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We have been keeping bees for about 10 years now. We have between 1 and four hives at any one time, depending on natural losses. When we lose hives, we start again using the same boxes, but with a mail order queen bee and some workers and brood from other hives.

The photos below show some of the activity. Robbing the hives, taking the caps off the cells with a hot electric knife and extracting the honey using our centrifugal home made honey extractor. Its lots of fun and we try to make it a social occasion. The honey is from the local trees which are Ironbark and Spotted Gum. This makes for a very good tasting honey.

The smaller hive with the very different structure is from Australian native stingless bees. Great for pollination, but the honey is not very good.