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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...
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6 Beekeeping Steps to Prepare for Spring Build-Up

Why beekeepers need to get ready for the spring build-up now Spring is a key season in the annual beekeeping...
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European Foulbrood 2: Identification and Management

Identifying and managing European Foulbrood in a Beehive A European Foulbrood (EFB) infection may show no visible signs at times,...
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European Foulbrood 1: What is it and How is it Spread?

European Foulbrood (EFB) is less widespread in Australia than its American counterpart, but it can be a big problem for...
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Beekeeping for Beginners: Start Here Before Keeping Bees

It’s spring, and you or someone you know may be thinking about keeping bees for the first time. And with...
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Beekeeping for Beginners: What Does it Take to be a Beekeeper?

Want to be a beekeeper? Learn about the needs and responsibility of a-well managed beehive first. Yesterday we addressed the...
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Feeding Honey Bees 3: Pollen Supplements and Substitutes

A perfect bee pollen substitute that works for every colony doesn't yet exist. But there are pollen supplements and substitute...
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All About 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...
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Bee Friendly Solar Farms Part 2: US Solar Apiary Model Takes Off

In our last post, we looked at the practice of planting pollinator friendly plants, aka creating  “bee meadows,” on solar...
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Bee Friendly Solar Farms Part 1: From turf and gravel to bee meadows

Initiatives in the UK and USA are transforming solar farms into pollinator friendly bee meadows. An environmental conscience has inspired...
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Beekeeping for Beginners: Where do You Get Training and Support?

Where can the beginner beekeeper get the skills training they need? Just getting started in beekeeping and don’t know where...