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Offline mattolebees

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Starting my second year in northern california
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:52:11 PM »
Hey all
I managed four hives last year, on my ranch in humboldt county.  the results were mixed.  harvested some really nice, unique, smoky honey (my guess was heavy influence from poison oak)
but I also lost a hive.  or that is to say, I combined two weak hives, and one of the two SWARMED IN NOVEMBER and must have subsequently died (capitals to show my total disbelief when I heard that had happened, I was away.)

So now I'm getting started again, and I needed to connect with some more experienced folks out there.

thanks, in anticipation, for all the help I'll get.

ben brown

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Re: Starting my second year in northern california
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 11:22:28 AM »
Hey Ben,
The forums are great.  You can often find answers to your questions before you ask.  If you want answers fast then ask targeted questions.  You can learn much here just browsing around.  Welcome and have fun.
Dave - PM me if you are interseted in natural beekeeping in Hancock County Maine.
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Offline kathyp

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Re: Starting my second year in northern california
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 11:08:13 PM »
when you get a chance, go into your profile and put your location.  it will help with the questions and answers.
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Offline mattolebees

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Re: Starting my second year in northern california
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 04:33:16 PM »
thanks, I'll update my profile.
I'm freaking out right now, worried my girls are starving.  gonna feed them, despite not really wanting to....

Offline RayMarler

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Re: Starting my second year in northern california
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010, 07:19:05 PM »
lift up the back edge of the hive and see how heavy it feels.
Better weather forecast for next week.
Check the activity on the entrance, see if pollen is coming in.
Remove the top cover on clear day and check a couple outer frames in top box for stores.
My bees are bringing in pollen now, and had enough stores a week and a half ago here in Marysville.
Bloom time is starting up here, and almonds should be opening any time with this clear weather forecast.
Sitting in the shade, drinking lemon aid.
Enjoying the breeze while counting the bees.

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Re: Starting my second year in northern california
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010, 11:14:55 PM »
Ben, welcome to our forum, that is great you found us.  Have that great day, with great health. Cindi
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