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  1. #1
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    Default In Petaluma Tonight...

    This Thursday, Feb. 16th
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    Free Workshop
    ‘Swarms and How to Collect Them’
    Join us this Thursday evening, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. North in downtown Petaluma, when Kenwood Beekeeper Randy Sue Collins returns—this time to share tips on how to collect honeybee swarms as well as additional ways to acquire bees for your hive. Randy Sue has a contagious enthusiasm for raising these fascinating pollinators. Learn more

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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    Thanks for sharing the info.
    Dan

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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    You probably ought to go to this Dan if you're going to compete with Jollie Ollie.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    Interesting meeting although she was a bit unorganized and did not get to swarms until the end...did much beekeeping 101 stuff first and is a sugar hater so spewed many opinions on same.

    The interesting part I found was she will use a deep super and hang medium frames without the bottom and let the queen etc build comb downward extending way beyond what they would if the frame had a bottom. She says it mickics the natural hive a bit more. Then she will put a honey super with frames with bottoms on top when they are ready to expand.

    She does not treatments at all, does not try to prevent swarming (tries to catch them instead), did not cover swarm traps at all but just signing up for swarm lists and going after them. She also gave a few good hints on cutting costs which I liked!

    Did anyone else make it? The room was pretty full....

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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    Thanks for the heads up CaBees!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    Its funny, everyone we've asked to speak on swarm prevention went way off topic also.
    Still enjoyable to listen too though.
    Dan

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    Default Re: In Petaluma Tonight...

    Odfrank stays on topic and he's also hilarious. It's like watching a beekeeping show on Comedy Central.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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