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  1. #1
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    Cool New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Hi everyone I'm a beekeeper in training living in San Ramon, bay area California - I've been hosting a couple of hives for a friend for the last 9 months, have really enjoyed the experience so bought my own hive, suite etc - No bees in the hive as I seem to have missed the "bee pack purchase" opportunity (Everywhere seems sold out). Any one know of a place I can get bees and a queen?

    I will need lots of advice so be patient as I'm probably going to ask lots of dumb questions :-) Hopefully that will correct itself over time and I can start to give back!

    All the best

    Dermot

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Welcome to the fourm. I can't help with bees but there are a lot of beeks on here from California they may be able to help.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Thanks guys, so you guys are called "beeks" Birdman? - LOL

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Hey, welcome to the forum.

    Pink Cow is near you. He might have something for you, maybe. But if not I have some established hives.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    I was just lazy didn't want to spell the whole word.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Hi Jip, thanks for the tip - Pink cow, that conjures up all sorts if weird images :-)

    Lets keep talking, I'm keen to populate the hive asap

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    I was just lazy didn't want to spell the whole word.
    No I love it, I'm going to get a tee shirt printed up - Or even better have it added to my bee suit - "The NORCAL BEEKs"

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Look like you might be a beek soon. good luck and enjoy your new hobby.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    You said you friend had two hives at your place. Why not buy a queen and make a split from them. Just a thought.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    I thought about that, however one of the hives has just gone back and the other (Still in my yard) swarmed several times just recently. I'm concerned that the remaining hive may not be big enough now to allow for a split. Is there any way of knowing if the hive is big enough?

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    open it an look if they swarmed the queen didn't have any where to lay.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    They were out of space, so i've added another super to allow from growth. My question is how do I now establish if the remaining colony is big enough to split again?

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Swarmed and you didn't catch them?

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    BTW, I PM'ed Pink Cow - Ed, said he'll contact you.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Many thanks for the PM, I appreciate it!

    Tried to catch the swarm but no luck!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jip View Post
    BTW, I PM'ed Pink Cow - Ed, said he'll contact you.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    all you need is a couple frames of brood a frame of pollin and a frame of honey. If the were out of room they should be plenty of all. After they are going you can alway move frames around to help the weak hive.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Do I need to ensure there is a queen cell on one of those frames? Also do u recommend a sirup feeder until the hire recovers its strength and raises a queen?

    Cheers
    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    all you need is a couple frames of brood a frame of pollin and a frame of honey. If the were out of room they should be plenty of all. After they are going you can alway move frames around to help the weak hive.

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    I would buy a queen that way she will lay soon after her release. Feed the split, if the hive has swarmed there should be plenty of store. They will make a queen if they are young eggs in the frames this takes around three week .

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    Default Re: New guy from the Bay Area NORCAL

    Thanks Birdman

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    I would buy a queen that way she will lay soon after her release. Feed the split, if the hive has swarmed there should be plenty of store. They will make a queen if they are young eggs in the frames this takes around three week .

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