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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Goleta, CA USA
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    9

    Default Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    After what was the start of year 3 without bess for our fruit trees we rented 3 hives (to put at 2 locations.) After a couple of months and acceptance by the family (ie. nobody got harrased by the bees) we decided to have our own hives for the future. We got started later in the year ordering bees and ended up on a waiting list. We ended up buying the 2 rental hives at the one location and the 2 new hives bees finally arrived in early June for a total of 3 hives in one location and 1 hive in another.

    We started with just single deep hives and have now added additional deeps to 3 of the 4 hives. Both of the rental hives swarmed. One of them recovered quite well (it now has a second deep), the other not so well. We will be checking it this weekend to see wether succesfully it produced a new queen. We aren't sure how it will do. Our check 2 weeks ago had only one capped queen cell and 2-3 frames of capped drone cells but very few capped worker cells. We had a local person help us with the initial hive inspections.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Devils Lake, North Dakota
    Posts
    9,183

    Default Re: Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    Welcome Mark, look forward to your future posts.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Santa Barbara, Ca.
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    24

    Default Re: Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    Hey Mark:
    I'm a new beek as well, with only one hive. I am rather close to you compared to most folks in the group..right off Modoc Rd near Las Positas. Perhaps we can share hive stories sometime!

    - Jeff -

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, CA USA
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    1,209

    Default Re: Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    Welcome, I'm not too far away down in Westlake Village. I've got 8 hives plus a struggling little observation hive, and just harvested some great sage honey.

    Always love an excuse to bring the kayak (and/or wife) up to Santa Barbara area; let me know if you ever need help.

    PM me or you can call 818-439-9233.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Noleta, Santa Barbara, California
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    8

    Default Re: Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    Hello Neighbors,

    I also live in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area and am interested in bees.

    I've read a bunch of books on the topic, but books can only take you so far. I wonder if I could accompany a local beekeeper on a hive inspection, maybe learn more about local conditions.

    I have a veil and a flexible schedule.

    Thanks in advance -

    Mark M.
    452-2405

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