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Hello, I just joined the forum here. Perhaps I should have done this the day I got my hive but hey I'm here now.

I'm from Sacramento, CA and got two 8 tray hives about 8ish months ago. Last month I moved the bees into 10 tray boxes and added one new one extra new box on top. During the process I felt like a moron doing everything wrong. Don't get me wrong I talked to whomever I could think of and my roommate and I Google for hours; but still it didn't seem to go smooth. A month later the bees are still there so at least we didn't upset them enough for them to run away. Since this is more of an intro thread I'll leave the rest of the story for later.

But for now two questions:

1) Is anyone else in the Sacramento area that is willing to have me watch over their shoulder while they work with their bees? Or perhaps even just meet up and trade some knowledge over a coffee or beer?

2) What type of Bees do I have? This short video I made today of my hive has some pretty close up footage. I'm hoping the detail allows an experienced eye to help identify my bee type:

About 30 seconds into the video normal color and slow motion starts. If they are too hard to see let me know I have plenty of other photos and raw video of inside and outside the hive. Today I just wanted to learn more about video editing so I played around with some effects :).
http://youtu.be/ef0s08h5H9I

Thanks folks,
David
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome to the forum. I'm only starting my second year keeping bees. I would say your bees are Italians. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in. Also cool video.
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome to the forum. I'm only starting my second year keeping bees. I would say your bees are Italians. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in. Also cool video.
Heya, thanks for the hello... I'm guessing the first year for most is pretty tricky? Seemed so simple as the guy who dropped off the hive explained things. I'm sure it shall get easier. I'm hoping for success. I plan to open the hive in a week or two to see how the new box is filling in. I have 5 other 10 tray boxes so once I learn more I'll be ready to split hives.

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Hello, welcome to Beesource. I cannot help you identify your bees as I am a complete New Bee as well, only hived my first packages less than 2 weeks ago.

Nice video and good luck.
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Heheh, well thanks for saying howdy, and good luck to us both!
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome, I'm new as well and hived my first two packages on 4/19. We have cold rainy weather here so I can't get inside till maybe Thursday, which is killing me. Cool video editing there David! Good luck with those awesome bugs.
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome, I'm new as well and hived my first two packages on 4/19. We have cold rainy weather here so I can't get inside till maybe Thursday, which is killing me. Cool video editing there David! Good luck with those awesome bugs.
Thanks, and wow, the bee keeping hobby is seemingly becoming a pretty big buZz lately. best of luck to you too.
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

You need Ray Mayler from this site. He is a member of the Sac beekeeping Club. Last name is spelt incorrectly.
Also please read some books, try beekeeping for dummies as a good first book to read.
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome Dave. I'm also in the Sac area, but this is my first hive, so I'm a newb also. I just installed my package last month on the 12th. I agree about the Beekeeping for Dummies book, I found it really easy to read. I joined SABA last year, but I didn't renew for this year. I will probably get around to that eventually. Good luck

oh, and they look like Italians to me also, but, not sure :kn:
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

Welcome Dave. I'm also in the Sac area, but this is my first hive, so I'm a newb also. I just installed my package last month on the 12th. I agree about the Beekeeping for Dummies book, I found it really easy to read. I joined SABA last year, but I didn't renew for this year. I will probably get around to that eventually. Good luck

oh, and they look like Italians to me also, but, not sure :kn:
Right on, I was going to go to the last SABA meeting but I work Tuesday nights. Over the summer I don't really work nearly as much so if I'm in town I'll pop up at one of the meetings soon though. Seems like a great resource and must have a load of interesting folks. We've started the process of splitting today. What part of Sacramento are you in?
 

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Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

I went to one meeting, it was interesting, but not for the reasons you'd think.
I am a little north of Sac area, in Placer County.
 
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