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  Topic: Bumble
Ollie

Replies: 5
Views: 774

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:25 am   Subject: Bumble
Came home after a meal out last night and our cordaline ( think that's how you spell it) palm has 3 huge bunches of lowers on it. It was about 10.30 and the bumbles where working hard alongside the ...
  Topic: Cupboard love?
Ollie

Replies: 4
Views: 730

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:55 am   Subject: Cupboard love?
Hi

I was looking and thought this has to be a joke.. but no.

Is this a swarm you caught Andyc

Ollie
  Topic: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
Ollie

Replies: 4
Views: 789

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:35 pm   Subject: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
YOU DIDN'T SING! Sad

Always love your videos Pat keep 'em coming!

Anyways bye Ollie... Smile
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Ollie

Replies: 13
Views: 2713

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:08 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Phil.

The reason this site is soo successful is down to ALL the site admin staff who give their expert advice and help when called for, without them It just wouldn't be the same.

So on behalf o ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Ollie

Replies: 13
Views: 2713

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:28 am   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Phil,

PLEASE keep the forum going. This is by far the best site and I check in 6 out of 7 to see and read whats going on. As a newbee I have gained a lot of valuable information and advice which I ...
  Topic: Several short recent cut-out and swarm videos
Ollie

Replies: 2
Views: 720

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:10 am   Subject: Several short recent cut-out and swarm videos
Keep 'em coming Pat.. always interested in your videos.

Ollie
  Topic: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
Ollie

Replies: 9
Views: 3141

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:10 pm   Subject: Voice Controlled Beekeeping Inspection App in Beta
Hi Andyc

That app has finished. It was only on a trial period. Just tried it myself.

Ollie
  Topic: Honey in frames; bees dead!
Ollie

Replies: 5
Views: 1590

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:04 pm   Subject: Honey in frames; bees dead!
Thanks for that. I really wouldn't open any of mine and similar to yourself I haven't opened mine since late august early sept. Not really expecting to open until April unless march warms up....
Weve ...
  Topic: Honey in frames; bees dead!
Ollie

Replies: 5
Views: 1590

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:36 pm   Subject: Honey in frames; bees dead!
Hi Catchercradle.

Would it not be too cold to open a hive this time of year even for a minute or soo? The temps here have been bitter cold though drier than last year. I haven't seen my bees out mu ...
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Ollie

Replies: 5
Views: 1703

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:10 pm   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Interestingly enough I bought my second hive beginning of last year and that hive is 'smothered ' in propolis . All the sides and even the frames. Its always been difficult to get into as everything i ...
  Topic: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Ollie

Replies: 7
Views: 1922

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Hi Brian

This isn't going to be much good as I'm only a new bee myself. However a couple thoughts...

1 Was the hive facing the prevailing wind , if so change the direction, if you can't then per ...
  Topic: Apple juice in syrup?
Ollie

Replies: 7
Views: 4880

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:38 am   Subject: Apple juice in syrup?
Hi
Hope this isn't a silly question but would that mixture not ferment? The yeast in the cider plus syrup?

If not what is it used for?

Ollie
  Topic: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
Ollie

Replies: 5
Views: 3345

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:07 pm   Subject: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
Hi I put a strip of wood across the entrance on my nationals leaving a gap of about 2 inches on one side. I have attached 1 cm square mesh over the rest of the 2 inch gap and the bees seem to be happ ...
  Topic: Now it's Butterflies
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 1838

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:42 am   Subject: Now it's Butterflies
Did anyone see the programme on BBC4 last night on the Painted Lady ? They say its 70% down in numbers but still doing ok. They were here this summer in my garden.
  Topic: Now it's Butterflies
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 1838

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:36 pm   Subject: Now it's Butterflies
Seen very few butterflies here this summer though quite a few caterpillars, some on nettle bed I keep for wildlife, some on blackcurrants and redcurrants kept for black birds and some on a rose. the r ...
  Topic: The Plight of the Bumble Bee
Ollie

Replies: 1
Views: 1348

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:29 am   Subject: The Plight of the Bumble Bee
To me it means the bumble is in need of help. Quite a good way to convey the fact. I take it , it is a real one, if so could do with photographing and enlarging.

