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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    My bees were all over the manzanita blossoms.

    They also enjoy:
    all of my fruit trees, but especially the orange
    rosemary
    raspberries
    blackberries
    lavender
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    Re: Fruit tree spraying and bees

    I usually do not spray my fruit trees, but I ended up with a bad infestation of scales on a few of my trees this year. I was told that insecticidal soap is not harmful to bees. I sprayed in the...
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    When to add the super?

    I'm in CA. I lost my first hive over winter of 2012/2013. This hive I installed bees into last spring, and they came through winter beautifully. I did a hive inspection on the upper box (2 deeps)...
  4. Re: I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    Thank you - you give me hope. It's been cold lately and I've been worried about them. It's been too cold/rainy to open up the hive and check, so they have their feed and hopefully they will make...
  5. Re: I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    If you are not familiar with the area, I am 1/2 way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe on 80 in the foothills.
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    Less than 1 frame from what I saw, but I didn't want to disturb them too much by messing with the hive, so I just pulled one empty frame out and moved the others to see down between the frames.
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    Good to know, thank you!

    I'm hoping to get into a beekeeping class this year. Gosh I underestimated this adventure!
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    So, dumb question. Should the queen be rearing brood this time of year? I was envisioning a sort of hibernation of the hive this time of year, then resuming brood rearing in the early spring - but...
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    Should I put the plastic back in the screened bottom board and see if there are any mites? Any other ways to check?
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    I'm going to sound really dumb here, but I don't even know. I got the Nuc from Sacramento Beekeeping and never thought to ask.
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    Near Auburn.
  12. Re: I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    Not any treatments other than putting the plastic in the screened bottom board. I don't have it in now though.
  13. Re: I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    Yes, that is what I bought. I didn't do a complete hive inspection, so I don't know if they are rearing brood or not. As this is my first winter, I don't know what is "normal".
  14. I don't think my bees are going to make it through winter

    I'm in Northern CA and new to beekeeping. I installed a NUC in May. In the fall, I had a very strong hive. I noticed their stores were getting low, so I started feeding them sugar syrup again. (I...
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