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Beekeeping for Beginners: Start Here Before Keeping Bees

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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 Practices for Australian Beekeepers: An Overview

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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 Foulbrood 2: Identification and Management

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 1: What is it and How is it Spread?

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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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6 Essential Beekeeping Steps to Prepare for Spring Build-Up

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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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British Research Shows Intensive Beekeeping Doesn’t Increase Disease

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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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Uncommon Brood Diseases 2: Sacbrood Disease

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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Uncommon Brood Diseases 1: Stonebrood

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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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Bee2Bee Beekeeping Supplies Green Statement

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 2: Identification and Management

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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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