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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I went out "real quick" to toss some patties in my hives. I was in a hurry, mistake #1. I put on my jacket and veil but had jeans on. I ticked the off enough that I got stung in the leg. Every...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Snowing here right now too.
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    Re: Honey expectations on a 5-10 hive apiary

    Yep, we're a dry heat. :rolleyes: Great for raising bees, not so great for honey. :ws:


    Add to it that it rained last summer during the blackberry flow, and there was hardly enough honey to...
  4. Re: It's Feb 1 and the bees are making wax already.

    I'll split probably in April when the flow is really good and bee population is gaining fast. (or when I see queen cells if before then)

    I keep an eye on my top box and when it is running out of...
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    Re: Honey expectations on a 5-10 hive apiary

    Interesting link. I'd be thrilled with 33 lbs of honey per hive. CA is so large and diverse in topography, it's really difficult to compare with others in the same state. I knew someone who kept...
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    Re: Difficult apiary site

    No advise, but holy cow, what a mess.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Fantastic pollen sac picture Scorpionmain!
  8. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    We are about a week from the first bloom. The manzanita have some pink buds on them, so they will be opening soon. My Pluot tree is nearing bloom too.
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    Re: new to bees, never been stung, should I?

    Yep, face stings swell a lot. I got nailed on the eyelid and got called Cyclops by my family for a week. I wasn't in the hive when I got stung, but it was my fault.
  10. Re: Trucking bees for almonds...how do they do it??

    I know they lose some bees, because I've seen them coming off the truck, or clinging to the netting as they go down the interstate.
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    Re: 240 Hives stolen, Colusa Ca.

    Not too far from me. How awful. I am seeing the semis with hives going to the valley for the almond bloom.
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    Re: Maui beekeepers?

    Have a fantastic time!
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Oh, that reminds me. Drones have a different "buzz". Don't freak out when you hear a different buzzing sound.
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Bring a camera with you for inspections. I can't tell you how many times I've closed up a hive and come inside and thought, I should have looked at _____. If you have pictures, you can look at them...
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    Re: 2 Queens in one hive- What fun!

    Oh wow, and right next to each other too!
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    Re: Reflective paint?

    I definitely don't get as hot as you, but we do get about a week in the 115 range. I use screened bottom boards and telescoping top covers. No particular reason, other than that is what was...
  17. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    My bees aren't headed to the almonds, I just have seen many in the area disappearing for the almonds. Then they will be back for the mandarin bloom. I'm sure I'll be seeing the semi trucks full of...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    A brief break in the rain, and the bees were out. Everything from hauling off the dead, foraging and even a few orientation flights. It's 54* and sunny outside, so they had better enjoy it before...
  19. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    Yes, we are getting a lot of rain. (And a great amount of snow in the mountains). I've had difficulty getting out there to prune my raspberries and grapes because it is raining so often. I'm not...
  20. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    The OP isn't as far east as I am, but my hives are brooding up as well. (with patties) I want them to brood up, as the manzanita will be blooming soon and they will need the foragers to bring in the...
  21. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    I've been using patties from last year that were frozen. I thaw them and give them to the bees. They are doing great.

    Found out by mistake that my dog likes them too.
  22. Re: Northern CA folks - when do you set out your swarm traps?

    I'm not putting out the trap now. The hives are gone for the moment, probably moved for the almond bloom in the valley. They'll be back, and when they are back, my trap will go out.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It was in the 50's today, so I made a visit to my hives. I didn't open them, but I saw foragers bringing in 2 colors of pollen. The manzanita and my fruit trees are getting buds on them, so we will...
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    Re: In WAY over my head!

    Smoke will really help get the bees down in the hive so you can have a proper look. It sounds like you have a super strong hive, which is good! If you decide you want 2 hives, then do a walk away...
  25. Re: Northern CA folks - when do you set out your swarm traps?

    Well, looks like I'm going to get the swarm trap out earlier than I thought. I was at MIL's house today, and her strawberry tree is in bloom and the bees and hummingbirds are all over it. The...
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