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    Re: Brood comb on top bars

    This happens all the time -- seems like they love making drone comb between levels of frames. I just scrape it off.
  2. Re: Just caught a swarm in NorCal - what to do with it?

    well, I'm only in my 2nd year down here, but I'd think that if you fed it steadily (esp if you could get it over to Marin, where I assume there's a bit more forage, and if you start feeding 2:1),...
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    Re: no bees in the first deep

    In fact, I just pulled an empty bottom deep off yesterday! But I think in my case, they had a bit too much room up top, and the queen decided she'd prefer it warmer/darker away from my screened...
  4. Re: Urban backyard bee keeping 1/4 arce lot canit be done?

    I am an urban beekeeper on a 1/4 lot and it works just fine. In my town, if you get a permit, an automatic notice goes to all your neighbors -- they were all fine with it, as far as I can tell. I...
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    Re: Birds and bees

    I have a western scrub jay in my backyard who snacks on my bees -- s/he comes by first thing in the morning, when they are sleepy and slow, and gobbles a few, and then again with dusk... Not much I...
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    Re: Wasps, live and let live or kill them all?

    I have a blue jay that sits outside my hive every morning, eats a few sleepy bees, and takes off... and then comes back at dusk for a evening snack as well. Hurled sticks didn't do much, so I decided...
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    Re: Hello from Sonoma

    Welcome! Enjoy the fun... this site is a great resource for newbies like us.
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    Re: First Swarm Question

    Thanks! As usual, my question joins the ranks of the "anxious parent" questions that are the signature of newbies, but I appreciate the quick response.
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    First Swarm Question

    Hi all, so I captured my first swarm on 4/30 -- good sized cluster. I hived them first in a nuc, and then, when they looked cramped, in an 8 frame deep. They've pulled about 3-4 deep frames of comb,...
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    Re: After Hiving the New Swarm...

    Just FYI, I moved them smoothly to an 8 frame deep today -- the queen was running around, no eggs that I could see yet, but they are drawing tons of comb, and bringing in supplies. Hopefully brood in...
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    Re: Hello from El Cerrito California

    Glad you got that swarm! Pretty exciting moment -- I picked one up in Albany last week. Been a busy year around here.
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    Re: After Hiving the New Swarm...

    Thanks! It sounds like they need more space, and I think I'll go ahead and either add another nuc box, or move em to an 8 frame deep. They are already covering 4 frames pretty thickly. I like the...
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    After Hiving the New Swarm...

    Hi all,

    So I caught a nice big swarm last week (first time!) and stuck them in a 5 frame deep nuc box. They seem to have taken to their new box nicely, and I peeked in there today -- TONS of...
  14. Re: Bee swarm in Berkeley/Oakland: need help

    get in touch with the alameda beekeepers association -- the website has a swarm link, and there's a whole gang of us who pick up swarms in the east bay. it sounds, by the way, like you need an...
  15. Re: Guard bees keeping me a prisoner in my house

    In addition to all that wise advice, have you washed your bee suit/veil after the 'incident'? It's a bit suspicious that they are after you and not the gardener, and perhaps you've got a bunch of...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    Hm, yes, patience is not really my strong suit, I'm afraid. Maybe this is good practice. So as I understand it, I'd add one more frame this weekend, and then see whether they succeed in starting a...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    I checked again this weekend and I definitely have laying workers. The only capped worker brood is on the frame of eggs that I dropped in last Saturday. In a last ditch effort to save the hive,...
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    Re: Sooooo clumbsy!

    welcome to the club... three things I learned in my first year:

    1. wear latex gloves rather than the leather ones. i've been stung only once on the hand in the months i've been using them, small...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    I just looked at Michael Bush's recommendations (http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm) and thought I might try stealing frames with eggs/larvae from my other hive and giving them to the...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    Rats, I spoke too soon... turns out that it wasn't a queen laying eggs, but a worker. Obvious today, with multiple eggs in the cells, and all drones being raised. Never dealt with this before, so am...
  21. Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free

    i'm a year old beekeeper, so take this with the requisite cup of salt, but I don't think there's virtually ANY area where you'll more conflicting advice than on the issue of treatment. as far as I...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    No, I was trying to get in and out quick -- it was cold and windy, and the bees were cranky... but I'll give it a longer look when we get some warmer weather here.
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    Tada! Today there are eggs... whew. I think I made it. Thanks for all the advice.
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    Yes, well, this was my theory as well -- being a newbie, I'm often hard pressed to find the queen, and there are a fair number of bees in this split. So I decided just to look for brood... If I do...
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    Re: When to fuss about a walk away split

    well, judging by my other hive, there are drones aplenty. But sounds like I should keep calm for a little while longer and keep my eye out for eggs/larvae. Thanks all of you!
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