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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...
  4. Thread: Moving Hives

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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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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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    Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    I started treating my NorCal hives with OAV last fall and so far, so good as all 12 are doing well thus far. Weather has been unseasonably warm and sunny (again...), so the hives are booming with...
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    Re: Too Early qc and capped drones

    I'm in Marin and did a quick inspection of some hives today - one has a super on top of two deeps and the super is 70% full of capped honey! The eucalyptus flow must be going strong. This is my...
  13. Thread: Ants

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    Re: Ants

    Sounds like ant issues are very regional. Here in CA we have little ants (Argentine, I think) that are a real problem and are very hard to deter with traditional treatments that seem to work...
  14. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    For me:
    - 10 full hives in three locations plus a few nuc's. I now have 8 hives and 2 nucs so hopefully that's not too hard.
    - Get a good honey harvest so I can sell it locally to friends and...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Similar for me - left a brick off of a lid, lid blew off in a storm and swamped the hive with rain, killing it. Also I missed some signs of mites that if I'd seen before would have helped save a...
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    Re: Can I use Mqs after expire date

    I used some this season that were at least two years old and had been kept in my garage. Worked like a charm... I think the expiration date is pretty meaningless based on that experience.
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    I started with three packages four years ago. One package absconded immediately and so I had to replace it. One went queenless and ended up as a laying worker hive that I shook out into the...
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    Bees are active in sunny NorCal!

    My wife gave me a GoPro camera for christmas and I decided to use it for the first time today to video my backyard hives on a beautiful sunny day here in Marin County. We had a ton of rain in early...
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    Re: Something went through- Bear?

    This is what a bear does15000
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    Re: Newb...My hive is dying.

    "Not seeing" mites isn't enough. You need to check using drop tests or sugar rolls in order to have any real idea what your count is. Deformed wings is an indicator, but not nearly enough.
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    Re: Newb...My hive is dying.

    Gasdoc - given our mild winters it doesn't take a ton of bees to make it thru the winter (I have a few 5 frame nucs that are doing fine). What they need is food (yours apparently have plenty) and to...
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    Re: Bear in the yard...

    I should have mentioned that the hives (and fence) belong to a local commercial guy who keeps bees on my ranch seasonally. His guys are going to beef up the fence, or maybe just take the hives out. ...
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    Bear in the yard...

    I've been having problems with a bear getting into a yard in NorCal over the last couple of months. Put an electric fence up but that didn't stop him - when I visited the yard this morning he'd...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I believe I got ten swarms last year, plus one extraction from a tree that was cut down with a feral hive in it. Only one of the swarms was from one of my hives, it was a neat one on a wall that I...
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    Viability of swarms?

    In a different thread there were some opinions voiced that seemed to believe that swarms generally are not worth catching, presumably as the likelihood that they survive and grow isn't worth the...
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