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  1. #21
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    Apr 2011
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    Greenbrae, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    Regarding honey production in this dry year... I am in Marin and have very mixed results. My backyard hives in southern Marin that typically produce 2-3 mediums of honey this year range from none (and feeding them) to 2 (right next door to the one I'm feeding!). Most have less than one full super. I have several hives in rural west Marin that had no surplus until the last several weeks when they started bringing in what I believe is buckwheat nectar (a dark color), though they have less than a full super each. I have been giving the hives a pollen patty, some have been devouring it and others pretty much leave it alone.

    I did get a decent spring honey crop, but nothing special. Overall hives are in OK shape for winter but definitely need attention and feeding as necessary.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    Its looking like I might get a couple buckets max from 14 hives this year. I'll need to do some feeding this fall.
    Didn't feel the quake, a friend in Napa lost several antiques off shelves, & had a shelf fall on his car.
    Dan

  3. #23
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    May 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    I got a box of capped honey on any full size hive, had to feed anything under 10 frames but the bees look good. Urban hives in Elk Grove put up a deep and three mediums for the year each.

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