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bodger

Bee's in the city

This seems like a jolly good idea don't you think ?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8184655.stm

I hope that this is an idea that gains momentum.
freckle

Yes-but an Eglu beehive-how much will they be charging for this overpriced, overdesigned gimmick?!?  
Captain_Dingbat

..and then some bugger will probably nick it anyway......

I'm still wanting to 'do bees' and after discussion with OH, we think our back garden will be the safest place for a hive...or 2.

Would-be 'Winnie-the-Pooh's' would then have to get past 'The Beast' safely to actually get at the bees....!

rustyme

http://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/shop....8&sort=popularity&start=0

465 each ...phew ... I got mine , 6 of them , off freecycle . Also got a beesuit a smoker + loads of spare bits and bobs . All with wax in frames ..got a few lb of wax out of them so far. I could not have afforded 2790 for 6 plastic ones !!
not long after I got the hives , a swarm moved in ...handy eh ?

cheers


Russ
freckle

465!!!  Madness!  OH bought new (so not to bring in any disease) but second class (I think they were called-meant the wood is more knotted and not as pretty but still functional!) for 150 and I bet the wooden ones look a lot nicer than a heap of plastic!  And what about the fact that plastic is meant to give off chemicals/fumes-isn't it meant to be hormones?  How is that going to affect bees that are already sturggling in our polluted world?!  
bodger

Our mate Jim or beeman will point you in the right direction for cost effective bee housing.

I remember going to my cousins wedding reception and partly through boredom, looking out of the window and down onto a flat roof where someone was keeping bees. The site was in the middle of the city but a little of the countryside had definately been brought to surburbia.
Cottagegardener

bodger wrote:
I remember going to my cousins wedding reception and partly through boredom, looking out of the window and down onto a flat roof where someone was keeping bees. The site was in the middle of the city but a little of the countryside had definately been brought to surburbia.


I was on a stand for the local beekeepers a while back and was able to taste several honeys from around the area, and was amazed to find the the"city" beekeepers had the best tasting honey, with the most complex flavours,which is apparently to be expected because of the diversity of plants available in urban areas as opposed to our often monocropped countryside. Bit of a sad reflection on modern farming!  

bodger wrote:
Our mate Jim or beeman will point you in the right direction for cost effective bee housing.

Also anyone looking for an inexpensive start up in beekeeping might like to look at Phil Chandler's book  The Barefoot Beekeeper and it's associated web site http://www.biobees.com/. It's about natural beekeeping not doing it without any shoes on!
bodger

i couldn't find a copy on ABE Books but there you go.

http://www.biobees.com/cb_sale2.html
Gareth

Personally I think that the Eglu bee hive is a great concept; anything that encourages more people to become Bee keepers is a wonderful thing.

However, that last statement does not mean that I'll be purchasing one, as I already have two WBC hives made from Exterior plywood flat packed under my bed.

People such as you or I would not spend that kind of cash on a; Bee hive, Poultry ark, Rabbit or Guinea pig hutch, etc. preferring to either build our own, or buy a good secondhand one. But I do applaud Eglu's enterprise and marketing. If there are people out there who wish to spend that much money on one, then let them.
bodger

Eglu poultry coops are absolutely extortionately priced, if the bee hives are similarly priced then they aren't the best thing since slicecd bread.

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