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    Telling the bees - can be therapeutic

    Custom of telling the bees:
    https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/04/the-adorable-custom-of-telling-bees.html

    I’ve told my bees all about Mason Reed Wilson. Mason was born on February 8, 1999 and...
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    Don’t be too hard on yourself AR1. 1) If you...

    Don’t be too hard on yourself AR1. 1) If you originally started with all swarm catches, swarm are likely older queens with lower survival rates, unless the hive manages to requeen. (Or you can force...
  3. OdFrank - 1) Confirmed Africanized bees in...

    OdFrank -
    1) Confirmed Africanized bees in Pleasanton - ask Ronni, President of Alameda County Beekeepers Association (ACBA) she had a government document stating where Africanized bees been found...
  4. 1) Bad: Lost 3 of 4 hives I over-wintered. Very...

    1) Bad: Lost 3 of 4 hives I over-wintered. Very mild winter means higher bee lost in sunny CA.
    Good: successfully combined Queenless hive with Queen-right that blew down in storm and lost critical...
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    I live in California - SF suburb so backyard...

    I live in California - SF suburb so backyard space is limited. I like to keep 3-6 hives in my backyard; anything over 8 has to go. Usually I overwinter 4 (this year it’s 3 hives and 2 nucs). I...
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    Thanks for the input. After further observations...

    Thanks for the input. After further observations and research I do believe they are older veteran foragers who has lost all of their yellow fuzz from fighting. They’re extremely aggressive and...
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    I’ve seen honey covered wet bees before- this is...

    I’ve seen honey covered wet bees before- this is not it. My only other explanation is that my OA fogger burned all the yellow hair off these bees. But then again they would have been found in my...
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    Totally Black Honeybee

    My nuc was being robbed out by feral bees that were almost completely black - only a few small yellow strips on belly, but top of body completely black. The first few I saw outside my other hives I...
  9. A “treatment-free” pleasant-style beekeeper kept...

    A “treatment-free” pleasant-style beekeeper kept buying packages every spring because she kept losing her hive. Someone told her she needed two hives so she could split or otherwise help weaker one....
  10. If you manage your hive - however you choose to...

    If you manage your hive - however you choose to manage it from weekly to monthly to seasonally- that’s your prerogative. What makes me mad is those who know nothing and attempt to learn nothing...
  11. Confusing in treatment free vs mis-treating bees

    I’m doing my due diligence on treatment free beekeeping and there is a backlash against those beekeepers because many here in urban California tote themselves as “treatment free” when in actuality...
  12. JW - you’re right it was in July or August .......

    JW - you’re right it was in July or August .... I was gone all June.
  13. I have Bee Health Guru app and in spring when my...

    I have Bee Health Guru app and in spring when my hives were healthy, the app register all my hives as so (maybe default position?). It recently neglected to read my two queenless hive splits. It...
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    I use 1/2” plexi glass and works just fine. I do...

    I use 1/2” plexi glass and works just fine. I do live in CA where we get 90s and 100s even in Sept or Oct so I could probably get away with even thinner pane.
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    Apimaye Hive bees more aggressive?

    My hot and semi-hot hive happens to reside in plastic Apimaye beehives. Is this just a coincidence as I only have 4 hives (now 5)? Or is the plastic equipment somehow making the bees more cranky?
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    Moving Hives - just pure strength?

    I recently split a hive and moved it about 30 feet to the other side of my backyard. It was brutally heavy (just one 10 frame w bottom board). Any equipment or suggestions on how to move hive?
  17. Things to consider when not checking on hives for 5 weeks Jun-July

    It’s not ideal but I won’t be able to check on my hives all of June onto most of July. It’s also height of honey season. There’s no worry of starvation and they forage next to open space near lake...
  18. Professor Firth - Thanks so much for the...

    Professor Firth - Thanks so much for the clarification of what the funding is used for. Mid-way listening to through the podcast I decided to back your project. I’ve donated and given away much more...
  19. I can’t reach above 3 boxes tall without needing...

    I can’t reach above 3 boxes tall without needing a ladder (2 brood box, and one deep honey and possibly one medium). My bees are very productive this year so I’ve been moving out frames. My extra...
  20. I’m glad they’ve more than made their minimum on...

    I’m glad they’ve more than made their minimum on Kickstarter. Since “We are anticipating the app will cost in the $10 - $20 range when it is in its full form. We plan on using those funds to...
  21. What do you use to store capped honey frames?

    The capped honey frame storage boxes sold at online bee stores are really expensive. Does anyone have alternative methods of storing capped honey frames that is more affordable? I heard that...
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    Molded Honey Frames

    What can I do with several of my capped honey frames that has mold on the outside? (Water came into box during rain).
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    Storm Knock Over Beehive! Help

    A storm knock over my strongest beehive and I didn’t notice until after dark. So I waited until the next morning and relocated the survivors to a new hive (in the rain) and noticed that the queen...
  24. Solvenian AZ Hives - access from rear no need to lift boxes

    Do you have experience with AZ hives? The concept intrigues me but almost all AZ cabinets comes preassembled. The cost for Langstroth hybrid AZ hives to be shipped is almost as much as the hive...
  25. I’m currently trying several brood configuration....

    I’m currently trying several brood configuration. Two 10 frame deeps, two 8 frame deeps, and one 10 frame deep. My 8 frame deep never moved up to Ross Round Super, instead the top brood chamber is...
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