Spring Woes for beekeepers - 29th Aug 2013

Spring Woes for beekeepers Well, We've all been lulled into an easy Spring. The weather has been fairly kind to us. Gardens are blooming, the temperatures have been good, Overnight temperatures also good. However, and it's often the case, we find a late chilly spell.
It's not good for farmers and certainly not good for us beekeepers.
At this time we expect our hives to start increasing in numbers. The Queens are laying and suddenly a colony has eggs, larvae and pupae to keep warm and fed.
Once a colony has brood it is essential the temperature in a hive is maintained at around 33 degrees up from the overwintering temperature of around 25 celcius. This uses up much more stored food. On top of this, feeding young consumes much energy and food reserves. It can be a fatal increase. Should bad weather occur or if insufficient honey has been stored a colony can starve.
At least the forcast is once again looking up. Lets all hope so for the bees.

Rentahive Visits Mitre 10 Mega In Dunedin to demonstrate a live beehive - 24th Aug 2013

Rentahive Visits Mitre 10 Mega In Dunedin to demonstrate a live beehive This weekend Rentahive joined up with Mitre 10 Mega in the garden department.
Our special hive has large viewing windows showing off three levels of bees going about their business.
It was great to see kids and adults come along with so many questions. It was a very busy weekend. Thanks to all those that came to see us.

Rentahive in the ODT - 29th Apr 2013

Rentahive has had a lovely article published by the ODT. We were interviewed by Sally Rae of the ODT. Photos by Stephen Jaquiery. 29th April 2013.

Rentahive receives Star publicity - 22nd Feb 2013

Rentahive was interviewed this week by the Star Newspaper of Dunedin.
We offered Dan Hutchinson, the Star Reporter a chance to don a beekeeping suit and see the insides of a beehive.
The Star article disusses the ongoing plight of Honey bees in New Zealand. It also reported comment From Mr Frans Laas of Betta Bees in relation to Varroa Mite and the local situation.

The following link will take you to the full article complete with pictures by Dan Hutchinson. You will find this article on page 14 and 15.

A Ripe time of year for bee colonies - 7th Jan 2013

A Ripe time of year for bee colonies

You certainly would'nt say this summer has been a settled predictable one. We have had hot dry days, thunderstorms, wind and this week cool evenings. All this does not encourage bees out and about.
Today I was inspecting many of our hives and was aware how little flying and foraging was going on despite being a reasonable day. Cool wind does not suit bees. They will tend to stay in. At least the 24 hour a day ripening of nectar keeps on going.

Ripening is the name given to the process where bees reduce the water content of nectar from around 80% down to approx 17%. When the nectar has been reduced to this level it is refered to as honey. It becomes storable for very long periods.

The actual process of ripening is carried out by thousands of bees passing nectar in and out of their mouths on their long tongues. The repeated exposure of the nectar to air evaporates off the water.

This ripening generates a lot of undesirable moisture. A well looked after hive has suitable ventilation to enable the moisture to escape the hive.

Has the summer nectar flow begun..... - 17th Dec 2012

Has the summer nectar flow begun.....

Beekeepers everywhere have had a long wait this year. The weather has been very up and down. One day it's warm, the next cold. The poor bees don't know what to plan for.
When the weather is reasonably consistant in spring, the colony expands in numbers so that when the summer nectar flow begins they have enough foraging bees to bring in the stores.
Most beekeepers this year have had to prop up many colonies by supplying sugar syrup so that their hives didn't starve. It comes as a suprise to most people that a colony of bees can starve in Spring when there are many flowers available.
Well managed bee colonies should arrive at mid December with good stored honey in their hive. They are then good to go.

Rentahive delivers new Yellow coloured beehive - 11th Dec 2012

This week Rentahive delivered the first of our new bright Yellow coloured beehives. The bright colours make a bold statement in a landscape. Our clients now have a range of bright colours to choose from.
Annika and Dave opted for the yellow brood box. The additional beehive componants are also available in a range of colours.

A few days after delivery our clients can put on a suit and get their first opportunity to see inside their Rentahive beehive.
We carry suits for all the family.

Rentahive new colours - 8th Dec 2012

Rentahive new colours We are adding more Rentahive colours to our prepainted range. We now provide a very rich blue, bright yellow and red.
These colours don't seek to blend in. They are bold design statements in your garden. A talking point and will produce you wonderful honey. Don't forget, if you seek a specific colour then we can do that too.

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