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  Topic: birds eating bees
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:17 pm   Subject: birds eating bees
Hi All,

When my bees swarmed, a magpie took an interest in them and got a few stings for its troubles. It was not deterred as I saw it again the following day hopping around the shed roof taking t ...
  Topic: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Chardyboy

Replies: 2
Views: 5439

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:58 am   Subject: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Thanks for the advice Barbara,

Yes, it was/is me with the military site plan - they bought 10 Thornes TBHs and deployed them, and promptly filled them with swarms caught around the garrisons - they ...
  Topic: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Chardyboy

Replies: 2
Views: 5439

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 10:11 am   Subject: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Hi All,

My hive threw another swarm yesterday, which I've recovered and need to rehome (already a post in the Swarm section).

I've got them in a plastic flowerpot with top bars across the top a ...
  Topic: lemon grass
Chardyboy

Replies: 7
Views: 14440

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:14 am   Subject: lemon grass
Hi Shearno,

I'd go with Barbara's advice on this - it worked for me.

I also grow the lemonbalm herb and always give that a rub or brush past it as I think the smell is similar and it all helps. ...
  Topic: Beeswax Artist Needs Your Help
Chardyboy

Replies: 4
Views: 10745

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:28 pm   Subject: Beeswax Artist Needs Your Help
I've just tried to vote but because I'm not on Facebook.....I can't.

Good Luck anyway.

Dave
  Topic: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 9658

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:29 am   Subject: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
POP! goes my idealistic bubble......
  Topic: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 9658

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:42 pm   Subject: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Liz-Truss-takes-Environment-Secretary-Owen/story-21464929-detail/story.html

Woo Hoo

Let's hope Ms Truss shows some interest and intelligence in her new role! ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 10208

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:24 pm   Subject: Made the transfer....
Hi everyone,

I went down the route of stapling wooden skewers to the top bars and then painting with some melted wax. Seems to work fine and not too time consuming either.

The skewers were sour ...
  Topic: Insulated Top Bar Hive
Chardyboy

Replies: 5
Views: 15417

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:44 pm   Subject: Insulated Top Bar Hive
Nice photos - but I thought horses were allergic to bee stings in a really bad way?

Regards

Dave
 
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