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    Re: Marin hybrid package bees

    Marin County CA, just north of SF. I live nearby and have caught a lot of local swarms but have no illusion that they are "hybrid". Half of them have marked queens, probably packages that have...
  2. Thread: California honey

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    Re: California honey

    I added supers to a couple hives in my backyard in Marin yesterday that were booming and running out of room....but others next door have plenty of room left.
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    Re: Honey expectations on a 5-10 hive apiary

    I have hives in southern Marin, west Marin, and Lake County, so to your south and north. Total of about a dozen hives. Particularly with the recent drought it's hard to generalize, particularly if...
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    Trucking bees for almonds...how do they do it??

    I'm curious about the logistics and economics of trucking bees across the country for CA's almond pollination. Can someone fill me in?

    Lets start with a beekeeper in say FL that has a...
  5. Re: Northern CA folks - when do you set out your swarm traps?

    Adding to what others have said... first reported swarm in Marin last year was early March, but really got busy in April. Agree to have them out by March 1.
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    Re: what to do with dwindling hive?

    Not much you can do this time of the year... likely best to just keep it closed as Old-timer says and hope that they make it. Always better to take losses in winter than to spend too much...
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    Re: news paper combine question

    No - What he means is that if there is a queen in the hive (virgin or not) the bees won't build queen cells, but if it's queenless they will. If there is a queen you just end up adding extra bees,...
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    Re: news paper combine question

    No need to do this. Just stick them in a new hive and put them next to your other hive. Sure, some bees might go back to the original hive, but not enough to worry about (and you can just swap the...
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    Re: A guide to buying package bees.

    Here is a good video that shows how packages are made. A scale is indeed used. There are other similar videos on YouTube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKWVq-bZ9Ok

    This one is more detailed and...
  10. Re: Newb question: Any chance my bees will swarm in October?

    I just caught a swarm here in SF Bay Area - a small one with a marked queen.
  11. Re: What to do with queen and small cluster of bees in NorCal?

    Thanks - I moved them into a nuc and shook in some nurse bees from another hive. will check on it in a week or so and see how it's doing.
  12. What to do with queen and small cluster of bees in NorCal?

    Hi - I went to a friends place where we both have bees yesterday and found that one hive has a very low bee population (maybe one frame), no brood, but still has a marked queen that had been a good...
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    Re: Costco starter kit

    It's right next to the airport and is a heck of a lot cheaper than most other places. We always stop there after flying in and load the rental car with stuff for the condo.

    I saw the Costco...
  14. Re: How to get bees from irrigation box into nuc...

    I've seen JP the Beeman do that on his videos. In this case I didn't want to do it as the entrance to the nuc was right on top of the irrigation box and I didn't want to drive bees too far from the...
  15. Re: How to get bees from irrigation box into nuc...

    I went back this afternoon and took a look - most of the bees had moved into the nuc. Problem solved by doing nothing!
  16. How to get bees from irrigation box into nuc...

    Hi - yesterday a friend and I were called out to remove a feral hive from an irrigation box. There was no electrical outlet available so we couldn't use a vacuum. We cut all the comb out of the box...
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    Re: Are all the bees above a QE nurse bees?

    Thanks JW - did as you recommended today and have a nice new nuc going. Only took a couple hours for the frames to be covered with bees.
  18. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    I looked at the nuc again and still no signs of eggs/larvae despite an active queen. She's had enough time, I'll replace her with a purchased queen tomorrow.
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    Are all the bees above a QE nurse bees?

    I am going to make a split today with a purchased queen and was thinking that it would be easy to shake a bunch of bees from above a QE into a nuc, add some frames with stores and brood, and then add...
  20. Re: Northern CA Beekeepers - Super questions for you

    This year I will get three harvests from my central Marin hives. My west Marin hives have little surplus, same for some in Lake County. It's very dependent on your immediate neighborhood.
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    Re: What power supply to get for OAV?

    I use this exact one - works fine for at least four hives in a row.
  22. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Beepro - thanks for your comments and I agree completely that queens should be actively laying new bees now in preparation for winter. Just odd that this one doesn't want to get going. I don't have...
  23. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    To update this - five days later and the nuc has taken almost none of the syrup but has devoured much of the pollen patty. Still no signs at all of eggs or brood. I watched the queen march around -...
  24. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Thanks all for your replies and input. The nuc has plenty of undrawn comb to lay in. The flow here has slowed, but there still is some nectar and pollen coming in. While the hive has stores of...
  25. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Thanks - but as I mentioned the nuc has plenty of both pollen and honey.
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