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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...
  5. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Marin has a multitude of microclimates, from wet and foggy along the SF bay, to urban irrigated gardens, to dry rural grasslands in the west. I've had honeys from hives no more than 5 miles or so...
  6. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    A note about the demographics of the Marin Beekeepers Association - of the roughly 350 members, I don't think that there are more than a dozen or so (at most) that have a material economic motivation...
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    I'm a member of the Marin Beekeeper's Association so can add a bit of color about the club. It's exploded in membership over the last few years - I believe the dues paying membership is about 350...
  8. Thread: Rain in Cali??

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    Re: Rain in Cali??

    14750 Good question... not in a lot of years! I also have hives on some property in Lake County... see photos.14749
  9. Thread: Rain in Cali??

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    Re: Rain in Cali??

    It's indeed very welcome! This year was lousy for honey production and many hives needed to be fed going into the fall and likely thru the winter. More bear activity as well as the critters search...
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    Re: School me on doing a split.

    My only addition to the great info above is that there are many ways to make a split, all of which can be succesful. What Michael P describes is an ideal way, but a situation may call for something...
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    I presume you have opinions about this that I'm happy to hear (though not the reason for my initial post).
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    I also added the substantial stores from the LW hive to the other one, perhaps mitigating this risk.
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    Broodless hive in NorCal

    I have a couple of hives in northern CA (Lake County) that I don't spend a lot of time with as they're at a vacation home a couple hours away. I looked at them yesterday for the first time in a...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    14534Bear got into a yard on my ranch in NorCal recently as well... it's been so dry that they're appearing more frequently than before. Solution was an electric fence.
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    Do I need a bee vac for a small cutout?

    I'm going to remove a small hive that's inside a garden wall this weekend. It's going to be easy to access and looks quite small from what I can see from outside, probably 5 or 6 combs that are 10"...
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    Unwanted visitor to the yard...

    Continued dry weather in CA has our furry friends coming to areas that they're not supposed to visit. I presume this was a bear's work, particularly given the apparent claw marks on a few of the...
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    What respirator to use for OAV?

    Any suggestions? I'll be treating no more than 2-4 hives at a time.

    I see this 3M page to select the right filter but am not sure which one is correct. Organic vapor/acid gas?...
  18. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    If you don't have a lot of hives to vaporize, I'd suggest getting a self-contained 12v power station (about $50). They combine a battery and charger, are easy to transport, and can be used as...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer - Part II

    I just got a Hellyser and tried it over the weekend. Works very nicely, though I'd prefer a more sturdy handle. Certainly could be made at home if someone has access to the right tools.

    I didn't...
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    Re: Teenie Weenie Queenie

    Yep, feeding syrup and pollen patty, plus they look to be bringing in natural pollen too.
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    Teenie Weenie Queenie

    I caught a late season swarm about 10 days ago, about two fistfuls of bees. Put 'em into a nuc and started feeding, finally took a look at it yesterday and found their queen. She's a little bitty...
  22. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    Updating this... I checked the weak hive over the weekend (now two weeks after treating with MAQS) and things look substantially better. All of the dead brood has been cleaned out and I saw a fair...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    No doubt, though once AFB can be eliminated (thru easy "string" test plus smell) I'd say to start with the most likely problem, and that's mites. With MAQS it's an easy one-step treatment with...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    I have two hives that looked very similar. Treated with MAQS two weeks ago and looked at both this weekend. All dead larvae had been cleaned out and plenty of nice healthy looking uncapped larvae...
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    Re: Buckwheat honey ?

    Either your hives are in an area where there's enough buckwheat to produce that variety of honey or they're not. You'd have to plant a huge amount to overcome the other forage that's in a 3 mile...
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