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Bees - native and honey


Bees - native and honey

Until I sold my home and garden recently, I owned two native bee hives of Tetragonula carbonaria and a top bar honey bee hive.

While I'm am so far from expert at bee keeping it's not funny I do love to learn more about bees and the benefits they provide us.

When I was a child at primary school we had our own honey-bee hive and the local bee keeper would come by regularly and we would all gather around while he showed us how to look after them and gather the honey.

We have members on BLF who are very into bees, both native and honey and I hope they will share their knowledge here. I got a little frustrated trying to find past postings so thought one spot for it all would be better.

I find a lot of articles about bees and will post them here, nice and tidy in one spot, making them easier to find.


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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 15, 2013 at 20:31

That is just so wonderful Lissa!  I'm dead jealous.  Well, not really because now when I get going, you can teach me what to do!

Comment by Lissa on September 15, 2013 at 19:24

As of today am the proud owner of one of Paul's beautiful top bar beehives :)

Will post some pics once the hive settles down.

Comment by Susanne on August 23, 2013 at 22:17

Thanks Steve for the precis and photos. I'll have to get over to CREEC and have a look.

We all make mistakes as we learn. Last year was the first time I had an opportunity to extract honey from one of my native bee hives, I'd put a honey super box on a couple of years before.

I was splitting two hives and as it was only the second time I'd attempted it I had invited a very well informed native bee person over to assist me... but.... they had never extracted honey.  Neither of us knew that you only drained the honey for a while then put the box back for the bees to tidy up. We left the honey box draining and stuck a new box on.

I tried everything I could think of and was distressed for days as I just couldn't get the bees from the honey box to go back to what I thought was their home, the queen and brood were there weren't they?.... but I couldn't get them to move.

A month or so later when I was speaking with another native bee keeper I was told that their job was to look after the pantry and their home was in the pantry which in our ignorance we'd not returned to its place in the hive.

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 20:47

That link worked fine :)

Tim is a good bloke. But there are other gentler ways of going about hive splitting that don't kill so many of the hives bees. Have a look at Bob Luttrells site Bob the Beeman.

Comment by Stevo on August 23, 2013 at 20:40

Cheers Lissa, i didn't realise the link didn't work, here it is again...

Funny that you mention that Tim may be a bit gung-ho? Even he mentioned it during his talk, he taked about other native bee people being pretty , sensitive? or carefull ? about how you go about splitting hives or getting honey. I thought he was ok with what he did. I agree there's different levels of how you go about things.

native bee workshop

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 20:01

Stevo - should have mentioned the "LINK" tool in the comment box top left. Click and add your link in the box that comes up. Let me know if you have any problems.

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 19:59

Hi Stevo.

Your links to the slideshow don't work unfortunately. Can you try again please?

I've been to a couple of these workshops run by Tim. They are very informative aren't they. Some other beekeepers think he's a bit gung-ho with killing bees during the process he uses though. Still, much to learn from his talk.

Comment by Stevo on August 23, 2013 at 18:49

hiyas. Sorry if this has been posted previously?

I recently went along to the native bee workshop at CREEC Burpengary. This was run by Tim Heard. It was very informative. We started off with an hour or so in the education centre looking at slides and listening to Tim talk. Then we went for a walk to find the first hive, and Tim split the hive ( at the fire tower in the photos). Here was another short session with the slides again and then off to find the second hive in the bush. Tim split that one aswell talking about different things for each hive. The last hive he removed just the top, used the nail board to pearce the honey cells, turned it upside down and the honey flowed out in to the container. Another short slide session and then it they served the honey on icecream.

A very interesting and entertaining day. I talked to quite a few people durig the day, most of them seemed normal.

I only had my phone but the photos show what's going on, i just left the whole lot in there and make a slideshow gallery, here:

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 6:32

You need to get yourself a look at Paul's hives Andy, they will blow your brain they're so beautiful and functional.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 22, 2013 at 19:07

You guessed it - bee keeping is on my list as well!


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