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  Topic: natural beekeeping network ireland

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:30 pm   Subject: natural beekeeping network ireland
Ireland is famous for having lots of pure Amm (Black Bee) enthusiasts, which overlaps natural beekeeping principles, so you will probably get a lot of interest. The trick will be, though, not just bui ...
  Topic: Is my swarms queen less

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:23 am   Subject: Is my swarms queen less
It is unlikely BOTH are queenless - but if they are in close proximity maybe there is some other common environmental factor. Coykd the buzz be the hum of processing nectar into honey? Do you have a l ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:59 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Flea sprays are often neonics, you don't want to use them anywhere near your hives. I have used Frontline and similar products on my cats but heard recently their urine is absorbed by plants and reapp ...
  Topic: Bayer is buying Monsanto

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:38 pm   Subject: Bayer is buying Monsanto
Subject line says it all really.

The deal has not been approved by regulators yet but it looks likely it will happen.
  Topic: Worker size

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:41 pm   Subject: Worker size
Foundation irrelevant. CosmicWillow's profile / messages show they use TBH's so thus using natural comb.

Natural comb cell size is arguably smaller than most foundation's so, yes, the bees don't gr ...
  Topic: Ants

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:32 pm   Subject: Ants
It sounds like your hive is above or very near an ants nest. Dig around with a trowel, once you find it kill it.

Don't use an insecticide or other poison! Boiling water probably best (unless this s ...
  Topic: advice for saving queenless hives

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:14 am   Subject: Re: advice for saving queenless hives
would it be possible to take some brood comb with fresh eggs and place in these hives and get them to build queen cells?

Yes, but make sure to shake off the bees n the comb you take BEFORE putting ...
  Topic: British Black Bee project

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PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:21 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
That's good to know Cool
  Topic: British Black Bee project

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PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:46 pm   Subject: Re: British Black Bee project
This is very exciting.

I am worried about 2 things -

1. Will these bees be wiped out by acarine mite (Isle of Wight disease)? As I understand it, this tiny mite lurks in the bees' tracheal breat ...
  Topic: Natural other-stuff...

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:51 pm   Subject: Natural other-stuff...
I was talking to a random stranger the other day explaining about the differences between natural and conventional beekeeping.

"That's interesting" they remarked: "There is a similar ...
  Topic: Oxfordshire Natural Beekeeping Group

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:56 am   Subject: Oxfordshire Natural Beekeeping Group
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  Topic: Myriads of bees

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:37 pm   Subject: Myriads of bees
I was just musing on the word "myriad" and remembered one definition of it is, ten thousand.

So it's a semi useful kind of unit to describe a hive population.

I like these characterful ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:51 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, Beeblebrox. Not too late since I'm sure we'll have heat issues again at some stage here!

The reinforcement idea is an interesting one, will look into that. I also think the Warre hives ...
  Topic: Unusually nasty sting reaction

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:39 am   Subject: Re: Unusually nasty sting reaction
See your doctor who can refer you to a specialist.

My wife began getting worse reactions to stings and eventually I had one too. Saw doctor. Referred to allergy clinic. They did a skin-scrape test ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:23 am   Subject: Comb collapse in heat

We will work on extreme heat preparations
On the bright side, our strongest hive has been fine, hardly any bearding and no signs any comb giving out. It would help that all the com ...
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