Have you run a chicken coop? Chickens are funny animals with their quirks and behaviours. Bees are similar; they do things that don’t make sense to us, yet to them, there is a perfectly credible reason.  This hive in our backyard is one of those moments which gets one thinking – why is

In mid-July, I was back in Newcastle’s Varroa exclusion zones supervising the installation of bait hives for the Australian Bee Observation Network (ABON) administered by the Australian National University (ANU). The potential establishment of Varroa in Australia raises the urgency of understa