Thank you for a great year

Thank you all

2019 has been an great year for us at 8 Frame Honey and we would like to thank our customers for all of your support!

While the honey flow was non existent for us, bushfires raged just over the mountain, 3 of our hives took tumbles during extreme wind conditions and the drought failed to break there were many positive in our year. Some of our highlights include:

  • relocating to a new premises
  • over-wintering all except a single colony
  • building an all new room dedicated to our courses
  • expanding our apiary
  • conducting the most courses in a single season to date
  • mentoring some wonderful new beekeepers throughout Canberra and New South Wales

Change

We have conducted our annual business snapshot and reflection. 2020 will bring a few changes to 8 Frame Honey. Some of these will be trivial (moving to one blog every 2 months) and some will be much more noticeable (refreshing our website and updating our product list).

Our most exciting change (to do with AZ hives) will be announced between the end of January and mid February. Stay tuned to our Instagram account (#8framehoney) to hear about it first!

We look forward to 2020 and wish everyone a wonderful year ahead!

Bee harvesting pollen from a lemon flower

Thanks for reading, enjoy your journey!

Bee swarms

We are offering free swarm collections in Bungendore and surrounding areas for the 2019/20 bee season.

What are they and why do they occur

Almost everyone has seen a single bee hanging out on a flower, gathering nectar or pollen. But have you ever seen a swarm of bees? Swarms are an amazing sight and this blog will explain what they are and why they occur.

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Check your hives regularly!

Today’s article is a timely reminder to check your hives regularly – even when it’s over 35 degrees Celsius outside for 4 weeks in a row. Stick to your calendar of when to check and find a way to get it done or your procrastinating and the bees could make life hard.

Unfortunately I work my hives alone more often than not. As such, I have no photos of this experience but for any beekeeper out there, I’m sure you can imagine the kind of sticky situation I got myself into.

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Drought and bees

Eastern Australia is experiencing another drought. Droughts are normal and are becoming more frequent. This drought is one of the worst in several decades. 100% of New South Wales has been declared in a drought. Many farmers struggle through droughts, doing whatever it takes to survive until the rains come. Lots of awareness is raised about livestock and produce farmers. The obvious farmers running sheep, cattle, grain and vegetable farms. These make news headlines because farms that were once green pastures are now brown dustbowls. Such images invoke emotion and sell news. Beekeepers are farmers too. Beekeepers raise bees to produce food (honey), bees (for pollination and to sell to hobby beekeepers) and to sell the raw materials bees produce (wax and propolis). We are also hard hit by droughts. This article looks at how the drought affects beekeepers.

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