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    Re: Unlawful to keep California urban bees?

    Contact me at: don31@comcast.net and let's discuss this.
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    Re: Unlawful to keep California urban bees?

    @VikingDad: Several months after I wrote that post, a back-yard neighbor ratted me out to the Town of Los Gatos. I imagine it was the same inspector you dealt with who knocked on my door to insist...
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    What is this behavior?

    I placed a 30 liter box about 3 meters off the ground in a tree several months ago to use as a swarm trap. I placed one used, drawn frame inside along with four or five empty frames, and baited it...
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    Re: Always requeen a captured swarm?

    Yes. Although there have been a few cold weeks here in the SF Bay Area, this "winter" has been one of our usual ho-hum affairs. At least one jealous beek from the eastern part of the country...
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    Re: Need advice on hive stand construction

    Lots has been said already regarding the strength of your intended design. But I'd advise you to make the length of your supports long enough so that your middle hive boxes can be separated from one...
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    Always requeen a captured swarm?

    Two of the three colonies I have right now were started with swarms captured in the last three or four months. All seem to be bustling with busy bees; all are bringing in loads of nectar and...
  7. Thread: Olivarez bees

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    Re: Olivarez bees

    We do so have winters here. Gee, San Francisco got 1/8 inch of snow last week. First time in 35 years. You shoulda heard the weather-weenies on the TV, prognoticating all manner of biblical doom.
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    Re: History Channel

    Gee, It sounds as if the craft of war-making must have undergone a quantum shift towards smarter soldiers since those idiots were around. I mean, just how stupid and careless could a soldier be to...
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    Hive ventilation

    I have a hive box setup with an apparently healthy bunch of girls. I'm in the San Francisco Bay area of California and so although we've had some near-freezing mornings off and on for that past...
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    Re: Miter vs. Box Joints

    I'll make a guess. Considering how long ago Langstroth came up with the hive box design, it is very likely that the box joint was the strongest method for joining perpendicular pieces of wide wood...
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    Re: time to build new bee vac

    Do any of you folks have a line on where I could get some 2 1/2 inch flexible hose to use on a Robo-style bee vac that is NOT corrugated on the inside? I worry that the ridges on the inside of most...
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    Re: Just Shaking My head

    Maybe the author of that article belongs in the same classification as Timothy Treadwell, the apparently spacey Californian who lived with "his" brown bears in Alaska with his girlfriend, until one...
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    Re: LEAKED EPA allows bee toxic pesticide ? ccd ?

    This is a sobering article. Apparently, the sole field test upon which the EPA based its permission for Bayer to market its pesticide was terribly, and obviously, flawed to the point of...
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    Re: Help identifying orange pollen??

    Thanks, Countryboy. I guess all I need now is a microscope and a reference chart with micrographs of Zone 16 pollen.
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    Help identifying orange pollen??

    I live in the south San Francisco Bay area, on the western side of the Santa Clara Valley. In the past few days, some of my foragers have been returning with their pollen sacs stuffed with an...
  16. Re: Does this ordinance make bees illegal in my village?

    Sounds like you are nowhere near violating that law.
    Now, in my case, I'm supposed to locate my hives at least 1,000 feet away from the nearest occupied dwelling (or get written permission from...
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    Re: Removing Wild Bee Hive - Help

    Just as Honeyman suggests. There is a YouTube video that shows a fellow who was faced with a similar issue to yours. He used a chain saw to cut off the outer part of the tree branch and then...
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    Differences in Wintergreen oils?

    I took delivery today of a 4 oz. bottle of Wintergreen Oil that I ordered online last week. It has a brand name of "Preferred Plus pharmacy" and is distributed by Rush and Hebble Co. from Edinburgh,...
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    Re: Fast and Cheap Observation Hive

    Tara... Very nice work. Do you have access to the lower frames in any way other than through the top?
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    Re: Langstroth Build

    It appears from your first few photos that you built a solid bottom on the base, rather than a screened bottom board. Am I missing the screen? or did you decide not to do the screen? If the...
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    Re: Attractive to honeybees?

    I have a 20-year-old book entitled "Western Garden Book" published by Sunset Magazine. The book asserts "The following are notorious for attracting bees", and provides this list. Good luck...
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    Re: Odd-sized hive

    Sounds like somebody saw a bee hive once, then went home and decided to make their own. Also sounds like someone who carpentry skills are challenged. Why not just hang it in a tree somewhere and...
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    Re: Top Hive Feeders

    I'm kind of new to this. I recently got one of those Mann Lake top feeders, and intend to use it. Does the sugar syrup go bad after a time? or can I make a couple of gallons of it, fill the...
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    Re: Unlawful to keep California urban bees?

    Yeah, that's what I'll do. But scofflaws have always pissed me off, and now I are one.
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    Re: 4.9mm and 5.2mm Frames

    Why are you reluctant to mix plastic frames with wood frames?
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