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Are their other beekeepers in the neighborhood?  I live in the Silver Hill area.  It'd be great to learn of other beeks out there, as i am completely new to this.

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Comment by Tom Day on Monday

Aly,

I am a first year beekeeper with two top bar hives.  One was a package and one a swarm.  They seem to be doing fine, I will open them again the end of the week.  My wife Robin and I live at San Rafael and Richmond SE. 

Tom

Comment by Aly Sanchez on Monday

Hi all, I'm a former 87108 beekeeper but now joining your ranks. We have a topbar hive and live Santa Clara and Princeton area. The colony is actually from this neighborhood; my prior colony didn't overwinter but a swarm set up shop in the empty hive in spring of last year.

Comment by ecOasys on March 12, 2014 at 2:39pm

Hello Tom, You are closer to my GPS/ GIS mapping/ survey consultant, where I am going once or twice a month, typically 14-16:00 Thus.  Also to my primary collaborator at Idylewilde & Monroe, with whom I have been building hives, etc, on a more intermittent basis.  Perhaps we each could swing by to visit one another on a convenient day.  Patrik 255-1933

Comment by Tom Day on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm

I am at the corner of Richmond and San Rafael SE.  I am "retired" so am somewhat flexible time wise.  Tom

Comment by ecOasys on March 11, 2014 at 7:52pm

Hello all, I'll be happy to help, with some qualifications.  I must constrain my discretionary commitments to a 20 min walk or bike ride from Mountain & Girard.  Beyond that, I'll typically miss everything to which I can't arrange a ride and/ or take our toddler.   Perhaps we can create a map here showing the approximate locations, numbers, types, and practices for our hives.  Best, Patrik

Comment by Tom Day on March 11, 2014 at 12:08pm

Hi neighbors, Robin and I were up in Seattle for a short visit.  I missed the monthly meeting, we are trying to catch up, including planting our spring garden.  We have our first bees coming in a couple of weeks.  Mariel, I would be happy to help with your bees once I feel confident to do that. 

Tom

Comment by ecOasys on March 6, 2014 at 9:54pm

Hello Mariel, I myself doubt one could lose bees here to cold: inadequate ventilation-moisture accumulation, working through their stores, weakening & death from combined insults, but not just frost.  A late hard frost might kill most all the fruit blossoms, but I notice my bees hell-bent away for something other than my dozens of blooming apricots & nanking cherry.  There's likely always something for them in the 'watered' parts of town.  You can check they have enough honey, some people give sugar water.  I myself don't harvest honey in the autumn, but when they're done with the old and putting up new in the spring. 

I'm not sure whose design we've been building, but we just use a table saw to split, cut, and bevel 2x4 for the bars.  It basic shop & extra caution, but no finicky moves.  I've never lost a comb which wasn't attached elsewhere to the box, or part of a cross-comb mess.  I typically only open the boxes when splitting or un-crossing. 

Comment by Mariel Campbell on March 6, 2014 at 7:15pm

Good to hear your bees are doing well, Patrick. I'm very happy mine seem to have survived the winter so far. Do you think with the bloom on now that the risk of losing them to a late frost still exists?

I'm also going to building one or two new hives. I'm currently using Les Crowder's hive design, but may start using TJs top bar style with the routered top bar and square insert. I had problems last year with the combs getting too heavy and breaking when it was hot, even when I was very careful in turning them. Does anyone out there have any experience with this?

Comment by ecOasys on March 6, 2014 at 11:12am

I just got back from away project to all my apricots in bloom and bees very active.  I will soon be opening up to check on comb, queen, brood.  I have some honeycomb mess to put out for the weakest.  I aim to split all three colonies as soon as strong growth follows full bloom.  I need to build between one and seven new boxes. I'll probably be getting a veil soon.  Generally I leave my hives alone unless cross-combing, and I can see that through window.  Have a good season.

Comment by Mariel Campbell on February 11, 2014 at 9:38pm

Thanks, Tom and Patrik - and yes, I am interested in helping out and working collaboratively but totally understand time committment issues. I travel a fair amount, and have had to deal with cross combing as a result, so I'm also interested if anyone would like to exchange bee care during travel periods. Let me know and I can send contact info. Oh, and I'm also using top bar but am interested in learning about any variety of method.

 

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