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  1. #1
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    Default New guy in Nor Cal

    Hello! I'm looking to do a few backyard boxes very soon. I just registered to say hi. I'm still looking into picking up my boxes and bees. I'm here in Northern California outside of Yuba City. The weather will be nice and my few fruit trees blooming very soon. I'm exited to getting started!

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    Rock Port, MO. USA.
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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Welcome. And congratulations on your beekeeping venture. When you get your bees, do take lots of pictures for show and tell.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Welcome!

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Welcome, you're in a good area to start beekeeping. You don't have to drive very far to buy them.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  5. #5
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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Thanks for the welcome guys! I pick up my boxes and bases today. Tomorrow I'll get my tops, frames, tools, and gear. I should be ready for bees in a few days.

    Edit-- It looks like the soonest I can get bees is March 1. A local guy is selling three frame frames and queen splits. I'm going to join a local club for swarm call. The club said there is only one other member signed up for my area.
    Last edited by CLICKBANGBANG; 02-04-2013 at 04:33 PM.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Welcome from Concord. March 1st might be a little early for his splits to work well. Sometimes the breeders have problems getting them out April first depending on local weather for queen breeding.
    Dan

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    How will this work for a hive location (by the cinder blocks)? This is an unused corner of yard between a chicken yard and a few fruit trees. I'd leave enough room to get behind the hives to get the screened bottom board cover and tray out. The plumb tree would shade the boxes for a few hours of the day in the summer when the leaves are on. It might help the bees stay cool. The winter the leaves wont be on and the hive will get sun all day. Closest neighbors are a few hundred feet away from this location. And its 60' to my shop so I don't think that will be a problem.

    Also, what is the best way to water the bees in summer? I'll have frame feeders till they are established. But it doesn't rain for nine months of the year here and there isn't a natural water source around. It gets evil hot and there is very low humidity and extremely dry. I was thinking an auto filling dog bowl with rocks in it to keep the drownings down.


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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    If the entrance to the hive is facing toward the left (facing south-east), you might want to grow some climbing vines (like pole beans?) on the fence around it to help with shading it. Mine is sort of surrounded by blackberry bushes.

    For providing water, you could use a chicken waterer so you don't have to keep refilling it more than once every 3-4 days (depending on how big it is). It might also be helpful to put the waterer in the shade so it doesn't heat up the water inside. This is an example. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...lectedIndex=60

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    There are lots of beeks that believe that full sun hive placement assists in keeping small hive beetles under control. My current hives get shade during high sun, but the new hives I will be establishing this spring will see low and high sun.

    And I think a dog waterer with rocks will work fine for bees. Mine drink out of an open rain barrel with wood scraps floating for landing pads.
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

  10. #10
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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    i like the chicken waterer with small rocks in it.
    Looks like a good location. Its best if the entrances face E or SE to get the bees up & working early. The afternoon summer shade would be good also. None of these things are mandatory, but if you have an option consider them.
    Shouldn't have any beetle problems where you live.
    Dan

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