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

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    Beautiful!

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    thank you very much

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    nice!

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    thirsty

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    awesome! and good for you!!!!

    love seeing stuff like this.

    best of luck with the bees
    Zone4A
    “We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.” -Maclean

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    Default Re: My Start to Beekeeping

    lol you know how bee's are, built my hive, waiting on all my gear, it arrived monday, all my bee's flew away sunday afternoon. but i'm a member of the local beekeepers group and am going on a cut out tomorrow so may have a replacement then. but with bee's gone and a day off it gave me time to move my composter and set up my hive in the location i want it.

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    lid about 4 inches from fence, entrance about 10 inches. but with a Labrador who likes to eat bees needed the entrance away from yard and direct access to my dog.




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    It must have gotten too hot in the compost bin. Good luck on the cut-out! Hope you get the queen!

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    well i got bee's, last night rescues a swarm and installed them in my hive. well it's a mess in my backyard this morning, bee's everywhere. after transferring a swarm to my hive last night, this morning i have 3 clumps of bee's, 2 on fence and one on bottom of hive. maybe 40% of bees in those clumps and it seams the rest are airborn and swarming, so i guess it's just wait and see what there going to decide to do at this point.

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    about 40% still inside and clumped on the combs i had in there

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    got them to calm down and most into hive, i added a few bags of sugar water to help them, tomorrow i'll get inside hive and clean up a little and put feeder inside
    and install cover



    And Sue, she's my favorite, so sweet

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    Congrats!

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    thank you very much

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    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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    needed to clean out my new hive

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