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  1. #1
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    Default Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Hello new friends!

    I've been lurking on here awhile, figured it was time to get an account and say howdy. Originally from Arkansas, I've somehow made it out to Los Angeles and am a full time fashion designer, part time beekeeper. Yes, in the city. No, not on a roof top. At someone's house. Someone who doesn't have an apt. like me, but a beautiful place with lots of fruit trees, gardens, and now - several hives, some of which are mine.

    I have 2 hives - one I started in April from a cut-out of a BBQ hive, and one from another cut-out that is just now big enough to sit in it's own medium box (the smaller one is new, but happy!) This means both hives are from "feral" bees.

    My first hive is 4 med's tall and thriving, my 2nd is 1 med tall and I started feeding it this week (we're heading into fall dearth).

    I'm running them chemical free and with foundationless frames. So far, so good.

    I'm excited to be a part of your bee community, and look forward to reading, learning, and meeting you all!

    Best,
    Summer

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Welcome!
    I m betting your bees do great in the city with all the irrigation

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Welcome Summer!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    Welcome!
    I m betting your bees do great in the city with all the irrigation
    Yes indeed. They certainly love the landscaping with all the flowers, and the enormous pools everywhere for water.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Welcome,
    You'll need to be aware of the africanized bees down there. Don't have them in my area yet.
    Dan

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    yes...Africanized. The County of Los Angeles believes all feral bees in my area should be considered Africanized. However, as long as precautions are taken (wear a veil and some gloves, silly) and a little bee sense is used (and smoke), they're very easy to work. At least, mine are. And most of the people in the club I belong to keep feral bees. Very few have problems with their hives going hot. Thank goodness, right? I hope the Africanized problem really is as overblown and overhyped as I believe it to be.

    Thanks for the kind welcome, everyone!

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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Welcome Summer!

    If you haven't already, you might consider checking out this local LA area club.

    Brian

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Hello! New Beekeeper - Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

    Hi Brian!

    That is the very club I belong to. You obviously have impeccable taste!

    -Summer

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