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    Default My Start to Beekeeping

    Hello Everybody, I'm in So Calif and found a swarm setting up shop in my compost pile in my backyard.



    My property is a registered monarch way station and filled with flowers and host plants. I have re-landscaped 2 neighbors properties to be full of host plants and flowering plants for butterflies and hummingbirds. I have a waterfall/river/pond with in 20 ft of where the swarm set up. So I decided the bee's could stay but that I would need to build a hive for them since I do use my compost pile.




    waiting on bee equipment/supplies then will move my new top bar hive back to the location of my compost pile and transfer them then. I'll post my thought on the transfer and see what you think as i get closer.

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    water feature 20 ft from where i'm going to set up hive

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    Beautiful!

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    thank you very much

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    nice!

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    thirsty

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    Congrats!

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    thank you very much

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    today they have settled in and are doing much better, leaf and branches from rescue in the bottom of top bar, more than i want, since a swarm i'm thinking they filled up with honey and i'm not going to feed them, let them build comb and start foraging for them self. my questions, feed them? and open hive and clean out stuff. i'm thinking it's more important to give them some time in there new hive and get settled in.


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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    needed to clean out my new hive

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    Well things seem to be working but the one swarm I have caught and the 2 trees I have done I left alone for a couple weeks.

    Hank

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    Quote Originally Posted by f4mnect View Post
    needed to clean out my new hive
    right on buddy ! welcome to being a new beek.

    i highly recommend watching and learning from sam comfort and michael bush. and god bless cali. we were born and raised in the riverside area and moved to SE Kansas a couple years ago. cant wait to get back and visit and enjoy the fishing off santa monica pier and some real mexican food hahaha.

    Be Well.

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    They look fairly settled in, congrats.

    I love your comment above about your dog. Ours have never learned to not snap at the "stingy flies" but they do generally just stay away from the hive area so the number of stings drips off quickly.
    Cheers
    Rob

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