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Autumn Management: Worker Bees Kicking Out the Drones

For a beginner, seeing a lot of evicted or even dead bees outside the hives is startling. We’re here to...
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Autumn Management: What to do with Burr Comb

While cleaning out the burr comb is not only for autumn management, it’s actually a regular to-do list for every...
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Autumn Management: The When, Why and How of Feeding Pollen Supplements

It may not be too obvious but feeding sugar syrup or pollen have each of their purposes. Usually, bees are...
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Autumn Management: Feeding Your Bees with Sugar Syrup

Colder months are upon us. Feeding your bees during autumn may not always be necessary, but if you find:  Harvested...
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Autumn Management: Downsizing the Beehive

Autumn is almost here and it is time to make some changes. Before harvesting any honey this time of the...
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The Different Job Titles of a Worker Bee

During a worker bees’ lifetime in the hive, they are appointed to different jobs based on their age. Just as...
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The Role of the Drone

When you are a new beekeeper, it’s a bit confusing what type of bees are there at first, especially differentiating...
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Bee Thieves! Things to Do in the Event of Robbing

In the season of nectar scarcity and drought, you may experience your hive being robbed by other honey bees. To...
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Swarming vs. Absconding: What Do We Need to Know?

Anyone who lost a hive for the first time has this question on the top of their head. The thought...
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Who are the Australian Native Bees?

How much do we really know about our very own native bees? There are at least 1,700 species of Australian...
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Common Australian Beehive Pests and Bee Predators: Who are they?

The natural ecosystem works in a wonderful yet mysterious way. We can only do so much to protect the bees...
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Australian Bushfire Crisis: Impacts and How to Help

The 2019 Australian bushfires have been burning since October 2019. It has been reported that in NSW alone, almost 5...
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Nosemosis: What To Look Out For

Summer is around the corner and though your bees will be busy producing honey, it is important to be aware...
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Swarm Prevention 2: Queen Management

Queen management techniques to delay and deter swarming. In our second post on preventing spring bee swarms, we look at...
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Keeping Up With Australia’s Beekeeping Industry

There is recent emergence of young and amateur beekeepers across Australia. In example, did you know that there is a...
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Swarm Prevention 1: Reducing Congestion in the Hive

Reducing congestion in the hive is essential to minimise the risk of swarming.  Responsible beekeeping practices include swarm management and...
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Spring Management Practices for Australian Beekeepers: An Overview

What is spring management and what does it mean for you and your beehive? Spring has sprung and you -...
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Spring Beekeeping: Signs a Hive is Going to Swarm

What are the Signs a Hive is Going to Swarm? As Perfect Bee notes, a bee swarm is often viewed...
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Spring Beekeeping: All About Bee Swarms

It's Swarm Season! It’s a common sight all across Australia as soon as sunny spring weather hits - bee swarms....
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Preparing Your Honey Bee Hive for Over-Wintering in Australia

The essentials of preparing your honey bee colony for the over-wintering in Australia. Do bees hibernate in Australia? According to...
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Honey Stores Part 1: How Much do Bees Need for Winter in Australia?

Today on The Buzz, we take a closer look at the amount of honey stores you should leave in your...
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Honey Stores Part 2: How Climate and Colony Size Affects Hive Needs

Last week we provided a general guide on how much honey stores you should leave for winter. We always advise...
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Chalkbrood Disease 1: What is it and how is it spread?

Chalkbrood Disease in Australia Australian beehives are "succumbing to the deadly chalkbrood disease at a faster rate than their overseas...
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Chalkbrood Disease 2: Identification and Management

Chalkbrood is common in Australan beehives despite the good hygiene of Australian bees. How do you identify, treat and manage...
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American Foulbrood 1: What is it and How is it Spread?

A dreaded brood disease, American Foulbrood can devastate a hive and is easily spread Brood diseases are numerous and nasty,...
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American Foulbrood 2: Identification and Management

Identifying and managing American Foulbrood is essential to control it's spread. Last week on The Buzz we took at what...
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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...
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Uncommon Brood Diseases 1: Stonebrood

A quick look at rare brood disease Stonebrood. Stonebrood is a fungal infection that kills and mummifies bee larvae. Two...
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Uncommon Brood Diseases 2: Sacbrood Disease

What is Sacbrood Disease? Sacbrood is a viral infection causes by the Sacbrood Virus. The virus itself is common but...
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British Research Shows Intensive Beekeeping Doesn’t Increase Disease

A new study in the U.K has looked at the effect that intensive beekeeping practices has on disease rates in...