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  Topic: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
greengage

Replies: 47
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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:35 am   Subject: Himalayan balsam not so bad after all!
Its on our invasive palnt list here in Ireland too.
http://invasivespeciesireland.com/toolkit/invasive-plant-management/terrestrial-plants/himalayan-balsam/
Maybe ill start a discussion amongs beeke ...
  Topic: Membership pending
greengage

Replies: 2
Views: 3115

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:18 pm   Subject: Membership pending
Cheers thanks.
  Topic: Membership pending
greengage

Replies: 2
Views: 3115

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:28 pm   Subject: Membership pending
How come my membership is still pending if I joined the group a couple of months ago
  Topic: Queen cells in supers.
greengage

Replies: 10
Views: 6550

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:39 am   Subject: Queen cells in supers.
Thanks for all the replies very interesting reading.
  Topic: Queen cells in supers.
greengage

Replies: 10
Views: 6550

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:24 pm   Subject: Queen cells in supers.
HI,
yes there were bees in the super and some stores but only one queen cell,
I googled queen cells in supers and Iam not the only person that has seen it which is a relief. Looks like the bees didn ...
  Topic: Queen cells in supers.
greengage

Replies: 10
Views: 6550

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:03 pm   Subject: Queen cells in supers.
All very interesting thanks for the replies, I dont know nor do I have an explanation. i was wondering also after doing a bit more research could either of the following happen, Could one of the worke ...
  Topic: Queen cells in supers.
greengage

Replies: 10
Views: 6550

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:37 am   Subject: Queen cells in supers.
No, The queen was not moved or dropped into a super accidentely, the frames in the super were smaller than the brood box. I saw it when I visited an Apiary and there was queen cells in supers in two h ...
  Topic: Queen cells in supers.
greengage

Replies: 10
Views: 6550

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:57 pm   Subject: Queen cells in supers.
Why would queen cells appear in the super if queen excluder is in place and if they hatched what would happen as the new queen could not access the brood box.
  Topic: Nuc Swarming.
greengage

Replies: 5
Views: 4727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:13 pm   Subject: NUC Swarming.
Looks like we have a problem, It appears that the bees had started to make more queen cells, so we were advised to remove them and the old queen and allow the bees to rear a new queen from recently la ...
  Topic: Nuc Swarming.
greengage

Replies: 5
Views: 4727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:07 am   Subject: Nuc Swarming.
Opened the hive today, All appears well, Queen observed on frames, two playcups observed both empty lots of bees bringing in pollen and good stores available, So everything seems ok, Will check again ...
  Topic: Nuc Swarming.
greengage

Replies: 5
Views: 4727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:39 pm   Subject: Nuc Swarming.
Yes we interspersed new frames in the hive and there was lots of brood uncapped and capped brood also drone cells, we will open the hive again tomorrow and let you know what happens, The weather looks ...
  Topic: Nuc Swarming.
greengage

Replies: 5
Views: 4727

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:19 pm   Subject: Nuc Swarming.
Hi,
Recieved a Nuc last week and left them in Nuc for 3 days, then transfered them to Brood box, On transfering we noticed 2 capped queen cells, but older queen was still on frames, So looks like the ...
  Topic: birds eating bees
greengage

Replies: 6
Views: 4369

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:43 am   Subject: birds eating bees
Thats interesting, A beekeeper i know was telling me about swallows picking off bees returning to his hive, they showed no intrest in picking off bees leaving the hive he thinks they were after necta ...
  Topic: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
greengage

Replies: 3
Views: 4799

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:08 pm   Subject: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
great tks for reply.
  Topic: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
greengage

Replies: 3
Views: 4799

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:43 am   Subject: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
Was someone pullin my leg telling me this or is it true and could it be a problem
  Topic: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
greengage

Replies: 3
Views: 4799

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:40 am   Subject: Toxic honey/ Mad Honey
Anyone ever heard of Toxic honey, produced from Rhododendrons, I think its called Deli Bal, We have Rhododendrons growing nearby should i be concerned and how do other beekeepers deal with it.
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
greengage

Replies: 18
Views: 15255

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:31 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
cheers tks for that, great site loads of info keep up the good work.
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
greengage

Replies: 18
Views: 15255

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:54 am   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
Thats was very interesting reading above,
i have two questions, barbara you mentioned feeding some diluted honey to a bee at the clases i attended they were insistant that this was a no no as they sa ...
  Topic: Verroa mite control
greengage

Replies: 6
Views: 5764

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 2:36 pm   Subject: Verroa mite control
Re varroa: do not some bees remove infected larvae and deposit them at the entrance. I read somewhere you can do a pin test to check if your bees are good house keepers, this is how it works, you get ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
greengage

Replies: 44
Views: 36165

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 2:26 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Is there not some danger you should watch out for setting bait hives.
you should isolate the bees from your own stock, do not feed for a couple of days maybe send some off for testing. i know someon ...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
greengage

Replies: 13
Views: 8987

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:25 pm   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Nice piece of woodwork there
  Topic: Bananas and Bees
greengage

Replies: 12
Views: 9323

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:23 pm   Subject: Bananas and Bees
Great because i asked a number of people and they said yes bananas cause bees to sting.
  Topic: Whats the difference between Cast and a swarm
greengage

Replies: 2
Views: 2706

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:22 pm   Subject: Whats the difference between Cast and a swarm
Tks for that
  Topic: Whats the difference between Cast and a swarm
greengage

Replies: 2
Views: 2706

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:53 am   Subject: Whats the difference between Cast and a swarm
Whats the difference between Cast and a swarm are they not the same?
  Topic: Question for Barbara on entrance
greengage

Replies: 14
Views: 15069

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:38 am   Subject: Question for Barbara on entrance
I have just completed my TBH and have done as Barbara, I have two entrances on each end and one on sloping side near end two are blocked wit corks, I also have a type of poarch inside with entrance in ...
  Topic: Bananas and Bees
greengage

Replies: 12
Views: 9323

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:02 am   Subject: Bananas and Bees
Is it true that if you eat bananas and approach the hive the bees will pick up a scent and attack you or is someone pulling my leg.
  Topic: British Black Bee project
greengage

Replies: 145
Views: 165863

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:13 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
thats super info tks.
  Topic: Bee Inspectors
greengage

Replies: 2
Views: 2951

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:54 pm   Subject: Bee Inspectors
I notice on other posts people talk about bee inspectors who are these people and do we have them in Ireland.
  Topic: Silly question.
greengage

Replies: 6
Views: 6255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:19 pm   Subject: Silly question.
Excellent I would love to see the film do you know if it is out on DVD
  Topic: Silly question.
greengage

Replies: 6
Views: 6255

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:47 pm   Subject: Silly question.
Has anyone ever witnessed a drone congregation area, i would be very intrested in natural history and would not have observed activity like this. Ill have a look at you tube to see if I can find some ...
 
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