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  1. #1
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    Default Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    After suffering 50% and 100% losses at most of my sites, it was nice to open these two in Monte Sereno(95030) this week. They were caught as bait swarms in San Jose(95123) very late, May and June, wintered in Hillsborough(94010), and moved back down to 95030 in February. They are yellow and fairly calm, seem to me to be from a domestic strain, as in swarmed from somebody's package bees. As they came so late after our flow, they were fed in summer a few quarts of honey syrup. They wintered with other similar swarms that died from our mysterious die off. Keith must have overlooked those hives when he sneaked in to feed these two a giant patty.




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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    That is 1-2 miles from me. I can tell you that almost all hives that made it through the winter down here look like that. We are already getting large swarms. I have hives where they are drawing comb in supers and filling now....

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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    Fuzzy, what kind of losses did people see in Santa Clara? My Monte Sereno site lost 100%.

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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    Frank,

    Always good to see bees that look like the ones back in the "old days."

    Any box that looks this good anytime of the year would make most bee guys ecstatic.

    I'm sure once Keith sees this he will be checking his calendar. His blue boxes look like that 2 days before Christmas..... and with a very, very, baritone low dead-out rate.

    Graft from them.

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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    Looks like Keith put more than one of those 3 lb patties in there.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    Odfrank,

    I am collecting info from the guild members but many are reluctant to disclose ??

    Based on reports from 9 people and 43 hives the survival rate is 65-70%. Almost everyone on SBB's. From conversations at our meetings it seems that the beekeepers with the most experience seem to have more problems ( losses ).

    The ones that are reporting 7/8, 4/4, and 6/7 still alive are all using "soft" treatments or none at all. And likely on combs that have never had any chemicals. Personally, I was 4/4 surviving, for the second year in a row and I don't use anything except some "BT" to keep the wax moths at bay overwinter.

    Now I cannot explain exactly why but I am beginning to think that it is the forage that I have available. During the year we have tons of lavendars, sages, and herbs available. I also have some specific lavendars and rosemary plants that bloomed most of the winter.
    The bees are working all of these heavily all year so perhaps they bring home essential oils that help control the pests. I also rotate the older comb out of the hives every 3-4 years.

    Don't know, but I like it !! -- Fuzzy

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    Default Re: Has Keith Jarrett Been Feeding My Bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    Odfrank,
    ...I am beginning to think that it is the forage that I have available. During the year we have tons of lavendars, sages, and herbs available. I also have some specific lavendars and rosemary plants that bloomed most of the winter.
    The bees are working all of these heavily all year so perhaps they bring home essential oils that help control the pests.
    Probably a lot of truth right there!

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