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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    I've seen this before but it usually starts in the summer and goes all the way through fall... It took me a while to figure out what it was but here in Northern California it turned out to be Yellow...
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    Re: adding another deep???

    It's been my experience that it does cause a problem. Did this to one of my hives this year and the queen moved up into the mediums and the bottom deep was left completely alone after that. Next...
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    Re: ventilated baggie feeding spacer

    For my hives it would definitely draw robbers in but I live in an area that's real dry during the summer and not much if any forage available... Once they get a whiff of that syrup they'll keep...
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    Re: Queen problem!! Need help!!

    I've had issues in the past when there are a lot of queen cells with many after swarms... Had one hive last year almost deplete itself with afterswarms. It went from 2 deeps and a honey super full...
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    Re: What kind of bees are these ? Wild ?

    +1... I would just put another super on top of that box with a cover on it to fully enclose the feeder. This time of year it's real easy to set off a robbing frenzy and you don't want every bee for...
  6. Any Queens For Sale in Northern Ca. Foothills

    Looking to buy 2 or 3 queens in the Sierra Foothills(Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, Placer or Nevada Counties). With as hot as it's been I don't want to have them shipped and can easily drive to any...
  7. Re: Why Is My One Hive Tossing Out Newly Emerged Worker Bees and Brood?

    Anybody have any ideas... They've given the boot to hundreds I've seen but I'm sure it's a lot more than that. Here's some pix of them. They look like they've emerged early and a lot can't walk but...
  8. Why Is My One Hive Tossing Out Newly Emerged Worker Bees and Brood?

    This hive is from a trap-out that I had... I trapped out 2 deeps and a medium of bees and split one deep off to create this hive and requeened it with a purchased queen. Now the first of the brood...
  9. Thread: Bee Id Please?

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    Re: Bee Id Please?

    Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes
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    Re: Hive is warming right now

    If they're hanging from a branch as opposed to clinging to the trunk of the tree a 5 gallon bucket on a really long pole has worked for me in the past... If you have access to any ladder and a 12'...
  11. Thread: grouchy bees

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    Re: grouchy bees

    This happens to me every year... I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills and we have a short but intense nectar flow and when that slows down the bees can get pretty grouchy. Bees that just 2 weeks...
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    Re: One month inspection

    Have you seen the queen? If you haven't then you've got yourself a laying worker if you have then she's a drone layer but my guess would be laying worker. Had the same issue after a queen of mine...
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    What's Happening With My Queens This Year?

    I have two hives that are about 3 ft from each other... With the lousy amount of rain we had this year everything seemed to bloom at once with very little stagger which made swarm control difficult...
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    Re: Is This A Small Hive Beetle?

    Thanks for the responses... I was really beginning to worry because they're real quick for their size and have the clubbed antennae and they're small enough that the bees don't even mess with them. ...
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    Re: Is This A Small Hive Beetle?

    So once the larvae pupate and emerge they continue to grow much bigger? These things are so small they have no trouble crawling through my SBB.


    My camera won't zoom in that close... I took a...
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    Is This Small Hive Beetle?

    Hadn't had any confirmed SHB in my county until late last year so I don't know a whole bunch about them. I've read that they are usually between 4-7mm but I've found some type of real small beetle...
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    Re: Is there a downside to EZ-Frames?

    The biggest issue I have with them is when they're full of honey in late summer and into the fall they flex way to much which breaks the capping off the honey and squeezes some out. This flex...
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    Re: Looking for a Couple Nuc's in N. Cal. ASAP

    Thanks for the reply Dan... I have a few on order with Randy already but they won't be available for about a month and this hive won't last that long.
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    Looking for a Couple Nuc's in N. Cal. ASAP

    Due to an emergency in one of my hives I need to purchase either a nuc or two or some frames of brood with nurse bees ASAP. I live in the foothills east of Sacramento at the 3000ft elevation and my...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    95684 Somerset, CA Elevation of 2450ft.
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    Manzanita

    There are about 10 huge plants on a south facing slope that started blooming yesterday and this is about 4-5 weeks early for us. The...
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    Re: Two Queens In One Hive... What Do I Do Now?

    I really don't at this point... I recently took 4 frames total out of 2 different hives(2 from each hive) to prop up a weaker hive and then had skunks come through my bee yard and really inflict...
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    Re: Two Queens In One Hive... What Do I Do Now?

    Sorry for the confusion... Old queen has been laying and she stayed with the old hive, this (new)queen that swarmed had been in that same hive for about a month with the old one. The new queen had...
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    Re: Two Queens In One Hive... What Do I Do Now?

    (Update) Hive swarmed yesterday with the newer queen... I was able to catch the swarm and ended up with a little less than 2 frames of bees and the queen that swarmed started laying immediately....
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    Re: Looking for 2 queens.

    Called Koehnen a couple weeks ago and they were sold out of queens but Olivarez had some and they shipped them right out and so far she's turning out to be an excellent layer.
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    Two Queens In One Hive... What Do I Do Now?

    First a little history on this hive...

    This hive was started the end of March 2012 from five frames I bought and included the existing queen from that hive. This hive grew like crazy to 2 deeps...
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