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Is Northern California (Bay Area) swarm season over???

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I am curious because no calls the last 2 weeks for swarms and no activity in swarm traps anymore. Anybody in NorCal - sf Bay Area noticing the same?
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Calbears I'm in danville and have 2 new package hives we started 9 weeks ago. Both have 2nd deeps and I hope to add supers with foundation tomorrow. I was going to continue syrup to hopefully help with drawing comb. Is the flow still strong enough that I may get honey if they draw comb within the next 3-4 weeks?
Please let me know you opinion.
Hey Rob congrats and welcome neighbor.... Coco county is much better for bee keepers than alameda so your in a good spot.... You will be fine with honey because last year my bees collected all the way through September.... This year my big hive is on it's 3rd honey super already and my German hive just started filling it's first honey super so about the same as your two...
 

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Prime swarm season is over, but I've caught swarms in Sep.

Hey Rob, you shouldn't need any sugar syrup to get the supers started, CA privet is just coming into bloom you might get a crop from it. Don't use an excluder until they start drawing wax in the super.
I stopped feeding by 2 main hives over a month ago but I am still feeding the 4 nucs I have to get to draw comb faster.... Like I said my big hive is on it's 3rd honey super but my Germans just started moving into the honey super. I added a frame of honey to the super to try and force them up and I checked last night and they have eaten 1/2 the honey... They are in 2 deeps which are full so they should have ample stores right?
 

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>They are in 2 deeps which are full so they should have ample stores right?

Wintering in two full deeps in our climate leaves no space for incoming winter honey. Bay Area bees in suburban neighborhoods can sometimes produce a crop in winter in a honey super, or fill an upper brood chamber with that has empty space. I doubt that bees in suburban Dublin need much winter stores. Now bees surrounded by oak grasslands might.
I agree just thought it was wierd that they are eating the frame of honey I put in the honey super.... I would think that they had ample store already in the 2 deeps...
 
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