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    Cost of in-person tutoring

    Hello Everyone. Does anyone teach beekeeping in-person? I've been asked for the first time to provide beekeeping tutoring but I don't know how much I should charge? I want it not to be too expensive...
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    Re: Any TF beekeepers from Sacramento area?

    JRG13, I remember you answering my questions on this forum in the past. Thank you. You were saying you have mix of both. Do you keep all of them in the same yard or in separated yards? What do you...
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    Re: Any TF beekeepers from Sacramento area?

    Hello and thanks for your reply. I work with Carniolan bees since I replenish my losses by trapping swarms. And this I normally get - Carniolan bees. I am also doing foundationless. I don't know much...
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    Any TF beekeepers from Sacramento area?

    Hello Everyone,

    I wonder if there are treatment-free beekeepers from Sacramento area on this forum.

    I am a hobbyist TF beekeeper since 2011. Despite my modest experience on the subject, I...
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    Re: Why such difference in honey stores?

    Thanks David. You have a good point here. I can see they raise brood. That is fine. We need winter bees. However, I wonder whether they have a clue that winter is coming. They have practically no...
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    Why such difference in honey stores?

    I have two hives that started as swarms of this year. They are located about 3 miles apart, both in established and irrigated areas of the town. To my surprise, I was able today to pull five frames...
  7. Re: Seeking practical advice on Spring honey flow, Northern California?

    For about five years, I didn't treat them for mites. I would leave them enough honey for winter. Occasionally, I would feed them sugar syrup. Nothing else. With ample honey stores, I noticed a small...
  8. Re: Seeking practical advice on Spring honey flow, Northern California?

    Thank you very much, David.
  9. Re: Seeking practical advice on Spring honey flow, Northern California?

    Thank you so much. I noticed a red eucalyptus variety has bloomed already. My hives are in town, in an well irrigated area. The issue may be the lack of pollen. Accordingly, they cannot raise enough...
  10. Re: Seeking practical advice on Spring honey flow, Northern California?

    Thanks for your answer. I am in town, in an established area that is well irrigated. I tend to leave them honey for winter. What I really think is the lack of pollen in Fall that prevents them from...
  11. Seeking practical advice on Spring honey flow, Northern California?

    Hello All,

    Would anyone give me little advice on how to prepare the bees in Fall and early Spring for a Spring honey flow/harvest? I live in Sacramento, CA. I know maximizing the bee population...
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    SBB and pollen loss

    I am about to introduce Screened Bottom Boards. Would February be a good time here in North California? I incline to think that it would be fine since there is others that keep them year round in...
  13. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Patties vs. pollen substitute? Same thing? Any difference? Nobody said something about dry sugar. Thanks to all who answered.
  14. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    I didn't open the hives yet. They look pretty vibrant at entrances though. This may be a clue that they do fine. I don't see dead ones either. Soon I will take a peek, on a nice sunny day.
  15. Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Is it worth feeding pollen substitute when fresh and natural pollen is already available in the nature? I have in mind brood rearing and a boost for the bees before Spring flow starts. Michael Bush...
  16. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    I have a survivor colony since 2011. Plenty of bees and healthy. Located in the city. At this time, they bring in pollen, but I don't see any significant/surplus stores. If this continues until...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?/Controlling methods suggestions, please/

    Exactly. I see lots of them in my area too. Just a few days ago popped-up the top cover, and I saw a few dozens corralled by the bees on the cover from inside. And, it's a strong hive. I don't see...
  18. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I could see yesterday young eucalyptus buds in the city. Are they flowering in July? Thanks.
  19. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    "...I expect to get more in the fall." How would you explain more honey in Fall? I witnessed the same last year. Is it the survival pressure that determine the bees to amass food right before winter?
  20. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I caught them right before. They produced a swarm cell which I transferred in a nuc along with bees, capped brood, honey, all resulting in a split. What makes me to think they didn't swarm is no...
  21. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Are you located in the city of Chico or next to it? Have you extracted at all this year? If you are located within city limits and no surplus honey, then it's probably drought-related. It's hard to...
  22. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Thanks so much for your prompt answer. I suspect them still being in the growing mode since there is pollen coming in and queen (I noticed) is laying like in the last few months. It's a second year...
  23. Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I have a hive located in the city. June is the time in this area when decent colonies cap their honey and make a decent crop. My hive has at least two boxes full of bees but produced very little...
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    Feeding a very small swarm/Question

    I recently trapped a very small swarm in a bait hive. I live in the city and there is still a good nectar flow in my area. Do you think I should feed them sugar syrup to increase their survival...
  25. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    When you normally harvest in our area (what month)? Do you feed them intensively sugar syrup before the honey flow to get the needed bee population? My best hives bring in nectar, and there is some...
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