish it from Chalkbrood,…

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We’re here for bees and our natural environment. Here at Bee2Bee, we take our social and green stewardship seriously. It is a key part of our strategy. We aim to be adaptive and responsive to these issues so that we can continuously refine our business practices over time. Wherever possible, we try to source local…

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American foulbrood honeycomb drawing Everett Franklin Phillips Public domain

Identifying and managing American Foulbrood is essential to control it’s spread. Last week on The Buzz we took at what American Foulbrood (AFB) is and how it spreads. In part 2 we take a look had how to identify AFB and distinguish it from the many other brood diseases, and what you can do to…

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American Foulbrood picture of scattered brood comb

A dreaded brood disease, American Foulbrood can devastate a hive and is easily spread Brood diseases are numerous and nasty, but one of the nastiest has to be American Foulbrood. Caused by a bacterium that multiplies and spreads via some very tenacious spores, it’s one of the least pleasant surprises a beekeeper can find in…

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Chalkbrood Disease mummies at hive entrance

Chalkbrood is common in Australan beehives despite the good hygiene of Australian bees. How do you identify, treat and manage Chalkbrood Disease? Chalkbrood Disease is more common in the spring when the brood nest is rapidly expanding. A smaller honey bee workforce cannot maintain brood nest temperature. And ‘chilled’ brood is more susceptible to the…

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chalkbrood disease 1

Chalkbrood Disease in Australia Australian beehives are “succumbing to the deadly chalkbrood disease at a faster rate than their overseas counterparts, despite having better hygiene practices”, reported the ABC in March this year. Honey bee nutrition is suspected to be a key aspect, but more research is needed. First, what exactly is Chalkbrood disease? Chalkbrood…

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