Good spot.
  Topic: My poor bees!
Ollie

Replies: 4
Views: 2173

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:44 am   Subject: My poor bees!
Hi and welcome.

Really sounds like the bees came too soon but expect you realise that. Always best to be fully prepared with equipment before you start a job. I don't have trouble with ants in Irel ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Ollie

Replies: 46
Views: 12364

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:37 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
if that's the actual nest.... its huge, lets hope they got them all but its soo big I doubt they will have... if anything like wasps ive already seen a few new queen wasps flying about here......

s ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Ollie

Replies: 46
Views: 12364

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:45 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Hi Not heard of that spray before but the spray for fleas is FRONTLINE. Not sure it would work but would it be worth the chance.

Thank goodness no reports here in Ireland .... YET but they will com ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Ollie

Replies: 46
Views: 12364

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:05 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Thanks Bridget. Ill get on to making a few ...'just in case they cross the channel'.
I did look on bee base but didn't see the link.

Thanks again

Ollie
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
Ollie

Replies: 46
Views: 12364

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:36 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Hi Bridget.

Have you a link to the page for the traps? I want to be prepared even though I'm in Ireland.

Thanks

Ollie
  Topic: Removing bees from water meter in Florida
Ollie

Replies: 1
Views: 1527

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:08 pm   Subject: Removing bees from water meter in Florida
Gosh... the amount of bees you retrieve , you must be constantly building new hives/ nuc's . I was lucky last week when I went into my charity shop to find 2 bee hives.. nationals, complete with frame ...
  Topic: (VIDEO) Removal from old house in Rome, GA
Ollie

Replies: 2
Views: 1841

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:25 pm   Subject: (VIDEO) Removal from old house in Rome, GA
Hi Pat

Always fascinating watching your removals. Great photography too. Its amazing how many removals you do. Wish I was in a position to do the same here but few hives about. Pleased to say I'm g ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Ollie

Replies: 10
Views: 4174

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:01 pm   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
OH Barbara.... HOW very much I agree with you.. Not bee related but sometimes have to travel on the train..... no one talks, they've all got plugs in their ears, mobile phones music tablets, Also I ha ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Ollie

Replies: 10
Views: 4174

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:38 am   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Get his book. Highly recommended! Its a mindfield of information and in black and white so you can refer to it anytime. Everything is made simple.[/u]
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Ollie

Replies: 10
Views: 4174

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:26 am   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
I .... at last... did inspections on my 5 hives yesterday. Weve had very cool wet weather here in west of Ireland, yesterday it at last got up to 18c with that bright thing called a 'sun'!. Before I w ...
  Topic: Queenless Hive!!
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 1866

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:23 am   Subject: Queenless Hive!!
I can imagine how you feel. Queens seem to run and hide and with a large number of bees, you just cant always see her. At least the hive will be able to raise another queen and all being well in good ...
  Topic: Straight outta the trailer and into a top bar hive
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 2252

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:49 am   Subject: Straight outta the trailer and into a top bar hive
Hi pat

All your videos are interesting soo keep 'em' coming.

Yes I had some honey back at the beginning of the year but wont touch them now till next spring. I like them to have plenty of stores ...
  Topic: Straight outta the trailer and into a top bar hive
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 2252

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:29 am   Subject: Straight outta the trailer and into a top bar hive
Hi Pat

Great video as always. Amazing how those bees built such straight comb in a place where they weren't wanted. When you put them in a hive they decide to build lovely curved comb, perhaps they ...
  Topic: endoscope
Ollie

Replies: 3
Views: 2090

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:08 pm   Subject: endoscope
I got one off wish . com, cheap but works well enough for what I wanted it for, looking inside the hive. Only trouble is you cant move the camera, you just have to feed it in and hope for the best by ...
 
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