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    Default When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    I am planning to take my hives down to California in January when would the queens start laying eggs if I took them down there?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Our bees are a little north of sac and got 3-4 frames capped brood now. We feed sub so they never stop laying. Also the lighter queens lay more than dark queens.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAK View Post
    Our bees are a little north of sac and got 3-4 frames capped brood now. We feed sub so they never stop laying. Also the lighter queens lay more than dark queens.
    do u also feed them syrup? if so how much? its gotta be cold there to now

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Just moving them stimulates the queens to lay. How much and if they keep it up, I don't know.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Just moving them stimulates the queens to lay. How much and if they keep it up, I don't know.
    I have friends who will be feeding syrup to them and placing pollen sub

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by azbees View Post
    do u also feed them syrup? if so how much? its gotta be cold there to now
    Yes, I gave them second Gal last Saturday of 66 sucrose. They suck it down in a day. Bees will receive another gal first week of Jan.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Via buckets or inside feeders?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by Father & Sons Apiary View Post
    I have friends who will be feeding syrup to them and placing pollen sub
    Your trusting someone to feed your bees? Just remember NO ONE will ever take as well care of your bees as you would. Unless they are getting most of your pollination money. Just want to point that out because if your a beekeeper and you want good bees... you have to take care of them yourself.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    We have 1 gal feeders inside every hive.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    so I'm assuming you will make some splits before almonds? are u purchasing queens?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    yes we split.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAK View Post
    Your trusting someone to feed your bees? Just remember NO ONE will ever take as well care of your bees as you would. Unless they are getting most of your pollination money. Just want to point that out because if your a beekeeper and you want good bees... you have to take care of them yourself.
    The good friend who will be taking care of them is a Pastor in a Slavic Church and he does not want any money. I help him take is bees up here to Oregon, and then he helps me back.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Do you get paid for pollination for the splits?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by Father & Sons Apiary View Post
    Do you get paid for pollination for the splits?
    yes...

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Rak, what's the earliest you reared queens?( if you do rear)
    you think you have drones before almonds

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    I'm wondering if there is anyone that raises queens in Jan besides Hawaii.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    I wouldnt see how a queen could mate in the winter.

    Hawaii is the only place to get them. We also overwinter small 3 frame nucs.

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAK View Post
    I wouldnt see how a queen could mate in the winter.

    Hawaii is the only place to get them. We also overwinter small 3 frame nucs.
    How much do you pay for one queen?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    I will be paying $21.
    Rak, how do u overwinter your nucs, do u put them in top of strong hives?

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    Default Re: When do queens start laying in Sacremento?

    No, we move the nucs to CA. Nucs dont need additional warmth as long as they have stores.

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