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10th January 2018 at 4:41pm

Fred - Dublin

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<span>Parents are snowflakes and pass their irrational fears to their children..</span>

 

<span>Medafish, help me understand this. Just what is irrational about protecting children from honey bee stings? I take it that you know for some, honeybee venom can cause death and at the very least first stings cause great discomfort.</span>

As responsible beekeepers we have a duty of care to others.
7th January 2018 at 11:34am

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

Eric Beaumont wrote:

Adding to honey is not new - someone once gave me a jar of lime honey with added walnuts, and that was foul - but check out the health benefits of turmeric, ginger, and the Egyptian black seed. You'd be surprised how well it sells, and at a good price.
 

 

I see this as the other way around, i.e. not adding to honey but rather adding honey to................. 

Honey is one of the purest foods, no need to bugger it up.
6th January 2018 at 4:28pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

I wasn't impressed. IMO damn irresponsible to let chidren anywhere near a hive without head protection at the very least. He didn't seem that knowlegable.

 Fair play to him for shifting his stock but all he was short of doing was selling curry flavoured honey. I'm sure some eejit would buy it.

Last edited at 4:32pm on the 6th January by Fred - Dublin

5th January 2018 at 5:23pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

CDSinUK wrote:
I like to requeen from a nuc, either just dropping the whole nuc straight in or merging the colonies over newspaper if going into a very strong or stroppy colony. It mostly works and there is surprisingly little conflict.

CD but that's not queen 'introduction' it's 'uniting.'

 
CDSinUK wrote:
Anyone else got a preferred technique to share?
 

CD, I'll stick with the well tried and tested queen introduction cage suspended between the middle frames. Queen must have a safe retreat in such cage (stops her legs being nipped at,) and be blocked in with fondant. No attendant workers necessary. Hasn't failed for me yet.
5th January 2018 at 4:05pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

CD, as you know there are many tried and tested acceptable methods of introducing queens.

 

I'll keep my dunking to my whole grain biscuits.
23rd December 2017 at 2:45pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

<span>any tips on BBQing a whole turkey?</span>

 

Don't but if you must, keep a stomach pump and lots of loo paper handy.

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

“These bees aren’t just the regular, everyday kind of bees you see people walking around the park with ............."

 

Any of you guys take your bees for a walk in the park?
20th November 2017 at 12:44pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

TiaraBoomDA wrote:
Has anyone experience of using diatomaceous earth to filter and whiten beeswax? If so, how does one do it?
 

 

Can I ask the question; 'Why do you want to whiten beeswax in the first place and make it look like much cheaper paraffin wax?'
Topic: Varro Med
16th November 2017 at 4:55pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

LuaLua wrote:
We had a visit from an inspector in September as local EFB, not us, luckily, who suggested Varro Med as a good treatment for winter. I gather it's newly registered. I have 3 apparently strong colonies on 14x12 Nationals going into winter. Does anyone have any experience?
 

 

 

Hello LuaLua.

I have used it for the first time on my own colonies and that of a friend's in early October.

We both found it efficient and effective, i.e. 'doing the right thing, right.'

 

However it's pretty expensive so I'll stick with making up my own oxalic acid for trickle  and treat in a couple of weeks when I'll give them fondant* at the same time.

 

* Bit concerned that they have consumed a fair amount of their stores due to stronger than usual late autumn activity.
6th November 2017 at 3:31pm

Fred - Dublin

1263 posts

Gerry Collins wrote:
Only ever had to use fondant during 3 winters out of the last 59 years and then only needed it for  a few colonies.

 

Hi Gerry. I don't know why you feel the need to overwinter on double brood for your 'selected mongrels' which should be close to Amm, as these overwinter nicely in a single national brood chamber* but I'm sure you have your sound reasons.

Having said that, I think this winter* may well be #4 for you to use fondant if your weather has been anything like mine with the bees so active and still rearing lots of  brood the last two months.

*Timber with top insulation, tray in with lip turned down and the entrance greatly reduced.

* A mild winter will cut deeply into their stores.