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  1. Thread: Aggressive Bees

    by bison
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Michael Bush's web site has a good overview of what to do. Basically you divide the hive into smaller pieces a short distance away leaving a box in the original location for the foragers to return...
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    Re: When to do a cut-out from a log?

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Assuming you can do the cutout in a single day, the bees will be in their new home by night and can handle that kind of cold. I'd just be sure that there isn't...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Not quite. You're confusing "could care less" with the correct "couldn't care less". If he could care less, it means that he cares.
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Things are booming here in NorCal - I'm adding a third super to some hives as they've mostly filled two already. Will have to make splits soon and swarm season will no doubt start soon too. I only...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    As others have noted, there's nothing particularly remarkable about her not getting stung by a hive with good genetics that's otherwise preoccupied during a flow.

    What's ludicrously dangerous is...
  6. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    16218Here is a picture from my ranch of a kitty track that shows what the OP mentioned about how a cats rear foot overlaps with his front footprint (sometimes right on top of each other). Also the...
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    Who misses their bees while on vacation?

    So here I am on the west shore of Maui overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean teeming with humpback whales smashing in the water... and I can't help thinking about my bees back in the Bay Area! I...
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    Implicit in the prior responses is that there are many ways to keep bees. Some people only have a few and spend hours and hours on them, far more than the hives NEED but presumably the keeper enjoys...
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    Re: Can I reuse this Queen Excluder?

    It's find to reuse - that's what QE's look like after a while in a hive. Just scrape it off. Sometimes a stiff wire brush works well.
  10. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    If you're still worried after the suggestions above you could make two follower boards and put them on the outside with just 9 frames between them. This allows for extra space on the outside, and...
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    Re: What is the purpose of a Nuc

    Lots of uses for them. Basically they're just smaller colonies. They're often used to make splits as this only takes a few frames of bees so no need for a bigger hive box. Many people (like me)...
  12. Re: North Bay SF Area .... are you going into your hives yet?

    I have hives near you in the Ross Valley and in Lucas Valley, and have been inspecting them recently and would urge you to. Some are doing fine but are light on stores, so I'm supplementing with...
  13. Re: Economics of pollination for distant beekeepers

    Thx - so lets say $18k from FL... that would make net $47k per load if my other math was right. Am I missing or off on other costs?
  14. Economics of pollination for distant beekeepers

    I'm a hobbyist keeper in NorCal and am simply curious about the economics of shipping bees across the country for almond pollination, a question that was triggered as I drove to Reno last week and...
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    Re: ants in your hive

    The ants we have in NorCal are little Argentine ants and are a real problem. Very hard to discourage (cinnamon and diatomaceous earth have no effect) and hard to kill using bait traps. I lost hives...
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    Re: Re-hiving overwintered nuc - video link

    Drivert is the bakers sugar that's used to make fondant. I just dump some of it along with a pollen patty in the space between the two lids. Works really well.
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    Re: Re-hiving overwintered nuc - video link

    Hmmmm - try again... it shows as public to me...
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    Re-hiving overwintered nuc - video link

    Another sunny day in NorCal, expected to be in the 70's and not a drop of rain all month. Hives are booming, so today I re-hived a nuc that had overwintered quite well. It was a small swarm that I...
  19. Thread: Moving Hives

    by bison
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    Re: Moving Hives

    I agree you should just move them and not worry about it. They'll be confused for a day, then figure it out.
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    Re: january inspection

    Here on the left coast (Marin County) it was almost 70 degrees today as our dry spell continues. I took a look at some hives today - two have a full super of honey already (probably eucalyptus) so I...
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    Re: Hot Hive Re-Queening?

    Here is a good approach from Michael Bush:http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrequeeninghot.htm
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    Re: first drone spotted today - short winter?

    Just saw a few in some hives in Marin today...
  23. Re: The bees are loving this warm weather in Louisiana

    Same thing here in sunny NorCal where we haven't had rain all month after December's drenching. Bees are busy bringing in pollen and nectar, queens are laying, and drones are starting to appear.
  24. Tom Seeley's presentation at Marin Beekeepers Club

    Recently Tom Seeley spoke at the Marin Beekeeper's Club, with the focus of his presentation on how bees in a hive communicate with each other to efficiently collect and store pollen and nectar. It...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    Thanks for the comments... but I'm still not sure if a spring treatment to knock down any mite load is a good idea or not. I understand that OAV doesn't get to the mites in capped cells, but if...
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