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NZBF Full of bees, next steps? (Double brood box?)

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They need varroa treatments now.

Contact your local bee club.

 

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7 minutes ago, Stef said:

Hi... I have a beehive... 2 brood boxes. They are full to the brim with bees... 

I am a newbie to this... didnt realise what the hive needed.

The hive has been sitting unattended since November due to us having aquired it at short notice and not having ang gear or knowhow.

We now have a suit etc... so can get to work...

As it is March now.. I am thinking it is too late to split or add a honey box.. can someone please advise me what is the best plan of action to winter them over?

Register as a beekeeper and register your apiary. Get an experienced beekeeper to disease check and ascertain food store for your hive. Correct food store shortage if required.  Buy an appropriate varroa miticide. 
cross fingers and toes for spring and purchase additional equipment, boxes and frames etc.

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6 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

They need varroa treatments now.

Contact your local bee club.

 

Tx... yes am planning on joining our local club

.. but they only meet once a month... and are not in April.

I'll buy the verroa treatment.

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@Stef

You could stop in at the local library- or buy online the book

'Practical beekeeping in New Zealand" by Andrew Matheson & Murray Reid

ISBN 978-1-877568-52-7

It is the basis of many beginner beekeeping courses and in fact goes beyond just beginner.

It would be a very good idea to have the hive checked for disease as soon as possible, and I would suggest contacting the club to see if anyone could come and assist you prior to the meeting.

https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/learn/resources. For a quick guide, try here (and they sell the book too, along with the essential  yellow and green guides to varroa  and AFB )

 

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12 hours ago, Stef said:

Tx... yes am planning on joining our local club

.. but they only meet once a month... and are not in April.

I'll buy the verroa treatment.

wonder if it's worth giving someone from the club a call and explaining the situation. They might be able to mail members saying something like "anyone free to go take a look through this hive" - an experienced set of eyes could be worth (far more than) its weight in bees and honey.

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