My name is Jeffrey Tooker. I am a new member of this list. I am getting back to bee keeping after being out of it for about 10 years. Within three miles radius there everything the bees could want. This spring I retired to Paynes Creek California. I am actually about 10 miles East of Paynes Creek where the post office is. I am up at about 3400 ft. I am on the boundary between the wooded area and the brushy area. The first bloom for the bees is Manzanita. It starts in February (more or less). About the last is Star Thistle. It starts about August. In between we have all kinds if brush and wild flowers.
I have question about Oleander. In the small community I live in there are about 15 Oleanders. The Oleander is a poisonus plant. Will this have an effect on the honey? I know that in the suburbs Oleanders are common enough and must get into the honey produced.
>Does anyone have an opinion on using drone comb for varroa control
I had planned on it for a fallback if the small cell didn't work soon enough. I've never done it. But it's a pretty expensive (in resources) process for the bees. They could have raised a frame of worker brood for every frame of drone you kill and they will only try to raise more drones because they still didn't get the drones they needed.>>>
Has there been any credable research done on the consequences to the hive (not the Varroa) when "Drone Comb Varroa Control" is used?