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    [–] Feeding sugar syrup IrishEagleOwl 3 points ago in Beekeeping

    We fed late into this year due to bad weather but the girls didn't use it as they will eat the sweetest thing around, which for them is their own honey stores. And you dont want your honey frames to be filled with sugar water. It's good to get hives started in the year but it's better they go for pollen in the flow.

    [–] Wait... you don't get honey? IrishEagleOwl 1 points ago in Beekeeping

    Wow you must have a awesome place for your bees to thrive! I'm very jealous of your honey!

    [–] Wait... you don't get honey? IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    Bought first hive and had to split in first year, then they split again so we have 3 hives. This year all 3 hives swarmed late so now waiting for them to re build their colonies and hope for some autumn honey. We think we got a swarmy queen and has passed on her swarming habits to her young!

    [–] White paste instead of brood? IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    Cant really see your picture, but we have a ceam coloured pollen going in which I think is raspberry

    [–] Building manager killing Honeybees!! IrishEagleOwl 1 points ago in bees

    I'm not sure about where you are, but I believe its actually illegal to destroy bees in the UK, you have to get a bee removal company. Only wasps can be killed by pest control

    [–] Who loves a mutt......? IrishEagleOwl 1 points ago in Beekeeping

    You can tell they like her that's so cute!

    [–] Did my old hive attract a swarm or is being robbed? IrishEagleOwl 3 points ago in Beekeeping

    Without opening up it's hard to tell. It maybe bees from a swarm sussing out if it's a good place to go. We set up a bate hive and had a few curious bees go in and out, then a week later a swarm settled underneath the box (not sure why they went under!) Just keep an eye on it you will know within few days if a swarm moves in

    [–] My poor buzzers IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    Same here in the UK.. not a good bee year!

    [–] I'm a bee keeper and think my bees are the cutest, I hope you like them too! IrishEagleOwl 1 points ago in aww

    Thank you! Do you get many bees in the wild where you are? Watching bees on flowers they are no harm what so ever. You could show her what they do and explain why they are doing it and why they are important, she may then find it interesting? I totally understand people who dont like bees, think the noise can be quite scary.

    [–] Find the queen. Easy....😁, I should've changed the filter to b&w. IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    How many times do you get excited when you think you find her, only for it to be a drone! She is a lovely bright colour :)

    [–] I'm a bee keeper and think my bees are the cutest, I hope you like them too! IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in aww

    It sounds like you have the perfect environment for bees! It is scary that I hardly see any in the wild. If you wanted to you could set up a bate hive in the garden and see if you catch a wild swarm? You could leave them alone and let them do their own thing. A wooden box that is warm and dry and smells a bit like bee and they will see it as a save place to live.

    [–] Okay. Today I’m feeling defeated and discouraged. IrishEagleOwl 3 points ago in Beekeeping

    I really appreciated the hands on help we had. She just made sure we were comfortable with what we had to do. But after 8 years even she said she would see new things! You can think you have done everything right but bees are still wild and will do things that you can not predict. I hope you can get the hives sorted it sounds like they are good honey making bees!

    [–] Okay. Today I’m feeling defeated and discouraged. IrishEagleOwl 3 points ago in Beekeeping

    When I first started we had a bee keeper from out local association help us out and get us set up. She helped us to split the hive when we sore they wanted to swarm and we learnt a lot. Have you dont a beginner course or anything? I learnt a lot by just being around other bee keepers and ask all the stupid questions. 3 years on I'm still learning. Dont give up!

    [–] Two hives, no brood, larvae or eggs IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    It sounds like you need to get a new queen asap. This time of year it may be difficult to get one let alone two. If you can though you might be able to merge the two hives together and have one big colony for the summer/winter

    [–] After being capped, are those drone cells or queen peanuts? (Mid of frame) IrishEagleOwl 2 points ago in Beekeeping

    they can make 'emergency' queens which are too small and not very good. One of those looks like a potential emergency queen as it's not very long. But a bit hard to tell from the angle of the photo