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    Re: Question about second hive body

    In southern California, my double deep hives were difficult to manage - they get really strong. I am trying a single deep with a medium on 2 hives. So far so good.

    We have intermittent flows all...
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    Re: Undercover Boss - Orkin killing bees

    I think Tenbears approach is constructive. While it's true that companies such as Orkin are in the business of killing unwanted bees, the approach of explaining the benefit of relocation over...
  3. Thread: defensive bees

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    Re: defensive bees

    My hive responded in a similar manner a few weeks ago. When I took off the top super, the hive exploded with bees. I had around 50 follow me through the yard. By the time I went inside, some where...
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    Re: Double Deeps in Southern California

    Thank you. That is very helpful, and is my inclination.

    The main reason I am reluctant to split or requeen is they are very productive, but as I mentioned, they are very unhappy when the hive...
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    Double Deeps in Southern California

    I have been running a double deep hive for about 4 or 5 years in the southern California area, USDA zone 10A I think.

    This afternoon, the hive swarmed. Prior to that, they had been unusually...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    April 1, 2013, USDA zone 10b. Lost a large swarm.
  7. Thread: Ornery bees

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    Re: Ornery bees

    I have similar issue. Double deep hive, originally Italian. They already swarmed once, are really productive, but more aggressive than I would like. I am thinking of doing a split so I can run...
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    Re: Need Info from California Beekeepers

    Well, its really more of what is it you want to do. Each of the activities you list are options "fun including climbing gear, mountain biking, wakeboarding, surfing, kiteboarding, longboarding,...
  9. Re: how far away are your bees from where you live?

    My hive is right outside my bedroom. We live with the city limits of los angeles in an "RA" zoned area (beekeeping is allowed). I give the neighbors honey and have not had complaints.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    March 8, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA. It was big enough that I could hear them in the top of a big eucalyptus tree before I saw them. Probably from my hive too, unfortunately.
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    Re: Late October Swarm?

    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, we are in USDA zone 10B. We get regular frosts from December through February, with an occasional dip into the 20's at night.

    I don't think it will get below the...
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    Late October Swarm?

    Well, it looks like I had a small swarm come from my hive today. I thought it would be too late in the year to worry about that, but I guess not. I'm in Southern California and it's still been in...
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    Re: Too late for super?

    I only have one colony, and only for a few years, but yes, I would add a super. Our spring is turning to June Gloom (Southern California speak for the late spring/early summer pattern of cool,...
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    Re: Putting hives on someone else's property

    I'm in what seems to be a more populated area based on your post, although I have chickens also. My professional side says be careful, but in a more rural setting, I would do what Vance suggests,...
  15. Thread: Bee dun?

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    Re: Bee dun?

    It doesn't list the ingredients, but says it's all natural essential oils with no alcohol. It smell nice - not like vomit covered with cherries, and it seemed to work. I just couldn't find any...
  16. Thread: Bee dun?

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    Re: Bee dun?

    I was shipped Bee Dun instead of Bee Quick, which is what I ordered.

    I was annoyed, but I decided to try it anyway. It seemed to work.

    It was about 75 out and I let the fume board sit in the...
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    Re: is this normal bearding?

    I see that often when it is warm. Looks cool.
  18. Re: homemade mobile honey crush and strain extraction apparatus (pic, 3 min video)

    I have used the same method for 2 seasons now - I only have one hive at the moment. I have not had any trouble with the bees rebuilding the comb after I scraped the honey and comb off.

    And I also...
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    Re: Waiting for my bees!

    It was quite wet in California last week, both north and south, but it is 95 today.

    "The bees are buzzing in the trees making honey just for me"
  20. Thread: Bee Suit

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    Re: Bee Suit

    I have had a bee hive for 3 years now. Usually I use jeans, a long sleeve shirt and standard work gloved. If I'm harvesting, which I could probably start doing this weekend, I wear the bee gloves...
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    Re: Beekeeping, dogs, neighbors, and lawsuits

    I have about a 1/2 acre lot, a dog and chickens in a residential area in Los Angeles.

    The dogs will learn fast in my experience, so it it were me, I wouldn't worry about that.

    I put my hive on...
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    Bees go to Light?

    This morning when I woke up at about 6:00 a.m. I turned on my bedside lamp (a full spectrum lamp). At the time, it was still dark outside.

    Within a few minutes, I heard what sounded like rain...
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    Re: Possum Problems?

    Possums here are nasty. One tried to kill our chickens a few weeks ago, and I think they ate my tomato plants. The dog keeps them away from the bees for the most part, but if one tried to get them,...
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    Re: Bees Working Black Eyed Pea Stems

    I don't know about the peas, but bees can see ultraviolet reflections from certain fungus.
  25. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    I bought a 3# package with a Russian queen last year for my first hive. I got them because they were supposed to be somewhat mite resistant.

    By December, the hive was dead. It never was that...
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