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  1. #1
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    Default Honey flow in northern california

    I live in Contra Costa County. When do folks around here usually harvest their fall honey?

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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    We pulled honey a couple weeks ago, & will probably harvest more before winter.
    Dan

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    How much (on average) per colony?

    How many colonies do you have?

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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    Hi Neighbor,
    Last Year we got over 100# per hive. The other weekend we pulled 250# from 3 hives.
    I have a friend in Martinez, for some reason he never gets any extra in his backyard hives. So what happens in my yard might not happen in yours
    Have you checked out Mount Diablo Beekeepers assoc? Good club.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    Mike S from MDBK gave my daughter her first hive (which I am now taking care of).

    I have been to some meetings and they are good folks. My Thursdays are often busy, though. I'm just sort of muddling my way through this whole bee sitting while my daughters claim to have never asked for these bees in the first place

    150# from 3 hives? They're better producers than mine.

    We're in Danville and last year we got 80# total from two hives (40 in July & 40 in September). This year I have 3 hives but only pulled 20# from them in July.

    I checked them out this weekend & 1 had a pretty full super (I put another super on), another had 3-4 frames full, and the other had bees in the super -- but not a lot of comb or honey. I'm lazy and only want to harvest once in the fall, so I'm wondering whether I should wait until October.

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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    Hi,
    I know Mike, he is a good beekeeper. My wife is the one who lines up the guest speakers for the meetings.
    Our second harvest looks like it will be late this year also. Wouldn't be surprised if we do it in Oct.
    Maybe I'll meet you at one of the meetings there will be one next week.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Honey flow in northern california

    I'm in Los Altos so it differs a little from your area. But this year the flow has been strong! Strong hives 5 mediums high, getting 100+ pounds with another 30-40 pounds in a medium I left on top. The bees in my area aren't drawing new comb right now.

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