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  1. Hi guys, I treated my banties last night with Ivomec spot on as instructed by the lady at the vets but this morning I have noticed that 2 of them are doing something unusual, they are putting the bottom of their beaks on the ground and walking back a few feet? Can anyone help please? Steve
  2. Ok thanks guys for your help, have put done a bit of straw which hopefully will absorb some of the water then I can bin it then put down some chips. Thanks again Steve
  3. Hi Guys, Looking for your advice, my chicken pen is in gutters at the minute with all the rain, we have tried bags of bark but with more rain it just becomes squidgy again. Any advice would be much appreciated. Many Thanks Steve
  4. No problem Old Speckled Hen, thought it would be relevant for those interested in Northern Ireland. Stephen
  5. INIB Presents Bee-Day:- Beginning with Honeybees Saturday 2nd February 2013. Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Have a look at our Event Agenda? Have you ever really thought about where honey comes from? Have you ever wondered, “Could I become a beekeeper?” If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind, a forthcoming event being hosted by the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers could provide the answers. A charitable organisation with a deep commitment to educating and informing the public about beekeeping, the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers is running a beekeeping familiarisation day in the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on Saturday 2nd February. Running between 09:30 and 15:00, the whole programme is aimed specifically at the growing number of people who are interested in beekeeping and the role this fascinating little insect has to play in our wider environment. Honeybees and other pollinating insects are under threat: the INIB Bee-Day presents an opportunity to learn how you can help preserve these important insects. The venue, The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre which is set right in the heart of the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve where, to compliment biodiversity and conservation work, some staff have become beekeepers and are developing an apiary. Everyone will have an opportunity to learn more about this work and about beekeeping. An interesting day is in store for all who attend. A team of people, recently introduced to the craft, will provide first hand accounts of the pleasures of beekeeping. Experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers will talk about the life of the honeybee, the fascinating division of labour in the hive, swarming and wintering a colony of bees. Other topics will encompass threats to honeybees and their environment and also the queen honeybee, mother of all in the hive and whose qualities largely determine the success of the colony and ultimately, of all beekeeping activities. The speakers will provide information about the basic equipment needed to keep bees and the associated costs. Advice will even be provided on how aspiring beekeepers can obtain healthy, placid and industrious bees. One of the best ways to start beekeeping is with a nucleus colony, commonly called a “Nuc”, and with the support of your local beekeeping association. The INIB will be providing everyone who attends with contact details for local beekeeping associations so that anyone who is interested can take the next steps to becoming a beekeeper. Everyone who comes along will have the opportunity to talk with and question experienced beekeepers, so go along and find out if you could become a beekeeper in 2013. Tea and coffee will be provided on the day.
  6. Hi guys thanks for all the suggestions, thought I would give you's an update and let you know they have all now learnt to go into the house at night. Thanks Steve
  7. Hi guys, its just an all wooden ladder and coop, I think they must be too familiar with the old house. Stephen
  8. Hi guys, Looking your help again please. I had three chicks which are grown up now, they were taken of the heat lamp and moved in with the big girls but they still havn't learnt to go up the ladder at night to go to bed so they just sit outside cuddled up then we have to put them in each night. Please can you advise? Thanks Steve
  9. Hi guys Sorry I havnt updated you yet, all hatched excepted the two polish. Thanks for your help Steve
  10. Chick hatched and another hatching but the 2 other polish eggs dont see to be doing anything, candled them and they havn't pipped the airsac yet. Steve
  11. Heard one chick cheeping inside the egg but shell not pipped yet. Steve
  12. Hi guys, Was wondering if you could advise please, I had 6 fertile eggs (3 pekin and 3 polish) in brinsea mini advanced and they were due to hatch tuesday night there but only two have hatch one pekin and one polish, when I candle the eggs they seem to be filled with the chick but no more have pipped. Can you advise please? Thanks Steve
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    Bee Chat

    Hi there, I am careful about holding the frame over hive but its flying bees that land on jeans and wander down into wellies and sting through the socks, what about wet suit boots or any other ideas? Steve
  14. StephenW

    Bee Chat

    Hi guys, Any tips for preventing stings on ankles and feet? Some bees take the chance of going down the wellies. Thanks Guys Steve
  15. Thats a pitty, sorry to hear that, I understand what you mean about the forum, it can me quite hard for a beginner like myself to get your point across because you don't know what information the people need to be able to answer your question, also with beekeeping there are many different opinion, its alot easier for someone to come and see your situation so you can get a more accurate assement. Steve
  16. Hi hilda-and-evadne, You should join the beekeeping forum, lots of advice on there and some members supply queens. Steve
  17. Hi there, What do you mean sorry by a "nucleus swarm"? Did you buy it as a five frame nuc or something? Did you not see queen cells prior to them swarming? The queen excluder unfortunately wont stop them swarming as the queen will slim down prior to swarming. Thanks Steve
  18. Thanks clucker, I will keep these prices in mind. Steve
  19. Thanks clucker, these are for eggs for eating? Stephen
  20. Hi guys, I was have a couple of pekins with baldish hens one from the rooster treading and other from being slightly picked on after coming back from show, are there any natural anti feather pecking remedies? I couldn't find related thread when I searched. Thanks Steve
  21. Hi guys, My mate has a miniature apple yard duck as pictured in the picture below (left), as of the last few days it seems to be puffing ins feathers up when you go near it. I'm afraid the picture doesn't clearly show it. I think it has been building a nest. Any ideas why it is puffing its's feathers? Thanks Steve
  22. Thanks Daphne for your help. Steve
  23. Hi guys, I was just wondering would you classify these eggs as tinted bantam eggs? Thanks Steve
  24. Thanks for this information. I had tried quiche but there is still multiple eggs left and I had tried some pavalova but the problem with that is you only can use the white. Look forward to hearing more ideas. Thanks Steve

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