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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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    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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    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

    Hey thanks! I'm down in the bay a few times a month on work. I was in Livermore last week and will be in Vacaville next week. I get into Concord from time to time. The bay is just a little to chilly for me.

    The way I'm understanding it, delivery is once the bees are done with the almonds. They are in bloom for a solid month and are getting ready to start. Delivery is between March 1st-15th. This guy works for a large bee co and is partnered with the SOB (son of boss) on a bunch of hives. They spit a few each year for the backyard bee guys every year. These bees are Italians and are just a short drive away.

    I went over to CountryRubes and got my boxes and bases. Tomorrow I'll be going to Mann Lakes for the rest of my stuff. We'll see how this works out. I'm exited to get these going.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Welcome CBB!
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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Boxes and bottom boards are home. This is what I have picked up for now. Value grade deeps to start and a pile of mediums to add when needed. I'll try to get two hives going to start.


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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Looks good, I like Janet's bottom boards. They do a nice job on them.
    Dan

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    I agree. The bottom boards should work well for me. I'm still researching proper use of them. Tons to learn.

    I did get over to Mann Lake today. They have moved into a new building that I've driven by a million times, and never new what they did. I was able to pick up a list of items one being a bee suite. I was able to try it on before I bought it. Also got a smoker, bee brush, J tool, tops, covers, frame holder, and the 1 1/2 gallon frame feeders.

    I still need to buy frames. I might get the Dadant wood frame plastics. You guys still have not made up my mind yet.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Oh my, it sounds like you've gotten bee fever without having any bees yet! Welcome to Yuba County, there's lots of commercial beeks here so you should have no problem finding your stock to start out with. Which Beeclub have you visited, Sacramento, or Nevada county in Grass Valley? March 1 might be a bit early, hives are not usually done in almonds until around mid month I think. April 1 might be more likely unless you are getting last year's queens. In that case, first to mid march might be feasible.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Bee fever? Is that what they call it? If so, then yes.

    Janet from CountryRubes is with the Nevada County club. I might try to do a class with them. She mentioned I could get on thier swarm call list.

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    Randy Oliver is also a member of that club www.scientificbeekeeping.com
    Dan

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    I've read a few of his articals. Honestly, some of his reports and writings are a few feet north of my ball cap. But I love the why behind what we do, so I've been plowing through a bunch of reading lately.

    I'm not sure if Randy does, but I know there is a guy in the club that offers a class both sit and hands on. I'm going to sign up for it, but I think I might need to pony up the $15 first for club dues first. I'll call the club tomorrow.

    I went to Dadant in Chico today. I picked up reducers and frames. I went with assembed wood pastic insert and got 30 deeps and 60 mediums. I might do a box at my moms house for her garden as well. That would make three hives total. We will see.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Bee-fever already!
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by cerezha View Post
    Bee-fever already!
    I've been getting that fever comment alot lately. Maybe I need to go to the doctor just to get checked. And to get an eppy to keep on hand.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Buy some Benadryl, too.

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by CLICKBANGBANG View Post
    I've been getting that fever comment alot lately. Maybe I need to go to the doctor just to get checked. And to get an eppy to keep on hand.
    Eppy did not hurt, but bee-fever is a chronic condition - you are on the hook already! The only remedy is - to have more bees and equipment! Let your bees will flourish (sorry, ESL)! Sergey
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: New guy in Nor Cal

    Wife & I where at Randy's place a few years ago, at that time he had a few new beekeepers he was working with. He also sells nucs in the spring.
    Its very educational to spend a day helping out around his apiary.
    Dan

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