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  • #6638

    Rob McFarland
    Keymaster

    Whether you’re an experienced beek or a total new-bee, this is your place to ask questions and help others in their learning process. Fire away!

    #6954

    ceebs bailey
    Participant

    There is honey in my hives, but due to the slow year we’ve had and the current dearth I would prefer to not take any off (if at all) until later in the Fall or early Winter to make sure the bees have plenty. Can you please tell me when would be a good time to harvest while making sure the bees are not penalized? Thanks.

    #6960

    Ruth Askren
    Participant

    Hi Ceebs, I wouldn’t take any off at this point, until the spring. While in the dearth, it’s going to get them through the time of least resources out there. Then, we may have a “fall flow”, when things cool off a bit and we get some blooming natives. But if we have any winter rains and cold, they will hit after that and that’s when the girls are going to need their stores! So I would wait until late February or March, when your forage will be awesome, and the workers can put back right away any surplus that’s taken.
    Ruth

    #6964

    ceebs bailey
    Participant

    Finally, a sensible answer! Thank you. I had read some internet stuff and determined that late Fall was best but I like your answer better and respect your advice even more. Spring it is. I want those girls fat and happy.

    cb..

    #7049

    Reuben Valles
    Participant

    How many of you have ever gotten a swarm to come to a swarm box? If you’ve had success in attracting some bees, how did you do it? Did you use pheromone? lemongrass oil? both?

    Susan told me there are 9 feral colonies per square mile in Los Angeles, so it must be super easy to catch em right??? ;) Im kidding of course

    Just wanting to pick everyones brain

    #7122

    Ruth Askren
    Participant

    I have a nuc box about 15 feet up in a tree at a house in the SF valley where the homeowner has had bee hives inside of that tree for years. Her next door neighbor hates when swarms land on his property so we have been keeping a 5-frame nuc box up there pretty much all the time. With beeswax on starter strips, it’s a well used nuc box which I also baited with a q-tip of lemongrass oil. I have caught two swarms there since last April.

    #7977

    Tamme Tsunoda
    Participant

    Hi I just joined this site today. I came home to s surprise I have a swarm hanging in my tree and am thinking about keeping the bees. Any suggestions? I live in Santa Monica.

    #7978

    ceebs bailey
    Participant

    Tamme—unless you have all your woodware built and ready to go, bee suit, veil, equipment tools and *education,* it would be best to let this swarm move along on its own. They will only stay a few hours or days. Your best bet is to get equipped and place a baited hive or swarm box in your yard. it’s early in the season; another swarm will find you when you’re more prepared. In the meantime, become a HoneyLove annual member and come to lots of workshops.

    cb..

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  ceebs bailey.
    #8030

    Thomas Grueser
    Participant

    I need bee’s removed from my house, do you who take them

    #8031

    ceebs bailey
    Participant

    Hey Thomas—
    Here’s a link to our referral page:

    http://www.honeylove.org/rescuebees

    #8163

    Brandall Suyenobu
    Participant

    I also need a hive removed from my house, but rather than have the bees taken away, would like to keep them on my property and start beekeeping. It looks to me like the groups listed in honeylove/rescuebees only remove the bees. How can I get some help with removing the bees from my house *and* setting them up in a box on my property? Because of the legal situation, so I have to do the latter process myself? This is in the North Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. Thanks.

    #8164

    Max Morgan
    Participant

    Brandall – I’m just up the road from you. Give me a call (661.312.3910) and I’d be happy to come down and see what can be done in terms of doing a removal and rehiving.

    #8168

    ceebs bailey
    Participant

    Brandall—
    Many of the professional rescuers listed on our referral page also do private one-on-one mentoring and/or hive management for hosts.

    cb..

    #8214

    Brandall Suyenobu
    Participant

    Max and cb – thanks for your help. I’m well on my way to getting things taken care of.

    #8400

    lily Strauss
    Participant

    Hi,

    how many hives can one responsibly and responsibly keep on a 1//4 acre residential lot in the City of Los Angeles? We have a fair amount of bloom all year round from a variety of flowering plants. We have two established hives, but we recently captured a swarm with the intention of giving it to a friend, but that friend can no longer take them. Would 3 hives be too many? We’d rather gift the hive to a willing and ready taker if our other two hives will have a greater chance of thriving.

    Thanks,
    Lily

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