HIVE MAINTENANCE and SWARMS
Honeyworks is fully commited to bio-security and hive hygiene. Hives are checked regularly to assist the bees with keeping their hives clean and disease free. All precautions are taken to minimise disease, predators and parasites.
We have both timber and plastic hive boxes.
We have a good working relationship with fellow beekeepers and meet weekly in several apiaries in the region and assist each other with workloads.
As with most apiarists we continue with hive research to assist the bees in apiary expansion, honey production and pollination.
New beekeepers are welcome to contact us for advice and assistance with hive maintenence.
Hive and Swarm Removal
Honeyworks is available 24/ 7 to assist with hive removal and swarm management. Unwanted hives and bees are thoughly checked for disease before movement. Relocation is generally welcomed into one of the many apiaries available in the area and fellow beekeepers join forces at times to assist and pass on experience in hive relocation. If there are any signs of disease or infestations in a hive, the hive is destroyed in accordance with existing, industry-accepted bio-security practices.
We encourage people to protect bees and save where possible, but also understand that not all hives or swarms can be recovered and must be destroyed.
Starter Hives and Expansion
Honeyworks apiary expansion is undertaken using two methods. First is the HIVE SPLITTING method where a brood frame is removed from a hive - along with bees - and placed into a nucleus box. After 24 hours a purchased queen is introduced and the bees take over, to produce a new hive with the introduced queen..
The second method is the SUPERSEDURE procedure where several frames of eggs, brood and bees are removed from a strong hive and placed in the nucleus box. The bees realize that they do not have a queen and proceed to produce their own.
Of late we have been very successful with the supersedure method, enabling us to provide fellow beekeeper association members and newcomers with nucleus (starter) hives on request.