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    SBB and pollen loss

    I am about to introduce Screened Bottom Boards. Would February be a good time here in North California? I incline to think that it would be fine since there is others that keep them year round in...
  2. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Patties vs. pollen substitute? Same thing? Any difference? Nobody said something about dry sugar. Thanks to all who answered.
  3. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    I didn't open the hives yet. They look pretty vibrant at entrances though. This may be a clue that they do fine. I don't see dead ones either. Soon I will take a peek, on a nice sunny day.
  4. Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Is it worth feeding pollen substitute when fresh and natural pollen is already available in the nature? I have in mind brood rearing and a boost for the bees before Spring flow starts. Michael Bush...
  5. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    I have a survivor colony since 2011. Plenty of bees and healthy. Located in the city. At this time, they bring in pollen, but I don't see any significant/surplus stores. If this continues until...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?/Controlling methods suggestions, please/

    Exactly. I see lots of them in my area too. Just a few days ago popped-up the top cover, and I saw a few dozens corralled by the bees on the cover from inside. And, it's a strong hive. I don't see...
  7. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I could see yesterday young eucalyptus buds in the city. Are they flowering in July? Thanks.
  8. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    "...I expect to get more in the fall." How would you explain more honey in Fall? I witnessed the same last year. Is it the survival pressure that determine the bees to amass food right before winter?
  9. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I caught them right before. They produced a swarm cell which I transferred in a nuc along with bees, capped brood, honey, all resulting in a split. What makes me to think they didn't swarm is no...
  10. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Are you located in the city of Chico or next to it? Have you extracted at all this year? If you are located within city limits and no surplus honey, then it's probably drought-related. It's hard to...
  11. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Thanks so much for your prompt answer. I suspect them still being in the growing mode since there is pollen coming in and queen (I noticed) is laying like in the last few months. It's a second year...
  12. Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I have a hive located in the city. June is the time in this area when decent colonies cap their honey and make a decent crop. My hive has at least two boxes full of bees but produced very little...
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    Feeding a very small swarm/Question

    I recently trapped a very small swarm in a bait hive. I live in the city and there is still a good nectar flow in my area. Do you think I should feed them sugar syrup to increase their survival...
  14. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    When you normally harvest in our area (what month)? Do you feed them intensively sugar syrup before the honey flow to get the needed bee population? My best hives bring in nectar, and there is some...
  15. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    In my area, star thistle blooms in June, July and August. My hives are located in the city though.
  16. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    Thanks, Dan. The one I have is not very strong and it's re-building. I will probably give it 2 more weeks before I split.

    Regards,
    Ion
  17. Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    Could anyone indicate a few clues for the main nectar flow? I live in Sacramento, CA. There is currently a significant nectar flow in my area with almonds, apricots, plums blooms already gone. I...
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    Sugar Ants Bothering

    Dear All:

    I have a small 5 frames nuc that is under relentless attack by sugar ants. They've been doing it since at least December. It also prevents me from feeding although there has been a...
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    Treatment-Free Dilemma

    I have been keeping honeybees since 2011. I started with 5 hive I bought from a local beekeeper. I went treatment-free soon after I had them. Only on some occasions I used lemongrass essential oil as...
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    Re: These misterous bees

    I don't understand it because I don't see the mites. Perhaps a few of them, which is normal. I don't see a Varoa infestation capable of triggering a virus. If hypothetically the mites are the...
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    Re: These misterous bees

    There is no dead bees by the entrance, having mites on them, a clear indication that they could've been overwhelmed by mites. There is no such thing. Therefore, mites (varoa) talk is not the issue....
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    Re: These misterous bees

    Thank you, Sir. Nonetheless, my bees are regressed and I have no mites issues.
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    These misterous bees

    Please help me unveil the following: My hive was thriving a month ago. Plenty of bees, enough brood, and honey. I checked them today. I saw a drastically dwindled colony, no pests, except for a few...
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    Re: New Emergency Queen Barely Laying

    Thank you everyone for your insights. Using syrup would probably trigger more robbing done by other bees and ants which are already assaulting this hive. I am thinking to take them in a 5 frame nuc...
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    Re: New Emergency Queen Barely Laying

    She is 1-2 months old and has plenty of resources, honey and pollen. This was my best hive in spring.
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