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Hello all,

My husband and I became beekeepers this past April. We started with two packages, which have been doing great this summer, and will be extracting our very first honey in the next few weeks! We are also the keepers of a small colony of bees which we rescued from a water meter cavity. I'm looking forward to reading about other beekeepers' experiences with the buzzy girls.

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Hi there!

We're up in Oakland, and also started keeeping bees in April.

I'm curious to see what a Bay Area "winter" looks like, for the bees.
 

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What I've heard from local beekeepers is that our winters are pretty easy on the bees, especially close to the water. I do know that I've seen bees foraging even in the dead of winter, on days that it warms up a bit. I think our Bay Area bees will have a much easier time overwintering than bees in other climates.

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Hi from Concord.
There is a new book out called beekeeping in coastal california. available at calbeebook.com. I haven't read it yet.
 

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Down here in southern California. Have been seeing an abundance of honey bees down here. Havent read beekeeping in coastal california but will check it out. I am really enjoying "The Queen Must Die" by William Longgood!
 
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