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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Yes, I'm in Groveland right on Hwy50. Everything looks good, fair amount of bloom open, a lot of bloom getting ready to pop, and the bees were working them hard. I'm probably just being impatient. I don't have any experience with oranges. I'm doing good on drawn comb so far. I haven't had to get into my boxes of foundation yet. Once they get rolling I would like to get them to draw some deep foundation to be used for splits later on this spring.

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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    There is a good chance that the drone pool near your yard is diverse and strong. You may want to consider letting some queens open mate there.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    I planted 10 cells on the 8th when I checked on them yesterday they had all hatched so I'm hoping to see eggs next week when I go. As the bee flies I'm not that far from Miksa so we will see how it goes.

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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Checked hives today. Bloom looks good and flow is strong in my inexperienced opinion.

    After looking at the hives today I'm feeling like this beekeeping thing is easy. Couple more years like this and I'll be able to afford to meet all big time commercial guys in Europe for the post Almond bloom vacation!

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Checked the hives today bloom is in full swing ( did I say that before)
    The grove is buzzing with bees and I'd guess that the last 30% of the bloom will open with in a week or so. The bloom up the road 20 miles seems to be a couple weeks behind. Maybe I'll chase it when I'm done here? I'm hearing other groves are about done.
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    I'm cutting it close on having enough supers I had to build some this week.
    I'm probably putting supers on too soon but my lack of experience is telling me its better to be safe than sorry. I'm adding supers at about 60% and checking hives every week to 10 days.
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    I caught a couple swarms!!!
    I large one in a Nuc and a small one in a 10 frame. Go figure!
    I'd like to think they aren't mine but I'm not sure even though my hives look as I think they should compared to last week.
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    I wish I had more exciting photos to share but maybe it's good I don't.
    There really is no substitute for hands on experience and I'm glad I have the chance to get a feel for it. A large chunk of orange blossom comb full of nectar is something everyone should experience.
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  6. #26
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Mbeck, Good 4 you! I'm enjoying all the details! Keep 'em coming.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    I got the word last week from the grove manager that I need to be out by early next week.
    I went to pull honey today....
    I really need a honey pulling lesson!
    What a mess.
    I bit of family emergency meant that I didn't have time to clear all the supers of bees.
    I should have left them on the ground but.....
    I had to load and go. I got home just before dark so thankfully the hives at the house won't go on a robbing frenzy.
    So here I sit thinking about all the extra work I have clearing these supers of bees in the dark just so I could get home a hour early.
    Any suggestions...other than doing it right the first time?

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    * Sorry for Photo it was taken on a hill!!!

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    my trees just started blooming today. Bees are very active now. Bearding on hive box, but it's almost 90 degrees here
    though

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Done!
    We had a light drizzle so that probably helped.
    I got lucky and had a couple frames of brood in one so I just brushed the majority in with them.
    New hive!

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    What kind of yield per colony?
    Last edited by cg3; 03-18-2013 at 05:17 AM. Reason: i before e
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    What kind of yield per colony?
    That depends who's asking:

    If you keep hives every year in Florida orange groves my answer is two or three deeps.

    If your thinking of coming to Florida next year my answer is about 20# on the ones that didnt get slimed out by SHB.

    Seriously I'm not sure what the total is yet.
    I hate to guess but I'll share my numbers once I get it extracted.

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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    If your thinking of coming to Florida next year my answer is about 20# on the ones that didnt get slimed out by SHB.
    Fair enough. It is tempting after listening to someone who's about to extract honey vs. me, just waiting for the bees to get started.
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    Default Re: Going to Orange Bloosom Thread

    Okay, you can come down just you as long as you promise not to complain about the pizza, Florida drivers or the bugs!

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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    Cool. I'll bring my climbing gear. Can I complain about Disney?
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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    You can complain about Disney as long as you actively violate their policies.

    Climbing gear not needed but can you take some hives up for your summer flow and bring them back in the fall?

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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    Total or subtotal on OB honey?

    I say subtotal meaning if you just weighed without slinging

    The Tampa club guys say NO good so far

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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    Well, I was once ejected from Disneyland.
    But, I'm not sure moving bees to here would be economically rewarding.
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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    I went to pull some hives last night. I couldn't leave until 11 pm but how long could it take?

    Last trip pulling honey I pulled 2-3 frames of brood from each hive and replaced it with blanks. Most of them were loaded with brood.
    I was concerned about them over heating and used it to make up some more hives.

    Wow! Here are a couple photos of some of the hives I didn't take or rather couldn't take.
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    I took home about 1/2 that weren't as loaded as the photos but they are still really strong!
    I worried about loosing them to overheating so when I unloaded I cracked the tops.
    I didn't get a chance to go through them yet but they all seem fine. It was raining this morning but by 2 pm they where robbing out Nucs I was trying to get into and bees were overflowing from entrances and cracked tops.

    Round two tomorrow but I've got a PLAN!!!
    I'm going to go tomorrow during the day and break them down (or take photos of them in the trees). Hopefully a can get them into a more manageable configuration.

  19. #39
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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    I am a bit confused... are you coping with excess honey or excess bees, perhaps both. Either way it sounds like a good problem.... why not add more supers? Short on woodenware?
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    Default Re: Going to the Orange Blossom

    What a fascinating journal of your first orange grove experience! Thanks for sharing and please let us know how it ends up.

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