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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Placer County, Northern CA

    Blackberries have been in bloom for about a week now. Roughly 4/27
    5/3 Raspberry blossoms have started

    Mock Orange is in full bloom, but I'm not sure when it...
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    Re: Summer honey harvest in Michigan?

    Wow, that is a lot of honey per hive. I was thrilled with 2 1/2 pounds in my first honey harvest last year. (we are in a bad drought here also)
  3. Re: How often do hives need to be split and how should I be prepared?

    I'm only a 4th year beekeeper, so not much more experience than you. I have yet to split my hive, but I purchased another hive to split them if the need arises this spring. My hive population is...
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    Re: bees loosing pollen

    My screened bottom boards have a hole with a cover that goes underneath the screen but above the plastic insert. I have it closed, and never even thought of what it was for until a few days ago when...
  5. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    This is a great thread! :popcorn:
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    Re: I got stung today!

    More important than getting stung is remembering the pheromone that comes with it. I had a bee get stuck in my hair. I heard it angrily buzzing in my hair. If anyone saw me, I'm sure I looked like...
  7. Re: Feeding Question (At a distance away from the hive)

    I'm no expert, but I've read you shouldn't feed bees at a distance because it encourages robbing. Also, if anyone in the area has bees, the sugar water will mix in their hive, and possibly end up in...
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    Any advise for my predicament here?
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?310786-Timing-of-a-split-when-is-it-best&p=1259821#post1259821
  9. Thread: gardner snakes

    by michkel
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    Re: gardner snakes

    A hissing garter snake will certainly get your adrenaline going. Dropping a frame of bees is probably worse though. Hope I don't have the pleasure of experiencing that.
  10. Thread: I have brood!

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    Re: I have brood!

    I hadn't thought of that, but it makes sense. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Swarm prevention questions

    Great questions, I would like to know too.
  12. Thread: I have brood!

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    Re: I have brood!

    So true. Learning to spot the queen (even a marked one) is tricky at first.
  13. Thread: swarm box

    by michkel
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    Re: swarm box

    Can I ask how you can tell they will swarm a day ahead?
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    We have been in bloom since January. Blackberries (the main summer source) are starting to bloom. We had a brief cold snap about 3 weeks ago, but it's been really warm since. (high 70's to low 80's)
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    Alright, I did an inspection of my hive today. My bee population is very strong, and I was surprised at the numbers. They are actively working the super. I removed the super and inspected the top...
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    We're in a popular area for hives, so there are others around. But like I said before, I'm hoping to add another hive soon. I'm contemplating my first split.
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    :pk: I've had only 1 hive for 4 years. Granted, I'm hoping to change that soon. I figured it was better to learn on a smaller scale - not as much cost to lose if I screwed up. I've made plenty of...
  18. Re: So I made a deposit on 2 nucs back in November

    In my limited experience, the date is a "soft" date. It depends on the weather. The weather has to be warm enough for them to survive and to keep the queen and brood warm. My first year, I got my...
  19. Thread: bees wont eat

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    Re: bees wont eat

    I'm no expert, but when I feed my bees pollen patties through the winter, I put it under the inner cover at the top of the hive. (not covering the hole though) My hive clusters at the top, so...
  20. Re: There seems to be a lot of problems........

    Well said.

    I had plenty of problems my first year as a beekeeper. I lost my hive over their first winter. (likely mites from another beekeeper I spoke with about it) Reinstalled in the spring,...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    Wind blowing a little bit in Wyoming. :lpf: The wind blows A LOT in Wyoming! I've been there twice in May and thought I was going to freeze to death, while the locals were walking around in shorts...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I have 2 good size rocks on mine.
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    I read that after I posted. Thank you. Now I just have to decide whether to give up some honey production to split them.:scratch:
  24. Re: My new nuc boxes. No a paint factory did not explode!

    I really like them! She did a great job!
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    Thank you.
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