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  1. California 1st Annual Honey Harvest Festival.

    In collaboration with the city of Fillmore California and the Fillmore Western Railway, Bennett's Honey Farm is excited to present the first annual California Honey Harvest Festival. This will be a...
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    Re: Copper Naphthenate

    Tom, I think you misunderstood me.

    I was refering to another chemical (Not Copper Naphthenate).

    Cupric gluconate or Copper Gluconate

    Here's some info on it's usage with bees.
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    Managment Services

    I have a question for the commercial guys. Some bee keepers send there bees to the almonds and contract out the care of the bees too other bee keepers that are local to California. I.E. Un-loading...
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    Longer Version

    Here's a link to a longer version. Click Here.
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    Word of Caution.

    I took a look at your profile to see were you lived. South Florida is an area that has Africanized honey bees, and one of the habit’s of Africanized bee’s is nesting in low lying areas, like gas and...
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    Nosema Cerana

    This week I attended Sue Cobey’s class on queen rearing at the Harry Laidlaw Honey Bee Research Facility. On the second day of the course Eric Mussen gave a lecture on some of the findings concerning...
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    portable grafting room

    Has anyone seen a portable grafting room. I'm looking for idea's for layout, design and easy transportation.
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    In The Almonds

    These images were taken yesterday (02-29-08) about 30 miles north of Bakersfield, outside of Delano. It was a great day with a little fog in the morning, burning off by about 10 o'clock. The...
  9. Thread: 2008

    by Jeff Gratton
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    Happy 2008

    Happy New Year!!!!!!

    See you all at the National Beekeeping Conference.
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    Bee Bunker

    I was at my apiary, which is located next to avocado and orange groves. I noticed the bees working the blossoms and decided to take some pictures. As I was walking around an orange tree I noticed...
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    I stand corrected.

    Your right, they are swarm, I corrected above -Thanks
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    Because I live in Africa

    Southern California is AHB country. I would love to be able to use standard practices to re-queen my hives, but because of the AHB problem I need to be careful of the genetic stock of my colonies....
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    Spring Inspection Post #3

    These pictures are from a colony I inspected last weekend.

    There located in Ventura County, California. I found about a dozen swarm cells in it. -- Time to make splits?

    I took one of the...
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    Spring Inspection Post #2

    These pictures are from a colony I inspected last weekend.

    There located in Ventura County, California. I found about a dozen swarm cells in it. -- Time to make splits?

    I took one of the...
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    Spring Inspection Post #1

    These pictures are from a colony I inspected last weekend.

    There located in Ventura County, California. I found about a dozen swarm cells in it. -- Time to make splits?

    I took one of the...
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    Rubber Bands

    Rubber bands work good..
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    Brood Comb

    What you see in the photos is about a third of the comb. The new (White) comb was full of eggs and the rest had plenty of regular broad. As I removed the comb I exposed layers behind that Big Piece...
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    Feral Colony Removal

    I removed two (2) hives from one wall at a communications company cell site.

    The colonies were gentle considering I ran a skill saw with a carbide blade across the top of there home.

    Both...
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